Mathematics 10Introductory Statistics
|Paige Rinker |
Office: 245 Kemeny Hall
|MWF 1:45 - 2:50|
X-Hour Thurs 1:00 - 1:50
T: 3-4:40, W: 3-4:30, F: 9:30-11
|Statistics (Fourth Edition)|
Freedman, Pisani & Purves
Avaliable at Wheelock Books
ORC describes this course as follows: "An introduction to the basic
concepts of statistics. Topics include elementary probability theory,
descriptive statistics, the binomial and normal distributions,
confidence intervals, basic concepts of tests of hypotheses, chi-square
tests, nonparametric tests, normal theory t-tests, correlation, and
In addition to receiving this introduction, students will play an active role in learning to:
- Accurately interpret and understand statistics encountered in- and out-side of class;
- question statistical applications in the real world;
- generate statistics from raw data;
- work with their peers to deepen their understanding of statistical ideas;
- and develop mathematical/statistical communication skills.
Every activity and assignment in this course will serve these goals, or help me gauge students' progress
toward them. If you are ever unsure of why I am asking you to do something, please ask.Top
will cover roughly a chapter during each class meeting, so it will be
crucial that students keep up with posted reading assignments.
will be assigned to help students assess their progress and
comprehension, but solutions will not be collected. Instead, work
these problem sets will be graded through weekly quizzes (see below).
addition to this self-monitored work, there will be two (graded)
writing assignments. These will revolve around the use of statistics in
popular media. As the logistics of these assignments will be
affected by the number of students enrolled in the class, more
information will be available after the beginning of the term.
A list of assignments/practice problems, a reading schedule and further information about articles assignments can be found here or on the course Blackboard site.
will be a quiz the first ten minutes of class each Friday (except
during exam weeks). The quizzes will cover class/lecture material and
discussions as well as the homework from the previous week. These
quizzes are not designed to "stump" you, they are meant to keep
everyone up to speed with the course. If you keep up with your
reading, review your notes regularly and take the time to work out the
assigned problems, you will have nothing to worry about.
Note that quizzes
take place at the beginning of class, I suggest being on time.
Solutions to quizzes will be available here
We will plan to use the X-hour every
week. Generally, we will use these sessions to go over homework, quiz
or exam solutions, to answer general questions from class, and to do activities
designed to help solidify the ideas covered during lectures.
als relating to x-hours can be found here
will be two midterm exams and a (cumulative) final exam.
The dates and times for the midterms are tentative and subject to change. The date and time of the final exam are not.
Midterm 1: April 20 5-7pm in Carpenter 013
Midterm 2: May 11 5-7pm in Carpenter 013
Final: June 3 3-6pm
you have a conflict with the time or date for either midterm
exam, you must meet with me at least a week in
advance to schedule a make-up time. Barring an emergency, you
will not be given an opportunity to receive any credit for an exam if
you fail to make prior arrangements. The registrar schedules our
final exam time, so I can not
make special arrangements.
Exam review materials will be available here
I will be keeping track of your numeric scores throughout the term, I
will not assign a letter grade to any assignment until after the
final exam is graded. If you ever have a question about the
grading policy, or about your standing in the course, please feel free
to consult with me.
|Number Graded||% of Final Grade|
|Midterm 1||1||20 |
|Midterm 2||1||20 |
|Final ||1||35 |
Dartmouth students are expected to adhere to the honor principle. In this course that means:On Homework
: Since no written solutions will be graded, I don't expect we'll have any problem with this. Students are welcome and encouraged to work in groups to
discuss general ideas and specific problems.
Articles and write-ups:
It will be the student's responsibility to verify that the
article (s)he submits has not already been submitted by another
student. Critiques of the articles should consist entirely of the
author's own original thoughts and words.On Quizzes and Exams: All
quizzes and exams will be closed book. This means that
no help from any external source is allowed.
Occasionally reference sheets may be provided, but this will be the only exception.
you have any questions as to whether some action would be acceptable
under the Academic Honor Code, please speak to me, and I will be glad
to help clarify things. This is a case in which it is definitely
better to ask permission than forgiveness.Top
|Disabilities and Religious Observances|
Students with disabilities enrolled in this course and who may need
disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment
to see me before the end of the second week of the term. All discussions will remain
confidential, although the Student Accessibility Services office may be consulted to discuss
appropriate implementation of any accommodation requested.
Whether or not you have a disability, the Academic
Skills Center is an excellent place to visit. Take some time to
look at their videos and other resources. Would you benefit from
some of the planning tools? Do you think you could improve your
note-taking skills? Is stress eating your life? You're the only one
who knows what might benefit you, and it doesn't hurt to look.I realize that some students may wish to take part in religious
observances that fall during this academic term. Should you have a
religious observance that conflicts with your participation in the
course, please come speak with me before the end of the
second week of the term to discuss appropriate accommodations.Top