**say I have a bunch of numbers (eg I have bought nine boxes of matches and counted how many matches in each box)**

I found 44, 45, 51, 44, 39, 41, 47, 44 and 45

so there was

one box with 39 matches

one box with 41 matches

three boxes with 44 matches

two boxes with 45 matches

one box with 47 matches

one box with 51 matches

the modal number in this case is 44 because there were more boxes with 44 matches than any other.

*You can have more than one modal number eg:*

**I have ten iced cupcakes with chocolate chips on, I counted the number on chocolate chips on each cake**

4, 6, 4, 5, 6, 4, 5, 7, 3 and 6

one cake had 3 chocolate chips

three cakes had 4 chocolate chips

two cakes had 5 chocolate chips

three cakes had 6 chocolate chips

one cake had 7 chocolate chips

so 4 and 6 was the most frequent number of chocolate chips and they both on the same number of cakes (three cakes each).

In this case the modal numbers are 4 and 6