Text: The Practice of <strong>Statistics</strong> (3 rd edition), by Yates, Moore, and Starnes, W. H. Freeman & Co., 2008. (referred to below as TPS) ISBN: 0-7167- 7309-0 Elements of <strong>Statistics</strong> Instructor: Jim Spiker Email: james.spiker@gilbertschools.net Phone: (480) 497-0177 x351 <strong>MAT206</strong> /<strong>AP</strong> <strong>Statistics</strong> Syllabus 1 st Period : 6:30-7:25 2nd Period 7:30-8:25 Start Date: 8/8/12 End Date: 5/23/13 3 Credits GHS Room 2911 Office Hours: 6:00-6:30 daily and 5 th hour daily. After school by appointment Basic concepts and applications of statistics, including data description, estimation and hypothesis tests. Prerequisites: (A grade of “C” or better in MAT140 or MAT141 or MAT142) or (A grade of “C” or better in MAT150 or MAT151 or MAT152) or equivalent, or satisfactory score on District placement exam. GHS requirements of C or better in Topics 5/6 COURSE DESCRIPTION: <strong>AP</strong> <strong>Statistics</strong> is the high school equivalent of a one semester, introductory college statistics course. In this course, students develop strategies for collecting, organizing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students design, administer, and tabulate results from surveys and experiments. Probability and simulations aid students in constructing models for chance phenomena. Sampling distributions provide the logical structure for confidence intervals and hypothesis tests. Students use a TI-83/84 graphing calculator, Minitab, and java applets to investigate statistical concepts. To develop effective statistical communication skills, students are required to prepare frequent written and oral analyses of real data. COURSE GOALS: In <strong>AP</strong> <strong>Statistics</strong>, students are expected to learn Skills • To produce convincing oral and written statistical arguments, using appropriate terminology, in a variety of applied settings. • When and how to use technology to aid them in solving statistical problems Knowledge • Essential techniques for producing data (surveys, experiments, observational studies, simulations), analyzing data (graphical & numerical summaries), modeling data (probability, random variables, sampling distributions), and drawing conclusions from data (inference procedures – confidence intervals and significance tests) Habits of mind • To become critical consumers of published statistical results by heightening their awareness of ways in which statistics can be improperly used to mislead, confuse, or distort the truth.