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Teacher: Joe Ochiltree [Various details redacted]

Fall Semester – 2012

Welcome back! I’m very excited to have you in class this year. Why am I so excited? Well, for one I usually get excited about teaching about teaching math, but also because we get to study some of the most interesting “math stuff” this year as a part of the class called “Advanced Topics in Math”. For the first semester we will focus on statistics; the second semester will include other topics based on student interest. During Fall 2, you will probably be able to choose your math class from a list of options. So… what is statistics? Glad you asked! Statistics is the use of numbers to explain our world. People use statistics to show evidence for scientific discoveries, to save lives with new medicine, to put together the best baseball team without spending too much money. Politicians use statistics to try to make you vote for them. Business leaders use statistics to make more money for their companies, and they use statistics to lie about how much money they make so they can make more money. So statistics is very useful. Sounds kinda interesting. Totally. There are many flavors of statistics, but it basically comes down to “representing data” and “making inferences”. You will make graphs and tables to represent real data. You will use mean, median, interquartile range, and standard deviation to estimate population percentages. You will search for meaning behind the data, and make models that are used to predict the future and understand the present. Your math problems will come from the real world, and you will use the same tools as the professionals to find the solutions.

“Of students surveyed, 64% prefer English and 32% prefer math. The fact that these numbers do not add up to 100 may help explain why.”

Fall Semester – 2012

KEY CONCEPTS IN STATISTICS: REPRESENTING DATA and MAKING INFERENCES
GRAPHS +Use dot plots, histograms, and box plots to represent data. +Interpret the shape of graphs. +Identify and explain outliers. TABLES +Use tables to clearly represent data (including a variety of types: multivariable, stem and leaf, frequency, twoway frequency) STATISTICAL MEASURES +Use appropriate statistical measures (median, mean, interquartile range, standard deviation) for multiple data sets. +Fit data to a normal distribution and estimate population percentages. SEARCH FOR TRENDS +Recognize possible associations and trends in the data. +Fit a function to data and use the function. +Interpret linear models - slope, intercept, and correlation coefficients. +Distinguish between correlation and causation. MODEL +Produce and evaluate models. +Discuss sample surveys, experiments, and observational studies. +Develop margin of error through the use of simulation models for random sampling.

Fall Semester – 2012

Rules and Regulations
Standard Materials: 1. Math Notebook 2. Math Folder 3. Pencil and Eraser 4. Brain Which one is most important?

The Most Important Rule
RESPECT one another. We are all equal human beings in this class, and we can learn together and teach each other. And it can be fun.