MATH 117 Intro Statistics Main Page
An appropriate thing to say regarding this course might be Welcome to the wonderful world of data! Why? Well, the focus of MATH 117 Introduction to Statistics will include organizing, exploring, and presenting data using tabular and graphical forms. Reading newspapers and magazines, exploring information related to other disciplines on the Internet, and even watching the evening news programs, you will find data and this data will be analyzed and presented using statistical techniques, many of which you will learn about in this course. Reading one of the many medication advertisements in magazine, you will find that sampling techniques are used to to create the groups on which these medications were tested and statistics regarding the performance and side effects of these medications are presented. If you play the lottery or you buy raffle tickets, having knowledge of probability will help you to determine what, if anything, you might expect to win. Having knowledge of how to analyze, organize, and present data, some basic knowledge of probability, familiarity with various distributions, an understanding of sampling and the design of experiments as well as for hypothesis testing and the use of confidence intervals, and correlation and regression will be helpful to you in your studies in any discipline that necessitates the use and analysis of data -- and might help you to get a better-paying job in the future too.
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Quizzes: There will be seven (7) quizzes. Quizzes, ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes in duration, are mandatory and will be administered at the beginning of class on the dates listed below.. Keeping up to date on the readings and practice exercises will help you to be ready to take the quizzes. Since quizzes will be given at the beginning of class, you must be on time; you will not be given extra time during which to take/complete the quiz if you are late. If you miss an quiz, your grade will be recorded as zero (0). You are expected to be on-time for quizzes; you will not be given additional time during which to take/complete a quiz if you are late.
There will be three (3) examinations and one (1) cumulative final
examination . The dates for these examinations are listed below.
These examinations will be closed-book. You must bring a calculator
for each examination; extra calculators will not be available for you to
borrow during the exam. You will not be allowed to use a computer,
the calculator on your cell phone or that on any other device, or scrap paper during these
examinations. You are expected to
be on-time for the examinations; you will not be given additional time during
which to take/complete an examination if you are late.
NOTE: The Final Exam Schedule is set by the University and it cannot be changed. It is your responsible to take the Final Examination on the day and at the time for which it is scheduled. You man not take the Final Examination during another time or with another section of the course.
Please remember that your questions are important to me, that I want to help you to do well in the course, and that there is no such thing as a stupid question.