Use your Calculator to Calculate Standard Deviation

February 3, 2017

| Specialist Math Tutor

After a tedious and lengthy process of calculating the standard deviation using the formula, you are uncertain whether your final answer is correct. After all, it involves a dozen of complicated steps and you could have made a typo in any one of them. That one careless mistake in the sea of working could result in you losing the 2-3 marks allocated to finding this trouble maker called standard deviation.

 

Fortunately, our best buddy (Mr Calculator) is capable of churning out the standard deviation quickly. Time to learn how to make full use of your calculator to calculate the standard deviation!

 

 

Note: The calculator can only be used for checking of answers! You are still required to show your working to get the method marks in your math exams!

 

Using Calculator Casio fx-96SG PLUS to Calculate Standard Deviation

 

Step 1: Activate Frequency Column

(You only need to do this once as long as you don’t reset your calculator)

Step 2: Change to Stat Mode

 Step 3: Input Data

Type and enter the x-values/frequency using the number buttons and equal button.

Use the arrow keys to move around.

 

Once the full set of data has been entered, press

 

Step 4: Obtain Standard Deviation

 

 

Example:

A group of 100 students in Singapore were asked the number of hours that they spend on

 

every week. The results are given in the table below.

 

Using the calculator method shown above, find the standard deviation of the number of hours that these students in Singapore spend on math tuition.

 

 

 

Answer: 1.09

 

Hint: Use the mid-value of the data for when keying in "x". (use 0.5 for first row, 1.5 for second row etc.)

 

 

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~ Napoleon Hill

 

 

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