- Math 140 - Introductory Statistics.
- Class Number 15951
- Tuesday & Friday 3:30-5:10 pm
- Manzanita Hall 130 (MZ 130)
Methods for displaying, describing, and producing data. Normal distribution. Correlation and regression. Sampling distributions and probability. Statistical inference for means and proportions. (Available for General Education, Basic Skills Mathematics)
This course is intended as an introduction to Statistics. Here is a list of topics to be covered during the semester with the corresponding sections from the book.
- Introduction to Data Exploration and Inference. Sections 1.1, 1.2
- Distributions, types and graphical representations. Sections 2.1
- Measures of Center and Spread. Section 2.2, 2.3
- The Normal Distribution. Section 2.4
- Surveys and Experiments. Sections 4.1, 4.3
- Randomization. Section 4.2
- Sampling distributions of Sample Mean and Sample Proportion. Sections 7.1, 7.2, 7.3
- Probability, Conditional Probability, Independent Events. Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
- Inference for Proportions. Sections 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3
- Inference for Means. Sections 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 11.1, 11.2
- Relationships between two quantitative variables. Sections 3.1,3.2,3.3
Not all material that you are supposed to learn will be covered in lecture. You are expected to read the book in detail. You will learn best by trying to read the sections BEFORE each lecture and being prepared to pay special attention in lecture to those parts that were most difficult for you to understand. Just as one cannot develop muscles or endurance by watching sports, one cannot learn mathematics by watching lectures only. Doing all the homework is the only reliable way to learn mathematics.
Passing score on or exemption from the Entry Level Mathematics Examination, or credit in MATH 093.
Student Learning Objectives
As a course that fulfills the above mentioned General Education requirement, this class will address the following Student Learning Outcomes that have been established by the Mathematics Department:
- Represent, understand and explain mathematical information
symbolically, graphically, numerically and verbally.
- Develop mathematical models of real-world situations and explain the
assumptions and limitations of those models.
- Use models to make predictions, draw conclusions, check whether the
results are reasonable, and find optimal results using technology where necessary and appropriate.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of mathematical reasoning
including the ability to prove simple results and/or make statistical inferences.
17% Online Homework & Quizzes
17% 1st. Midterm exam
17% 2nd. Midterm exam
17% 3rd. Midterm exam
30% Final exam
The ± will be used for final grades. 90% guarantees an A, 80% a B, 70% a C, and 60% a D. After all the work of the semester is asssed, except for the final exam, all students will be given the option of either keeping their grade so far or taking the final exam.
The grading scheme for those students not taking the final exam is as follows:
24.29% Online Homework & Quizzes
24.29% 1st. Midterm exam
24.29% 2nd. Midterm exam
24.29% 3rd. Midterm exam
Hints and Extra Help
If you are having problems with the material try the following suggestions.
- Read the material beforehand, try to do the problems on your own. In this way you can ask me how to solve that particular problem, or to clarify some concept in the book that you did not quite understand.
- Try to form a study group with some of your peers. One gains a lot from discussing the way to solve problems, and the time you spend studying will be more enjoyable.
- Go to office hours with all your questions and doubts.
- Go to tutoring, it is available at Bayramian Hall 417 as part of the Learning Resource Center. Also, there is extra tutoring offered by the Mathematics Department in our Tutoring Center (Live Oak LO 1319). the tutoring center will be opening the week of Monday February 4th, 2013. The hours for that week will be 11:00AM-4:00PM Mon-Thurs and 11:00AM-2:00PM on Friday. After that the tutoring center will go to its usual hours which will be 10:00AM-5:00PM Mon-Thurs and 10:00AM-2:00PM on Fridays.
- If you think you need a lot more help consider hiring a private tutor.