Posted: March 6th, 2021
Assignment 1: LASA 2: The Apportionment Problem
You are a census officer in a newly democratic nation and you have been charged with using the census data from the table below to determine how 100 congressional seats should be divided among the 10 states of the union.
State |
Population |
1 |
15475 |
2 |
35644 |
3 |
98756 |
4 |
88346 |
5 |
369 |
6 |
85663 |
7 |
43427 |
8 |
84311 |
9 |
54730 |
10 |
25467 |
Being a fan of United States history, you are familiar with the many methods of apportionment applied to this problem to achieve fair representation in the US House of Representatives. You decide that apportionment (chapter 11, sections 1-4 in your textbook) is the best approach to solving this problem, but need to compare several methods and then determine which is actually fair.
You may perform your own calculations or use the Excel spreadsheet here to assist you. You must show some calculations in your document to demonstrate that you know how to perform these tasks. Be sure to compile your work in a Word document and submit it to the M5: Assignment 1 Dropbox by Week 5, Day 5.
Assignment 2 Grading Criteria |
Maximum Points |
Assignment Components | |
Application of Hamilton and Huntington-Hill formulas to determine number of seats for each state. Analysis of those results to determine state average constituency. |
44 |
Analysis of results from above to determine if Alabama paradox occurred. |
44 |
Analysis of state boundaries and population effects on representational balance. |
48 |
Evaluation of the apportionment methods. |
48 |
Proposed solution to achieve fair representation. |
48 |
Writing Components | |
Organization—Introduction,Thesis,Transitions,Conclusion |
20 |
Usage and Mechanics—Grammar, Spelling, Sentence structure |
32 |
APA Elements—Attribution, Paraphrasing, Quotations |
8 |
Style—Audience, Word Choice |
8 |
Total: |
300 |
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