• Course Information

    Course Title:  A.P. Statistics

    Course Number: 254

    Credits: 1

    Course Description and Objectives:

    The main objective for this course is for the students to learn all of the same concepts they would learn in an Introductory Statistics semester college course.  These topics are outlined in the sections of this syllabus titled “Fall Semester” and “Spring Semester” in the “Course Description.” Along the way I will also incorporate practice to prepare students to pass the AP Exam administered in the spring, which may ultimately earn students college class exemptions and/or 3 course credits.


    The second objective this course focuses on is to introduce students to the world of statistical applications in their lives.  The students will explore data sets and develop skills which they can directly apply to their own lives, in turn making them better consumers, analysts, and also opening some career opportunities for their future.  This is accomplished through the incorporation of applied disciplines within the text, different in-class activities, use of the technology mentioned below, as well as the projects required in the course.

    Textbook and Materials:

    Primary Textbook

    Yates, Daniel S., David S. Moore, and Daren S. Starnes.  The Practice of Statistics, 3rd Edition.  New York:  W.H. Freeman, 2006.

    References and Resource Materials

    • Bohan, James F.  Amsco’s AP Statistics:  Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination.  New York:  Amsco School Publications, Inc., 2000.  
    • Peck, Olsen, and Devore.  Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis.  Belmont, CA:   Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2008.
    • Erickson, Tim.  The FathomTMGuide for The Practice of Statistics, 3rd Edition.  
    • Free response questions will also be chosen from the College Board website.
    • Several existing media resources such as newspapers and magazines will also be used in gathering data and analyzing results.Several examples use statistical software in class, allowing students to explore, manipulate, and transform existing data.


    1. All students have a TI-84+ graphing calculator issued to them for use at home, school, and on the AP Exam.  There are several activities designed specifically for the use of graphing calculators, as well as incorporating them into everyday classroom use.
    2. All students will have access to a laptop which will include the Fathom Software.  The students will use Fathom to complete several activities which allow them to make visual connections between data sets and graphs, as well as using scatter plot components to predict outcomes similar to those presented in the business world.  This program also allows the teacher to present lessons in an organized and efficient manner in order for students to create instant visual connections to the topics presented.
    3. The use of applets is incorporated into several lessons both to demonstrate the effect of changes in a data set as well as to allow for discovery through manipulation.
    4. Microsoft Excel is also installed on every student’s laptop.  This software program will be used to enter data sets, make quick calculations using built-in functions, graph data sets, and allow for focus on analyzing data sets.
    5. The students will also be engaged in researching on the internet, which is easily accessible through their issued laptops.
    I also prefer that students get a binder to keep the handouts given in class more organized than a notebook/folder.

    Assessment and Evaluation:


                There will most often be a homework assignment given daily.  This assignment will be due the following class period unless I give specific  instructions otherwise.  I will NOT check each individual assignment, however, we will have homework quizzes before each chapter test.  There will be four randomly chosen homework problems for you to copy out of your notebook, and a problem VERY similar to the homework problems that you have to complete.  You will be given a chance to ask questions regarding the homework in class, and are also welcome and encouraged to come to me during any study halls, before, and after school hours if you are having trouble completing the homework (as long as it is evident that you have made an honest attempt to complete the assignment on your own!).  There will also be a schedule posted for the math lab, and I will write a pass for you to come for help as long as you will not miss any other class time.  There will also be tutoring from 6:55a – 7:25a on most Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We will discuss the homework solutions in class, but we do not have a lot of class time to spend on the homework.


                I try to incorporate quizzes into the class at least once a week, and they will usually be announced.  This allows both you and me to monitor your understanding of the material presented in class.  If you are having trouble, I want to catch it in the homework or quizzes so that you can have a fair chance to obtain higher test scores.  DO NOT come to me at the beginning of the period on the day a test is to be administered and tell me that you do not understand the material.  This is not a reason to be excused from taking the test that day!  The beginning of this class deals with research and graphs, thus the first few quizzes will be take-home quizzes.          


                You will have roughly three tests each quarter, and the tests at the end of each semester will be cumulative for that semester.  This is rather concrete, though things are subject to change slightly according to our progress.  The tests will cover material from class, homework, and quizzes.  It is important that you keep a notebook to study from and obtain notes that were missed due to an absence.  Tests are typically announced one week in advance, and we will review topics and materials that have been covered in class lessons/activities, homework, and quizzes.


                There will be several projects and activities throughout the course, and the details will be given closer to the time of the project.

                The breakdown of percentage weights will be as follows:

                            Homework Quizzes:                                       25 %

                Tests/Quizzes:                                                75 %


Last Modified on August 26, 2010