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
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.
Yates, D. S., Moore, D. S., & Starnes, D. S. (2003). The practice of
TI-83/89 graphing calculator enhanced (2nd ed.).
New York: W. H. Freeman
Online Support of Text: Online Quizzes, Simulation Applets, Data Sets
(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:
•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
calculator, TI-83/ 83 Plus/ 84/ 84 Silver
A Note about calculators:
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
online texts that may be a good resource:
careers in Statistics:
which schools give college credit for AP studies??
The New York Times:
Classroom Management Behavior Guidelines
Mrs. Felz -Room 221
the first time they are given.
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.
Behave in such a way as not to interfere with other students’ learning:
Raise hand before speaking.
Remain seated unless instructed otherwise by the teacher.
Refrain from personal grooming; ie.mak-eup, nail polish, hair combing
Be attentive during
instruction – NO HEADS DOWN!
respectfully to all others in the room.
Keep your personal
Do NOT leave items for others to
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.
NO FOOD, OR DRINK VISIBLE IN THE CLASSROOM.
Verbal praise, increased learning resulting
in higher grades and peer appreciation.
Verbal warning for first offense,
teacher/student conference for second offense, parent contact for third offense,
and office referral for the fourth offense.
severe problems will be referred to the office IMMEDIATELY to allow maximum
learning opportunities for other students.
I have read and
understand all of the objectives, requirements, and expectations for
Advanced Placement Statisticswith Mrs. Felz.
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Please return this
signed form with your student.