Statistics Intro Letter 2015-2016

Welcome to Statistics!
Mr. Noone:
What is this course all about?
Course description: Look at the world through a statistician’s eyes, and you’ll be amazed at what you see. Statistics is an
upper level, elective mathematics class. This course was designed for juniors and seniors, to provide a detailed introduction of collegelevel statistics, with an emphasis on conceptual understanding of material. Students will work with probability, data collection,
descriptive statistics, and technological tools to analyze statistics. The main foci of the course will be exploring univariate and bivariate
data, planning a study, producing models using probability theory, and making statistical summaries and conclusions. Students will
work with typical values and spread to describe a data set, methods of data collection, methods of determining probability, and various
probability distributions. Students will use multiple representations to present data including written descriptions, numerical statistics,
formulas, and graphs. The course concludes with a large-scale probability project.
What do you need to be prepared for class?
- Binder or notebook/folder, textbook, writing utensil (all assessments will be completed in pencil),
calculator (TI-83 or 83+ recommended), your completed homework from the previous night, and a
good attitude. Be prepared to learn and work hard!
What if you need help?
- I am usually available for extra help before or after school. Give me a heads up that you are
looking for help, and we will find a time to meet!
What if you miss a class?
- Immediately check the class calendar (on the wall) to see what you missed (notes, homework
problems, handouts, etc.)
- You will have one day per day that you were absent to turn in make-up work… If you miss a test on
Tuesday, find a time to make it up on Wednesday!
- Tests/Quizzes must be made up before/after school or during a study hall (NOT during our class).
- I will NOT track you down for make-up work. This is YOUR responsibility.
How will you be graded?
- Homework/Classwork: 25%
o CW/HW is key if you want to be successful in this class. All odd-numbered book problems
have answers in the back of the book. CHECK YOUR WORK as you progress through
assignments. I will always field questions from assignments after an assignment is given. I
HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to work with a friend! (Note: work with ≠ copy from)
- Quizzes/Minor Projects: 25%
- Tests/Major Projects: 50%
What are the classroom rules?
- Be on time (6 lates = WHITE CARD)
- Be prepared
- Be respectful (…to yourself AND others. Phone use, talking, group work, etc… Practice
Accountable Talk.)
What is Accountable Talk?
- UNDERSTANDING is always the goal.
- One person speaks at a time.
- Everyone is always expected to try his or her very best to completely understand what is being said.
- Everyone is always expected to provide evidence or logic to support his or her statements.
- Everyone is expected to learn to take responsibility for his or her own education, and for
contributing positively to the group experience.
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