Statistics is the science of data: how valid data is produced, how to explore data to find trends, how to describe data quantitatively, and how to draw valid conclusions from data. This course delves more deeply into the methods and techniques introduced in Math 121 (Statistics). We will also introduce the multiple regression (and the associated inference tests) and ANOVA (analysis of variance), as well as other topics. The course will emphasize hands-on experience with data, and the real-life applications of statistical thinking.
Math 121 (Statistics), or permission of instructor.
MWF 10:30 - 11:20, Bagby 111, R 12:30 - 1:20, Bagby 111
MWF 2:30 - 4:00, TR 3:30 - 5:00, Bagby 125
Monday, May 6, 9 am until noon.
Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, Moore, McCabe, and Craig, 7th edition
I will be running the course using a web-based system called StatsPortal. Both the text and the homework system are part of StatsPortal. You should have already received an email from me about signing up for StatsPortal. You are required to purchase StatsPortal with the online homework system.
A TI-84 or TI-84 Plus graphing calculator is required for this course. It very good investment, not only for this course, but for other math and statistics courses. I do not recommend more advanced models such as the TI-89 or TI-92.
Three in-class tests will be given. Tentative dates for the tests are
A comprehensive, in-class final exam will be given on Monday, May 6, from 9 am until noon.
I will assign homework problems daily. I expect you to do these before the next class period. The first ten minutes of each class meeting is open to discussion of the practice homework problems. Approximately once every two weeks we will have a short quiz. Topics for the quiz will always be announced at least one class meeting in advance. The quizzes will be based on the assigned homework.
Mathematics is one of the oldest of the academic disciplines, and in addition to its intellectual content, it has a rich history and culture. Mathematics culture points ("cults") are awarded for activities which engage with that culture in a substantive, non-trivial way. You may earn cultural points in a variety of ways, such as attending and reporting on a Math/CS colloquium talk, or solving a Math/CS Problem of the Month. In order to receive the full 5% credit for cultural points, you must earn at least 10 cults. Cults are awarded for the following activities:
To earn cults for a particular activity, a student must submit a brief write-up (approximately one page, word processed) addressing the following topics:
Note that all reports must be word-processed. Handwritten reports are not accepted.The number of cults awarded for a specific activity depends on the quality of the write-up. In grading the cults, you will not receive the full cults score if you do not use proper spelling and grammar in your write-up. If anything is misspelled or if there is at least one instance of improper grammar, you will not receive the full cults score.
You are expected to attend every class. See the Hampden-Sydney College Catalog for the College's policies on class attendance. You assume full responsibility for all material covered during any absence. A grade of "0" will be assigned for all work missed due to unexcused absences.