Mr. Rae's AP Statistics Pages
Welcome To Statistics!
For the next few months you have the privilege to study one of the newest and most useful branches of mathematics. If you enjoy it and are really good at it, statistics can help you in many rewarding careers. I hope you will find this topic as interesting and exciting as I do.
I will use Remind to communicate with you during the year. To access the instruction on how to sign up for Remind, click here.
Phone: (360) 596 – 7281
The goal of this course is to prepare you to go on to more advanced statistics at a post-secondary school, and I hope to provide you with a firm understanding how statistics are used and misused in our world today. They are everywhere and a fluency in statistics is almost as important as a foreign language. We also expect all students enrolled to take the Statistics Advanced Placement Test in May. To ensure success, you are required to have completed an Algebra II course with a grade of “B” or better. If you did not get above a “B” you must either retake Algebra II of take another math course this year.
Your grade will be computed by taking an average of the points you have accumulated throughout the semester. I am expecting roughly 1000 point possible this semester. Points will be awarded in the following categories:
Individual Practice . . . . . . . . . 50 pts/assignment
Quiz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500 pts/quiz*
Test . . . . . . . . . . . . approx. 1000 pts/test*
Final Exam . . . . . . . . 1000 pts
Projects . . . . . . . . . . . Variable Pts
Individual Practice problems are listed on the assignment calendar. These assignments are long and sometimes involve many data sets, I strongly suggest you do not wait until the night before to complete them. They often take 3 hours or more. I do not accept late work for any credit. If you are absent, you have a number of days equal to the number missed to make up the work.
Quizzes are standard quizzes on the material; they can be announced, or there may be “pop” quizzes during the year.
Tests are a very large weight on your grade. You should do your best the first time. However, you may retake a low test score during the semester. You have four retakes each semester. For every retake you do not use during a semester, you will receive 5 extra credit points.
To be successful in the course you will need the following supplies:
- 1.5" 3-ring binder is required (no spirals)
- Pencils and eraser
- Lined paper
- Graph paper
- Straight edge
- Colored pencils
- TI graphing calculator (TI-84 plus or above will work for this course)
Communication is a very important part of this course. To that end, anything you can do to make your work neat and easy to read will help your grade. The graph paper, straight edge and colored pencils will help your graphs not only look better, but communicate your meaning much better than hastily drawn axis on notebook paper that are the same color as the graph of the function.
1st Semester Topics:
v Experiment Design
v Data and Organization
v Averages and Variation
v Probability Theory
v Discrete Probability Distributions
v Binomial Probability Distribution
v Normal Distributions
v Central Limit Theorem
Statistics is one of my favorite subjects to teach. I will try my best to make it one of yours. Please do not hesitate to contact me. Also, be sure to check out my website, it will contain lots of useful information about the class as we progress through the year.