We will have some fun demolishing several enticing examples that commonly are used in statistics textbooks to illustrate the mean, median, and mode. A little calculus backed up by some data show that these concepts are not as intuitive as they appear.
*About Ann E. Watkins:
Ann Watkins is Professor of Mathematics at California State University, Northridge.
In January 2001, she became president of the MAA, having served previously as second vice-president, governor of the Southern California Section, chair of the Coordinating Council on Education, and co-editor of the College Mathematics Journal.
Professor Watkins' field is statistics education. In 1999,
she was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She is
a former chair of the Advanced Placement Statistics Development Committee
and the co-author or co-editor of thirteen books including Activity-Based
Statistics, Statistics in Action, and Exploring Data. She was selected
as the 1994-1995 Cal State Northridge Outstanding Professor and won the
1997 Cal State Northridge Award for the Advancement of Teaching Effectiveness.