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The homework assignments on this page are organized by due dates. On most days you will have both a reading assignment, and a problem set. Unless we indicate otherwise, all readings come from your textbook, Statistics by Freedman, Pisani, and Purves. Furthermore, the current homework assignment (the one due during the next class meeting) will be highlighted by an orange title bar.

For September 29th, 1998 Home Page

Due at the beginning of class next Tuesday, September 29th, 1998

READING: Chapters 1 and 2 in Statistics by Freedman, Pisani, and Purves.

For October 1, 1998 Home Page

READING: Chapters 3, 4 & 5.

PROBLEMS: Do the following from Chapter 3:

For October 6, 1998 Home Page

READING: Chapter 5, and the Census paper that was handed out in class. We also recommend looking ahead at Ch. 8, because we will be discussing that Chapter Tuesday as well.

PROBLEMS: Do the following from Chapter 4:

NOTE: We will be using the x-hour this week (Wednesday Oct. 7th) for an optional review/catch-up session. If you are having trouble with any of the material in the class so far, or if you just can't get enough of hanging out with us, please join us Wednesday from 3:00 to 3:50 in our usual classroom.

For October 8, 1998 Home Page

READING: Catch up if you aren't through to Chapter 8!


Chapter 5:

Chapter 8:


For October 13, 1998 Home Page

READING: Make sure to get through Chapter 10. We are starting Chapter 13 on Tuesday.


Chapter 9:

Chapter 10:

For October 15, 1998 Home Page

READING: Chapter 13.


Come to the x-hour on Wednesday if you have questions on the homework, or anything we've done in class over the past week.

For October 20, 1998 Home Page

READING: Chapter 14.

PROBLEMS: Problems on the class handout plus:

Chapter 13:

NOTE: Don't forget the upcoming test on Monday, October 26th. It's never too early to start studying!

For October 22, 1998 Home Page

READING: Chapter 15.

PROBLEMS: Problems on the class handout (you may omit part 1(c)), plus:

Chapter 15:

If you are having trouble with the homework, or something we discussed in class, come to the x-hour review session on Wednesday.

WORKSHEET HINTS (from the blitzes that were sent out today):

Message 1:

Here's a hint that might get you started if you are having trouble: The probability that a subject gets infected after having sex 120 times means you have to find the probability that the disease was transmitted AT LEAST once during those 120 trials (this should suggest the idea of using the complementary probability).

The formula we studied in class on Tuesday is useful when you have a certain "experiment" that is repeated over and over. There are three important variables, n, k, and p. It might be helpful when working on question 2 to consider what exactly your "experiment" is, what a success represents, and what the probability of a single success is.

Message 2:

Just to clarify questions 3 and 4 on the handout a little bit: we aren't asking for any calculations. We just want you to digest the numbers you've crunched and make some observations about them.

For question 4, you are asked if the "results" of the study seem reasonable to you. I am specifically referring to the fact that in this Italian study, 3 of 171 couples who always used condoms ended up with the woman becoming infected. The other result concerning couples who didn't always use condoms is included for the sake of completeness. Basically, part 2(d) asks you to compute the probability that if this study was done again, the results would be the same (or worse, in the sense that more women being infected is worse). Then, question 4 asks you to interpret the significance of that probability.

For October 26, 1998 Home Page

Study for the exam!

For October 29, 1998 Home Page

READING: Chapters 16 and 17.


For November 3, 1998 Home Page


Chapter 16:

Chapter 17:

For November 5, 1998 Home Page

READING: Chapters 18 & 19.

PROBLEMS: Chapter 18

Don't forget that during the X-hour Wednesday, we will be discussing final projects. We will have some sample projects from years past, and give you some ideas in case you haven't found something that you would like to work on yet.

For November 10, 1998 Home Page


Chapter 18

Chapter 19

For November 12, 1998 Home Page


DON'T FORGET: You should be handing in your project proposals Thursday.

For more information, visit our final projects web page.

For November 17, 1998 Home Page


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For November 24, 1998 Home Page


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