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Burlington High School prepares students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship by offering a challenging, relevant curriculum

and varied activities in a safe environment.

Burlington High School Mathematics Department

AP Statistics (257) Course Syllabus 2011-2012


Course Overview
The purpose of the AP Statistics course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: (1) Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns (2) Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study (3) Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation (4) Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses. Students who successfully complete the course and exam may receive credit, advanced placement or both for a one-semester introductory college statistics course. In addition to the AP Statistics coursework, students will work intimately with the American Psychological Association (APA) style of research and writing. Topics will include but not be limited to: - Stylistic writing basics for an APA paper. - Proper formatting of an APA paper. - Research and reporting techniques. - Statistical analysis of data and proper formatting of figures and charts in the APA style. - The completion of a culminating research paper.

Primary Texts
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. Huff, D. (1954). How to lie with statistics. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co. Peck, R., Olsen, C., & Devore, J. (2001). Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis. Pacific Grove CA: Duxbury Thomson Learning. Yates, D., Moore, D., & McCabe, G. (1996). The Practice of Statistics. New York, NY: W. H. Freeman and Co.

Burlington High School prepares students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship by offering a challenging, relevant curriculum and varied activities in a safe environment.

Burlington High School Mathematics Department

Technology
All students will be issued a TI-84 graphing calculator for use in class, at home, and on the AP Exam. Students will use the graphing calculator extensively throughout the course. In addition, as a 1:1 school at BHS students will have at their disposal any internet resources that will help in their coursework. This includes internet applets, iPad applications, blogs, webcasts, podcasts, iTunes content and any other student generated resources.

Summer Assignment
Before starting the AP Statistics course, all students will complete a prerequisite summer assignment which will introduce some of the main themes in the study of statistics as well as the stylistics of the APA format of writing. Students will read Darrell Huffs How to Lie With Statistics (1954) and complete a 2-3 page scholarly book review written in APA format.

Course Overview
The AP Statistics Course is broken up into five major sections. The topics covered and the corresponding chapters in Yates, Moore & McCabe (YMM) are given: Descriptive Statistics (YMM 1&2) Regression (YMM 3&4) Experimental Design (YMM 5) Probability (YMM 6-9) Inference (YMM 10-14)

1) DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS a) Exploring Data i) Displaying Distributions with Graphs ii) Describing Distributions with Numbers b) The Normal Distributions i) Density Curves and Normal Distributions ii) Standard Normal Calculations 2) REGRESSION a) Examining Relationships i) Scatterplots ii) Correlation iii) Least-Squares Regression b) Two-Variable Data i) Modelling Nonlinear Relationships ii) Interpreting Correlation and Regression

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Burlington High School Mathematics Department iii) Relations in Categorical Data 3) EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN a) Producing Data i) Designing Samples ii) Designing Experiments iii) Simulating Experiments 4) PROBABILITY a) Probability: The Study of Randomness i) Randomness ii) Probability Models b) Random Variables i) Discrete and Continuous Random Variables ii) Means and Variances of Random Variables c) The Binomial and Geometric Distributions i) The Binomial Distributions ii) The Geometric Distributions d) Sampling Distributions i) Sampling Distributions ii) Sample Proportions iii) Sample Means 5) INFERENCE a) Introduction to Inference i) Estimating with Confidence ii) Tests of Significance iii) Using Significance Tests iv) Inference as a Decision b) Inference for Distributions i) Inference for the Mean of a Population ii) Comparing Two Means c) Inference for Proportions i) Inference for a Population Proportion ii) Comparing Two Proportions d) Inference for Tables: Chi-Square Procedures i) Test for Goodness of Fit ii) Inference for Two-Way Variables e) Inference for Regression i) Inference About the Model ii) Inference About the Prediction iii) Checking the Regression Assumptions

Burlington High School prepares students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship by offering a challenging, relevant curriculum and varied activities in a safe environment.

Burlington High School Mathematics Department

Writing Requirement
Students will work with the American Psychological Association (APA) style of writing and conducting research to properly prepare them for success at the postsecondary level. With the completion of numerous short length papers throughout the course of the year and the ultimate completion of a culminating research paper, students will become proficient with: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) Conducting research and gathering data Analyzing data Summarizing data in charts of figures in the APA format Reviewing the literature surrounding a specific research topic Drawing conclusions from observed data Discussing possible implications of findings Synthesizing a complete research report (Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion) in proper APA format.

Contact Information
Brian McNeill Burlington High School Math Dept Chair (781) 270 2931 Email: mcneill@bpsk12.org Or: briandmcneill@hotmail.com Twitter: @bmcneill7