AP Statistics

AP Statistics
Mrs. Andrea Yarbrough - Instructor
Email : School Loop mail OR Andrea_Yarbrough@cjuhsd.k12.ca.us
Voice mail: ext. 4866
AP Statistics 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,
Fathom statistical software, varies computer analysis, and Web-based 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 AP Statistics, students are expected to learn
 To produce convincing oral and written statistical arguments, using appropriate terminology, in a
variety of applied settings.
 To learn when and how to use technology to aid us in solving statistical problems
 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.
Text: The Practice of Statistics
3rd edition By Yates, Moore, and Starnes, W. H. Freeman & Co., 2008.
5th edition By Starnes, Tabor, Yares, and Moore W. H. Freeman & Co., 2015
Required Materials
 3 ring binder w/ separate sections
 Graphing Calculator (TI83 or TI 89)
 Blue/black ink or pencil for homework/quizzes/test
Graph paper (lots)
Classroom Rules and Expectation
 Be in your seat when the bell ring
 Be prepared for class everyday.
 Respect others and their property and expect it in return.
 Participate in class discussions and group work.
 Use the restroom and sharpen pencils before and after class
 Drinking OK for bottled beverages only.
Tardy/Truancy/Cheating Policy
 All school policies will be enforced, as per the EHS student handbook.
 Consequences for violations are at the discretion of the teacher.
Office Hours
 Check white board from schedule
 Statistics study session will occur before every chapter tests, final exams and AP Exam. Time TBA
Grading Catogeroies
Your progress and final grade will be calculated using the following percentages
Standard scale 90 -100% = A, …, 60 - 69% = D, below 60%= F
 Test
 Quizzes & Minor Projects
 Homework
 AP problems quizzes
 1st sem. Comprehensive exam * OR
*2nd semester will contain a comprehensive final exam & major project which will equal a total of 25% of your
total. The other grading categories % will be changed and announced to you when it occurs
 Tests will contain both multiple-choice and written response sections.
 The written section will contain both short- answer and open-ended questions to reflect the AP
 All tests are cumulative.
 Both individual and group quizzes will be given to evaluate your understanding of the material
 The quiz format will be identical to the test format.
 They may be unannounced.
 Students are given a calendar of assignments for each chapter.
 Homework will be given nightly from the textbook, computer and chapter packet. This will include
vocabulary and problem sets.
 Homework will be grades in various ways depending on time. The entire assignment may be graded,
or a few selected problems, or the assignment may be graded for completeness only,
 No late work will be accepted.
 Minor projects will be assigned each semester.
 A major project will be given 2nd semester which incorporates all the information we have
encountered during the school year.
 Grading rubrics will provided
 Students MAY present their 2nd semester project to the class.
Make-up Policy
 If you are absent, you will have as many days to complete the work, as you were absent.
 All missed tests must be made up within one to two days week of the date there were given.
 Once quizzes have been graded and returned, they cannot be made up. Therefore, you MAY not be
able to make up a missed quiz.
 You MAY receive 0 credit for any missed quiz depending upon the reason for the absence.
 Remember, students are given a calendar of assignments for each chapter, therefore they will be
aware of their missed assignments