WHEATON WARRENVILLE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL
INSTRUCTOR: Kevin Gum
Phone: 630-784-7200 ext 8649
TEXTBOOK: The Practice of Statistics by Tabor, Starnes, Yates, and Moore, copyright 2012, 4th edition, published by W.H. Freeman and Company
The website www.whfreeman.com/tps4e contains supplementary resources for our textbook. Additionally, check the AP Central website at apcentral.collegeboard.com for information about the AP exam.
REQUIRED SUPPLIES: Textbook (We really will use or refer to the book a lot in class), 3-ring binder, loose-leaf notebook paper, graph paper, pencils, graphing calculator (TI-83, TI-84, or TI-89 are recommended)
COURSE OVERVIEW: Statistics is the science and practice of developing knowledge through the use of empirical data. It is a branch of applied mathematics. Within statistical theory, randomness and uncertainty are modeled by probability theory. Statistics gives us a language for talking about variability in the world.
CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: Exploring Data
Modeling Distributions of Data
Estimating with Confidence
Testing a Claim
Comparing Two Populations or Groups
Inference for Distributions of Categorical Data
TEST MAKEUP POLICY: If you are absent on the day of a quiz or exam, you will have one week from the date of the absence to make it up. A penalty of 10% from the earned quiz or exam grade will be imposed for every day beyond the week deadline the student fails to make it up. After three weeks, the grade becomes a zero. It is your responsibility to schedule a time to make up the missed quiz or exam. If a student is absent on the day prior to a scheduled quiz or exam, the student is expected to take it on the scheduled day.
GRADING PHILOSOPHY: Your semester grades will be determined as follows:
60% In-class Exams and Quizzes
5% Homework and Activities: A homework assignment and reflection page are due at the end of every unit. The reflections pages will be graded; students are to work and check their homework online and reflect on mistakes made.
15% Quick Quizzes: During the course of each semester, you will be given 10 ten-minute quick quizzes. At the end of the semester, you may drop your lowest 2 quiz grades.
20% Final Exam: A comprehensive final exam will be given at the end of each semester.
Grading scale: Above 90 A
Below 60 F
CLASS EXPECTATIONS: AP Statistics will require your utmost attention both in the classroom and when doing your daily work. Be an active participant. The success of each individual depends largely on the participation and cooperation of the class as a whole. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to make mistakes. The best learning comes from experiences that make us uncomfortable! We will learn a lot from each other. You are seated in groups in an effort to encourage collaboration and discussion. Take advantage of this and learn from it!
My rules are very simple:
- Be prompt. Tardies will be counted and consequences will be enforced as outlined in the student handbook.
- Be prepared. Have all work done before class time, and have all materials, including your textbook, with you in class.
- Be respectful. This includes using appropriate language and maintaining a positive attitude with your peers and teachers. Cell phones and I-pods must be turned off and put away during class time. If there is time at the end of class to work on an assignment, I-pods may be used with appropriate volume. I will let you know if there is a time we need to research something on our phones.
- Be responsible. You are responsible for your materials, possessions, and learning.
THE BOTTOM LINE: The purpose of AP Statistics is to introduce you to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. This course draws connections between all aspects of the statistical process, including design, analysis, and conclusions. You also have the opportunity to earn college credit through the AP exam in May. It is my job and my expectation that I will have you prepared for the exam. It is my expectation that you are going to work to ensure this as well. If you begin to feel lost or have been absent, it is imperative that you get in for additional help outside of class. I am available before and after school in room I153. Please see me ahead of time to let me know that you will be coming in. I will be in the room no later than 7:00 in the morning and until at least 2:30 in the afternoon. I also recommend the use of the math resource center during access periods. In addition, I can provide the names of possible tutors for use on your personal time.