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a. Identify the subjects, factor(s), levels, treatments, and the response (outcome) variable Subjects: 30 cakes Factors: temperature and stirring rate Levels: temperature has 2 levels (300, 350); stirring rate has 3 levels (60, 90, 120) Treatments: There are 2x3=6 treatments: b. Evaluate this experiment in terms of the 3 criteria we used in lecture. i. Make comparisons: Set up to try to make good comparisons cleanly between the temperatures and stirring rates. ii. Avoid bias: Can’t tell if they controlled for biases; some things to watch for would be baking time, type of cake (same for all treatments); ingredients for the cakes (all exactly                                            4 60 rpm 90 rpm 120 rpm 300 degrees Trt 1 Trt 2 Trt 3 350 degrees Trt 4 Trt 5 Trt 6

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the same), the person baking the cakes, where they bake the cakes, location of the cake in the oven, how they measure height of the cake, etc. iii. Have enough data. As far as having enough data, I think no, since there are only 5 cakes for each combination. Would like to see more (say around 20 at least) c. How can you make this experiment better? Justify your answer. Lots of answers here; biggest thing is to raise the sample size; have 10-20 cakes per treatment (this may be hard to do from a practical standpoint), and talk about how you’ll handle the issues in part b above. 13. A researcher wants to study the effects of computer activities vs. pencil and paper activities on learning math for preschool children. Thirty children will participate in her study; 15 children using computer activities and 15 children using pencil and paper activities. She wants to compare the performance of the two groups. To form the two groups she will choose between two procedures. Procedure 1 : She brings the children into a room with 30 desks; 15 desks have computers and 15 desks have a paper and pencil. She tells the children to go to whichever table they want. Procedure 2: She flips a coin for each child. Heads = computer group and Tails = paper and pencil group. Each child goes to their assigned group; when one group is filled the rest go to the other group. Which procedure is the best to use and why? (If they are equally effective explain why.) Use the 3 criteria we learned in lecture to answer this question. Procedure 2 is much better, because it uses random assignment of children to treatments. Procedure 1 will have loads of bias because children may tend to go toward computers if they like computers and stay away from them if they don’t, etc. 14. Fizz labs, a pharmaceutical company, has developed a new pain-relief medication (in the form of a pill). Three hundred patients suffering from arthritis and needing pain relief are available. 100 people are randomly assigned to the new medicine, 100 are randomly assigned to a control group and the remaining 100 are assigned aspirin. Each patient is treated and asked one hour later, “About what percentage of pain relief did you experience, if any?” a. Identify the subjects, factor(s), levels, treatments, and the response (outcome) variable.
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