A **Pie Chart** shows data as sectors of a circle. A pie chart is built from a table of data.

Building a pie chart consists of these steps:

• Add the frequencies to obtain a total;

• Divide 360º by the total (to get the number of degrees for one item);

• Multiply each frequency by this number;

• Plot the pie chart using these values;

• Label the pie chart and provide a title

A school is taking 120 students on a trip. The students come from several year groups. Plot a pie chart to represent the data.

Frequency | |

Year 7 | 21 |

Year 8 | 27 |

Year 9 | 29 |

Year 10 | 32 |

Year 11 | 11 |

Add frequencies for total = 120.

Each student is worth 360 ÷ 120 = 3º

Multiply each frequency by 3º

Frequency | ||

Year 7 | 21 | 3º x 21 = 63 |

Year 8 | 27 | 3º x 27 = 81 |

Year 9 | 29 | 3º x 29 = 87 |

Year 10 | 32 | 3º x 32 = 96 |

Year 11 | 11 | 3º x 11 = 33 |

Totals | 120 | 360º |

Plot the chart, adding a title and labels

Answer:

The pie chart below shows the type of cars sold by a car showroom over one month. 18 5-door cars were sold. How many SUVs were sold?

18 five-door cars = 90º

1 car = 90 ÷ 18 = 5º for each car

SUVs = 130º ÷ 5 = 26 cars

Answer: 26

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