Fall 97

Instructor: Jeff Silverman

Office: Darwin 128-A

Office Hours:Mon.,Wed., Fri.11:30-12:30, Mon. and Wed. 5:30-6:00 and by appointment

Phone: 664-2472

Text: INTRODUCTION to the Practice of Statistics by David Moore and George McCabe and Learning Data Analysis with Data Desk by Paul Velleman

Necessary Tools: Any calculator which has the capability to perform statistical computations. A TI 85 or TI 83 is recommended.

Method of evaluation:

Grades will be assigned according to the following scale: Homework:

Homework is the most important part of this class. I encourage you to work with your classmates on the homework and to attempt problems other than those that have been assigned. Unless I state otherwise, you may use Data Desk to perform statistical calculations and generate graphs as may be required on your homework. Homework will be assigned at the end of each class and collected in the following manner: Homework assigned on a Monday will be due at the beginning of class on the following Monday and homework assigned on a Wednesday will be due at the beginning of class on the following Wednesday. This will give you a chance to ask questions on any problems you had trouble with and make the appropriate corrections before you hand the in homework. Any legitimate attempt to work on a problem (the work presented must make sense) will be awarded at least 50% for that problem, so it is always worth the effort to turn your homework in on time. No late homework will be accepted, however, you will be allowed to drop your three lowest homework scores.

Computer Assignments:

Learning how to use computer software such as Data Desk can help you avoid some of the long and tedius calculations that were necessary in the past. The computer assingnments are intended to help you become familiar with the statistical software we will be using. Your familiarity with the statistical software will not only aid you in this class, but can be very useful to you in the future. On Mondays we will be going down to the computer lab in Darwin 19-a where I will demonstrate how to use Data Desk 5.0 to complete the computer assignment. You will be given a new computer assignment every Monday which will be due at the beginning of class the following Monday. Late computer assignments will not be accepted, however, you will be able to drop your lowest score.

Paper: To be announced


Quizzes will be given every every two or three class sessions. The quizzes will consist of problems from your homework as well as those that we have discussed in class


There will be Two exams given throughout the semester. The exams will consist of topics discussed in class as well as problems similar to homework problems and problems that you have seen on the quizzes. No make-up exams will be given, however, you may replace your lowest exam score with your final exam score (if the latter is higher). The tentative exam dates are:

Final Exam:

The final exam will be cumulative. Two thirds of the final exam will consist of material covered on the first two exams and one third of the final will consist of the new material covered since the second exam. It will be given on Monday May 18 from 6-8 xp.m. and only that time. If you cannot make it please let me know.