Math 10

Spring 2017

Instructor: Professor Dorothy Wallace (2A)

According to the American Statistical Association, Statistics is the science of learning from data, and of measuring, controlling, and communicating uncertainty. Because most measurements have error, even the exact sciences need statistics. Because many kinds of data in the social sciences come in enormous quantities, sampling is necessary to extract information, and sampling comes with its own kind of error. In this class we will learn the basic techniques of statistics and apply them in a series of labs. There is no prerequisite for this course.


Your final grade will be calculated according to the following scheme:

Attendance and other details: We spend class time on many examples and case studies not included in the text. Attendance is required, as we have difficulty teaching you when you are not there. Most days there will be a quiz. Do not schedule other activities during x hour, even if the syllabus says it is not being used. This is when most office hours are scheduled. Do not make travel plans until you know when the final will be. 

Text: Math 10 is using a free online text developed at Rice University by David Lane in collaboration with many other authors and schools. It is available at

Office hours: Wallace's office: Kemeny 204. Office hours as listed in syllabus or by appointment.

Honor principle: On exams and quizzes, no help given or received. For the project you may consult with others but you must credit them in your report. Any suspicion of plagiarism will be forwarded to the COS.

Religious observance: Some students may wish to take part in religious observances that occur during this academic term. If you have a religious observance that conflicts with your participation in the course, please meet with me before the end of the second week of the term to discuss appropriate accommodations.

Students with disabilities enrolled in this course and who may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see your instructor 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. As a first step, if students have questions about whether they qualify to receive accommodations, they should contact the Student Accessibility Service office. 

Approximate syllabus: 


This schedule is approximate. We meet at the 2A period: T Th 2:25-4:15, X hour W 4:35-5:25. Office hours as listed each week or by appointment.