MATH 201 Applied Statistics
Fall 2013
Section 004 1:50 to 2:50 M W
F
Instructor: Dr. Chris
Edwards Phone: 4241358 or 9483969 Office: Swart 123
Classroom: S. Halsey 202 Text: Introduction to the
Practice of Statistics 7^{th} edition, by David S. Moore and
George P. McCabe. Earlier editions of the text will
likely be adequate, but you will have to allow for different page numbers and
homework problem numbers. Link to Day by Day notes
Required Calculator: TI83, TI83 Plus,
or TI84 Plus, by Texas Instruments. Other TI graphics calculators (like the
TI86) do not have the same statistics routines we will be using and will cause
you troubles.
Catalog Description: An introduction to applied
statistics using a statistical computing package such as MINITAB. Topics include: Descriptive statistics,
elementary probability, discrete and continuous distributions, interval and
point estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. Prerequisite: Mathematics 104 or 108
with a grade of C or better.
Course Objectives: (Click
here for full document.) The goal of statistics is to gain
understanding from data. This
course focuses on critical thinking and active learning. Students will be engaged in statistical
problem solving and will develop intuition concerning data analysis, including
the use of appropriate technology.
Specifically students will develop
¥ an interest and aptitude in applying statistics to other areas of human inquiry
¥ an awareness of the nature and value of statistics
¥ a sound, critical approach to interpreting statistics, including possible misuses
¥ facility with statistical calculations and evaluations, using appropriate technology
¥ effective written and oral communication skills
Grading: Final grades are based on 410 points:

Topic 
Points 
Tentative Date 
Exam 1 
Descriptive Statistics 
90 pts. 
October 7 
Exam 2 
Sampling, Probability, and the CLT 
90 pts. 
November 8 
Exam 3 
Statistical Inference 
80 pts. 
December 13 
Group Presentations 
20 Points Each 
60 pts. 
Biweekly 
Homework 
10 Points Each 
90 pts. 
Weekly 
Attendance is a very important component of success in my class because
many of the skills and lessons we will learn will be a direct result of
classroom activities that cannot be reproduced easily. Please attend class as
often as you can. You are responsible
for any material you miss. The Day
By Day notes will help you greatly in this regard.
Presentations: There will be three presentations, each
worth 20 points. The descriptions
of the presentations are in the Day By Day Notes. I will assign you to your groups for
these presentations, as I want to avoid you having the same members each
time. I expect each person in a
group to contribute to the work; you can allocate the work in any way you
like. If a group member is not
contributing, see me as soon as possible so I can make a decision about what to
do. Part of your presentation grade
will be based on your own evaluations of how each person contributed to the presentation.
The topics are: 1 – Displays and Regression (October 4). 2 –
Sampling and Probability (November 6). 3 – Statistical Hypothesis Testing
(December 11).
Homework:
I will collect
several homework problems approximately once a week. The due dates are listed on the course
outline below. While I will only be
grading a few problems, I presume that you will be working on many more than
just the ones I assign. I suggest
that you work together in small groups on the homework for this class. What I
expect is a well thoughtout, complete discussion of the problem. Please donÕt just put down a numerical
answer; I want to see how you did
the problem. (You wonÕt get full
credit for just numerical answers.)
The method you use and your description is much more important to me
than the final numerical answer. Important Grading Feature: If your
homework percentage is lower than your exam percentage, I will replace your homework percentage with
your exam percentage. Therefore,
your homework percentage cannot be lower than your exam percentage.
Office
Hours: Office hours are times when I will
be in my office to help you. There
are many other times when I am in my office. If I am in and not busy, I will be happy
to help. My office hours for Fall
2013 semester are Tuesday 10:30 to 11:30, Wednesday 3:00 to 4:00, or by
appointment.
Philosophy: I strongly believe that you, the student, are the only person who can make yourself learn. Therefore, whenever it is appropriate, I expect you to discover the mathematics we will be exploring. I do not feel that lecturing to you will teach you how to do mathematics. I hope to be your guide while we learn some mathematics, but you will need to do the learning. I expect each of you to come to class prepared to digest the dayÕs material. That means you will benefit most by having read each section of the text and the Day By Day notes before class.
My idea of education is that one learns by doing. I believe that you must be engaged in the learning process to learn well. Therefore, I view my job as a teacher not as telling you the answers to the problems we will encounter, but rather pointing you in a direction that will allow you to see the solutions yourselves. To accomplish that goal, I will find different interactive activities for us to work on. Your job is to use me, your text, your friends, and any other resources to become adept at the material.
Homework 1, due September
16 
Chapter
1: 1.24
page 23 (make a pie chart, even without software) 
Homework 2, due September
23 
Chapter 1: 1.68
pages 4647 (also include a quantile plot) 
Homework 3, due September
30 
Chapter
2: 2.24
page 96 
Homework 4, due October 16 
Chapter
3: 3.18
page 184 
Homework 5, due October 25 
Chapter
4: 4.26
page 246 
Homework 6, due November 1 
Chapter
4: 4.84
page 276 Chapter
5: 5.18
page 310 
Homework 7, due November 20 
Chapter
6: 6.34
page 360 (Beware; the calculator will give a poor answer.) 
Homework 8, due December 2 
Chapter
6: 6.122
page 400 Chapter
7: 7.24
page 427 
Homework 9, due December 9 
Chapter
7: 7.80
page 457 Chapter
8: 8.26
page 488 
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