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Empty Pop Cans And Analysis Of Variance

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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8.481.1 - 8.481.10



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Tony Lin

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Matthew Sanders

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Session 2793

Empty Pop Cans and Analysis of Variance

Tony Lin and Matthew S. Sanders

Industrial Engineering Program Kettering University Flint, Michigan 48504


It is always a challenge to not only teach the engineering students at Kettering University the required knowledge and skills but also excite them about real world applications. After all, Kettering University is a fully co-op university, and its students need to apply what they learned in the classroom to solve the problems they face at the work place during their co-op terms. Because of their real world experience, majority of the students expect to see more than just “textbook” data analysis. In order to accomplish this, students are required to conduct various hands-on experiments from collecting to analyzing data during their course of study, particularly in engineering statistics classes.

The authors believe that it is important for the students to understand the concept of statistical thinking and learn the basic statistical tools such as Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Design of Experiments. The majority of students understand the statistical application better if they conduct statistical experiments rather than just solving theoretical problems from textbooks. Since there are not many hands-on statistical activities in the textbooks, in one of the engineering statistics courses offered by the Industrial Engineering Program, an interesting lab project was created to allow students conduct the experiment, collect and analyze real data, interpret the results and expand their horizon to ask more questions for further investigation. This lab project is known as Empty Pop Cans Experiment. The variations of this type of experiment are numerous but the authors only discuss the experiment performed during one particular term in this paper.

Objective of the Experiment (Question/Problem)

The objective of the experiment is to investigate if different brands of empty pop cans show significant mean weight difference.

Lin, T., & Sanders, M. (2003, June), Empty Pop Cans And Analysis Of Variance Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12588

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