AP Statistics

Welcome to AP Stats with Mrs. Harkins

 

AP Exam Thursday, May 17, 2018  FEE: $94

This course will draw connections between all aspects of the statistical process, including design, analysis, and conclusions. Students will communicate methods, results, and interpretations using the vocabulary of statistics. Students will use graphing calculators and computer output to enhance the development of statistical understanding. 


 School Prerequisites

  • Honors Calculus or Honors Statistics before or concurrent

 Textbooks

  • Bock, David, Velleman, Paul & DeVeaux, Richard: Stats: Modeling the World 2nd Edition Pearson-Addison Wesley, MA 2007 ISBN# 0-13-187623-6
  •  Larson, Ron & Farber, Betsy:  Statistics: Picturing the World Prentice-Hall, NJ 2000 ISBN# 0-13-010797-2

 

Additional Resources

  • Barron’s – How to Prepare for the AP Statistics Exam. 3rd Edition, Martin Sternstein
  • www.learner.org, Against All Odds – Inside Statistics A video instructional series on statistics
  • I have many statistics textbooks that I sue to supplement materials or readings as needed.

 

Summer Work:

  • Statistics is a new area of learning for most students. Statistics is nothing like math classes that you are used to, there is a lot of writing, analyzing and thinking about the underlining reasons things happen.  You are expected to become familiar with the vocabulary as well as pull information from at least one article that Mrs. Harkins will assign.

 

Technology:

  • TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator
  • Internet Access


Grading: 

  • Habits of work & learning: 10%
  • Quizzes: 30%
  • Exams: 50%
  • Notebook Organization: 10%
  • Midterm exam: 10% of semester 1
  • Midterm paper: Exam grade for quarter 3
  • Capstone project: Quarter 4 and Final Exam, total of 5 quiz grades and 1 exam grade. 
  • **If you are using this as your graduation capstone you will also be evaluated on the school capstone rubric.
  • AP Statistics Exam: This is mandatory to earn AP weight. The exam is Thursday; May 17, 2018 the fee is $94


These are the four conceptual themes of study:

  • Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns
  • Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study
  • Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation
  • Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypothesis


Course Outline:

     Unit 1 (Chapters 1, 2, 11,12 & 13): Exploring & Gathering Data

  • Introduction
  • Sampling
  • Experiments & Observational Studies
  • Simulations
  • Unit 2 (Chapters 3, 4 & 5): Understanding Data
  • Data tables & Frequency Distributions
  • Displaying Categorical Data
  • Contingency Tables
  • Displaying Quantitative Data
  • Describing distributions
    • Center
    • Spread
    • Variation
    • Box-n-whisker & 5# summary

Unit 3 (Chapters 14, 15, 16 & 17): Randomness & Probability

  • Classical, Empirical & Subjective
  • Conditional Probability (Multiplication Rule)
  • Addition Rule
  • Counting Principles, Permutations & Combinations
  • Probability Models
  • Probability Distributions
  • Binomial Distributions
  • Geometric & Poisson Distributions
  • Chi-Square

Unit 4 (Chapters 6, 18, 19, 20 & 21): Normal Distributions

  • Standardized scores
  • The Normal Curve
  • Central Limit Theorem
  • Confidence Intervals (large, small & Proportions, Chi-square)
  • Hypothesis Testing (Large, Small & Proportions, Chi-Square)

Unit 5 (Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10 & 27): Exploring Relationships

  • Scatterplots
  • Association
  • Correlation
  • Linear Regression
  • Residuals
  • Line of best fit
  • R2 Variation Accounted For
  • Extrapolation
  • Lurking variables & causation
  • Re-expressing data

 

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