AP Statistics Syllabus

AP Statistics
Faculty Name: Mr. Olenchek
Contact: Ph: 369-3611 x3715, [email protected]
Room Number: N181
Course Description
AP Statistics: This course is equivalent to a college-level non-calculus based statistics class. The
topics for AP Statistics are divided into four major themes: exploratory data analysis, planning a
study, probability, and statistical inference. Earning credit for college depends upon the student's
grade on the AP Exam in May and does not affect the Arrowhead High School grade for this course.
Needed Supplies
- Graphing calculator ti-83, ti-84, or ti-89 are recommended
- Loose leaf paper for problem sets.
- Spiral notebook that fits in the binder for class notes and activities
- Pencils
Behavior Expectations and Classroom Conduct
All students are expected to be seated when the bell rings, be respectful of others, and stay focused
on learning during class.
Students should complete assigned work in a timely manner, and complete make up work within
three days of absence or get work ahead of an absence whenever possible.
Students are expected to work in groups frequently during class time and on some assessments.
Students should work to learn group member names, offer constructive criticism and ideas
politely, and to listen to the ideas of others patiently. Be nice. The more group members share
together, the more everyone learns.
Students should work to understand the concepts and applications of statistics. The use of
multiple representations, numerical, algebraic, geometric, and verbal, are necessary in order to
fully comprehend and apply the ideas in this course. An emphasis on communicating ideas
verbally and in written form is a major focus of this course. Work to show all work and to explain
processes and ideas in a way that is complete and clear to the audience. This is especially
important on the assessments in this course and in preparing for the AP test.
Students are expected to complete all work ethically and honestly. Students who cheat on
homework and assessments will earn a zero for those assignments. Be honest. Trading
your character and integrity is a large price to pay for the answer to a math problem.
Students who miss class the day before a test are expected to take the test with everyone
else. If Students who miss the day of the test are expected to take the test the day they
return to school. Be sure to see your teacher if you have questions when you have an
Cell Phones and other Electronic devices may not be used during class. Turn phones off,
and do not check messages during class.
Learning Targets
Each unit of study will be broken down into learning targets or objectives. A learning target
handout is distributed at the beginning of each new unit. There is a list of vocabulary at the top of
this handout. The handout also contains a series of questions that you should be able to answer as
you prepare for each assessment in the course. This handout is a very good review for daily
lessons and unit assessments. If you cannot answer a question on the handout, ask for help before
you take an assessment on that topic. Chances are if you review this handout before a test, you
will do very well on the test!
Your six-week grade will be calculated as follows using the percentages and grading scale below.
10% Problem Sets
35% Quizzes
55% Tests
90 – 100
80 – 89
70 – 79
60 – 69
0 – 59
Assessments in this class consist of both basic knowledge/application problems and some
extensions. Know the vocabulary, basic theorems and concepts, algebraic and graphing methods.
Work in class and on homework exercises to gain confidence and skill in solving extensions to the
content. Homework practice, especially writing ideas completely and concisely, will go a long way
in preparing your for success on assessments.
The semester exam counts as 15% of the final semester grade.