AP Statistics
Union Grove High School
Ms. Felz - Room 221
          






             
            

 

Objective:
The course provides an opportunity to prepare for the May AP examination in Statistics. The course is guided by the AP syllabus and covers the following areas: organizing data, normal, binomial, geometric, and sample distributions, correlation, experimental designs, probability, and statistical inference and testing.  Upon completion students will develop into competent interpreters and users of statistical data and information.  Decision-making and justification of statistical hypotheses are emphasized.  
The AP Statistics course will prepare students for the College Board Advanced Placement Exam which is given in May. Students can earn college credit for this course by scoring from 3 to 5 on the exam. The amount of credit granted varies among colleges and universities.

Instructor comment:

AP Statistics is a rigorous, college level non-calculus based course. Since you have the potential to earn college credit it is expected that you take the course seriously. Students must be active participants since the  “ best”  learning occurs when students are actively involved in the learning process. To this end AP Statistics will be a "hands-on", practical applications oriented class.  Computers and calculators are used extensively to allow students to investigate and explore statistical concepts.  Effective communication skills will be developed through regular written analysis of real data.

Textbook:
Yates, D. S., Moore, D. S., & Starnes, D. S. (2003). The practice of statistics:
    TI-83/89 graphing calculator  enhanced
(2nd ed.).
New York: W. H. Freeman

Online Support of Text:  Online Quizzes, Simulation Applets, Data Sets
http://bcs.whfreeman.com/yates2e/
(You MUST register using your email address to use the online quizzes and certain site features.)

Supplemental Resources for Instruction:

 Rossman, Allan J., Beth L. Chance, and Robin H. Lock. J.  Workshop Statistics – Discovery with   Data and  Fathom. Emeryville, Ca.: Key College Publishing (2001)
 
Hinders, Duane C.  5 steps to a 5: AP statistics.  New York: McGraw-Hill (2004)
 Chatterjee, Samprit, Marks S. Handcock, and Jeffery S. Simonoff. A Casebook for a First  Course in Statistics and Data Analysis.  New York: Wiley, 1995
Mulekar, M.   Cracking the AP Statistics Exam.  New Jersey: Princeton Review (2003)
Against all Odds: Inside Statistics - Video Series
3-ring, 2 inch binder (class notes/assignments) and 3 prong soft folder (for response log)
Graphing calculator, TI-83/ 83 Plus/ 84/ 84 Silver


A Note about calculators:
Graphing calculators are allowed on the AP Statistics exam and will be used extensively in this class. In fact, the Texas Instruments TI-83+ was specifically designed to facilitate statistical and financial data analysis and is the tool the AP exam authors considered while designing questions. If you show up to the AP Statistics test without a Ti-83 calculator you will be required to sign a document that basically indicates you are aware that your chances of passing the exam without it is zero. Because of the memory retaining qualities and programmability of the Ti-83 calculators students will not be allowed to share calculators during classroom tests. It is imperative that all students have access to a Ti-83.  Therefore, it is suggested that you obtain your own Ti-83+ calculator…school owned calculators may be issued to students unable to secure their own.

Course Outline:
AP Statistics is an activity-based course where students actively construct their own understanding of statistical concepts and techniques.  Broad topics include Exploring and Describing Data, Planning and Design of a Study to produce Data using Samples, Experiments , and Simulations, Probability and patterns in distributions, and Statistical Inference with confidence..  The teacher will facilitate and guide students’ explorations and formations of hypotheses.  Instruction on the use of technology's
statistical data analysis tools will include the graphing calculator, and statistical software.  First semester will cover Chapters 1 - 9.  Second semester will cover Chapters 10-14 prior to spring break, preparation for the AP Exam during April and early May.  Second semester major project will be completed following the AP Exam. Written and oral presentations of student selected area of interest.

Introductory Statistics Project:
Students will find at least eight media-related items that can include graphs, articles, Internet materials to show the use of statistics.  They will write at least one paragraph on each item.  f the assignment is to increase student awareness of the many uses of statistics in the world around them and to provide practice in evaluating media-related items.
 

GRADING: 
Math Deparment Grading Policy
All grades are averaged together for a cumulative 18 week Semester Grade

Major tests -  40%,     HW/Classwork -35%,   Project –10%,    Exam -15%
6 and 12 week progress reports reflecting current numerical grades will be issued. 
2 to 3 major tests per 6 week period and one final exam at the end of the 18 weeks. 
The second semester exam will be the AP Exam. 
Projects will be assigned for one or more of the 6 weeks.

 

 

Attendance: 
Only work missed due to an excused absence may be made up. It is the student's responsibility to secure missed assignments and complete in a timely fashion

PLEASE LIMIT THE NUMBER OF CHECK OUTS AND CHECK INS… THIS IS AN AP COURSE.

Some links to visit for enhanced learning...

online glossary of statistical terms:
http://www.stats.gla.ac.uk/steps/glossary/hypothesis_testing.html

online texts that may be a good resource:

http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat/
http://www.psychstat.smsu.edu/introbook/sbk00.htm

careers in Statistics:

http://www.amstat.org/careers/index.cfm?fuseaction=presentation

http://www.amstat.org/careers/index.cfm?fuseaction=main

which schools give college credit for AP studies??

http://www.collegeboard.com/ap/creditpolicy

Data Resources:

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/

Applets:

http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~lane/stat_sim/index.html

Statistics Links:

http://math.about.com/od/statistics/

 

 

 

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Classroom Management Behavior Guidelines

 Mrs. Felz -Room 221    mfelz@henry.k12.ga.us

 

 

1.                  Follow directions the first time they are given.

2.                  Take advantage of the entire learning period.

Be seated and prepared to work at the bell.

Textbook, notebook, agenda and paper/pencil should be brought to class daily.  Tardiness and/or delays affect other students and the instructor.

3.                  Behave in such a way as not to interfere with other students’ learning:

a.       Raise hand before speaking.

b.      Remain seated unless instructed otherwise by the teacher.

c.       Refrain from personal grooming; ie.mak-eup, nail polish, hair combing

d.      Be attentive during instruction – NO HEADS DOWN!

4.                  Speak respectfully to all others in the room.

5.                  Keep your personal workspace neat.

Do NOT leave items for others to clean up.

6.                  Passes to restroom, office, phone, etc. will be issued ONLY in extreme or emergency cases and never during the first or last 15 minutes of class. 

7.                  ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD, OR DRINK VISIBLE IN THE CLASSROOM.

 

REWARDS:

Verbal praise, increased learning resulting in higher grades and peer appreciation.

 

CONSEQUENCES:

Verbal warning for first offense, teacher/student conference for second offense, parent contact for third offense, and office referral for the fourth offense.

 

Persistent or severe problems will be referred to the office IMMEDIATELY to allow maximum learning opportunities for other students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Advanced Placement Statisticswith Mrs. Felz.

 

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