Average Perceived Class Size and Average Perceived Population Density

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It is claimed that mean class size, as perceived by students, is always greater than a school's advertised average class size. This article gives a new quick proof, goes beyond previous inquiries to consider the perceptions of students taking multiple classes, and then develops a generalization for average population densities within a state or region. As a bonus, the discussion invokes famous inequalities by Chebyshev and Cauchy.

Document Type: Short Communication

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4169/193113409X458741

Publication date: September 1, 2009

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