Class Meetings: MWRF 8:30 - 9:20, Bagby 111
Office Hours: MWF 2:30 - 4:00, TR 2:30 - 3:30
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. All these topics will be introduced in this course. Probability theory provides important tools and concepts to statistics, and so we will also introduce some basic concepts from this area. The course will emphasize hands-on experience with data, and the real-life applications of statistical thinking.
The specific learning objectives of this course are to
I will be running the course using a web-based system called StatsPortal. You should have received an email from me about signing up for StatsPortal. You are required to purchase StatsPortal. Most of the homework for the class will be done through StatsPortal. StatsPortal also contains an eBook (electronic version) of our textbook ("The Basic Practice Of Statistics", 6th edition, by David Moore). In addition it contains many other helpful features, including as audio and video tutorials.
A TI-84 Plus graphing calculator is required for this course.
Saturday, May 3, 9 am - 12 noon.
Three in-class tests will be given. Tentative dates for these are
I will assign homework problems on StatsPortal after each class. You will generally have two days in which to complete each assignment. The first ten minutes of each class meeting is open to discussion of the homework problems. Periodically we will have a short in-class 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 one of these activities, a student must submit a brief write-up (approximately one page, word processed) addressing the following topics:
All reports must be word-processed. Handwritten reports are not acceptable. 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. If another one of your professors is awarding cults, a student may use the same activity to earn cults in more than one class. However, the number of cults a particular assignment will earn is completely up to the professor who receives it. In other words, the same assignment may earn a different number of cults, depending on the professor who grades it.
A comprehensive final exam will be given on Saturday, May 3, from 9 am until 12 noon.
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.