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Mathematics Department
AP Statistics (257) Course Syllaus 2!"#$2!"5
Contact %n&ormation
Brian McNeill
Burlington High School Math Dept. Chair
(781) 270-29
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Course '.er.ie,
(he purpo&e o* the +, Stati&tic& cour&e i& to intro-uce &tu-ent& to the "a.or
concept& an- tool& *or collecting/ anal01ing an- -ra)ing conclu&ion& *ro" -ata. Stu-ent&
are e2po&e- to *our %roa- conceptual the"e&# (1) !2ploring Data# De&cri%ing pattern& an-
-eparture& *ro" pattern& (2) Sa"pling an- !2peri"entation# ,lanning an- con-ucting a
&tu-0 () +nticipating ,attern&# !2ploring ran-o" pheno"ena u&ing pro%a%ilit0 an-
&i"ulation (3) Stati&tical 4n*erence# !&ti"ating population para"eter& an- te&ting
h0pothe&e&. Stu-ent& )ho &ucce&&*ull0 co"plete the cour&e an- e2a" "a0 recei5e cre-it/
a-5ance- place"ent or %oth *or a one-&e"e&ter intro-uctor0 college &tati&tic& cour&e.
4n a--ition to the +, Stati&tic& cour&e)or'/ &tu-ent& )ill )or' inti"atel0 )ith the
+"erican ,&0chological +&&ociation (+,+) &t0le o* re&earch an- )riting. (opic& )ill
inclu-e %ut not %e li"ite- to#
- St0li&tic )riting %a&ic& *or an +,+ paper.
- ,roper *or"atting o* an +,+ paper.
- 6e&earch an- reporting techni7ue&.
- Stati&tical anal0&i& o* -ata an- proper *or"atting o* *igure& an- chart& in the
+,+ &t0le.
- (he co"pletion o* a cul"inating re&earch paper.
Primary /e0ts
+"erican ,&0chological +&&ociation. (2010). Publication manual of the American
Psychological Association. (8th e-.). 9a&hington/ DC# +uthor.
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Mathematics Department
Hu**/ D. (19:3). How to lie with statistics. Ne) ;or'/ N;# 9.9. Norton < Co.
,ec'/ 6./ =l&en/ C./ < De5ore/ >. (2001). Introduction to Statistics and ata Analysis.
,aci*ic ?ro5e C+# Du2%ur0 (ho"&on @earning.
;ate&/ D./ Moore/ D./ < McCa%e/ ?. (1998). !he Practice of Statistics. Ne) ;or'/ N;#
9. H. Aree"an an- Co.
/echnology
+ll &tu-ent& )ill %e i&&ue- a /%$1# graphing calculator *or u&e in cla&&/ at ho"e/
an- on the +, !2a". Stu-ent& )ill u&e the graphing calculator e2ten&i5el0 throughout
the cour&e. (he (4-83 )ill %e u&e- to#
1. =rgani1e uni5ariate -ata (create hi&togra"&/ an- %o2plot&)
2. Calculate "ea&ure& o* central ten-enc0 ("ean/ "e-ian/ &tan-ar- -e5iation/
5ariance/ *i5e nu"%er &u""ar0)
. !2a"ine -en&it0 cur5e& an- the nor"al -i&tri%ution. (calculate pro%a%ilitie&
un-er the nor"al cur5e)
3. =rgani1e %i5ariate -ata (create &catter plot& an- re&i-ual plot&)
:. Calculate linear regre&&ion a& )ell a& e2ponential an- po)er regre&&ion.
8. ,er*or" linear tran&*or"ation& to o%tain e2ponential an- po)er regre&&ion&.
7. Calculate %ino"ial an- geo"etric pro%a%ilitie&.
8. Calculate con*i-ence inter5al&
9. ,er*or" h0pothe&i& te&ting
10. ,er*or" t-te&t& an- t-inter5al&
11. ,er*or" proportion z-te&t&
12. ,er*or" chi-&7uare te&t& *or goo-ne&&-o*-*it an- in-epen-ence
1. ,er*or" @inear 6egre&&ion t-te&t&
Stu-ent& )ill al&o ta'e a-5antage o* co"puter &o*t)are a5aila%le *or &u""ari1ing
-ata/ e2ploring -ata/ anal01ing -ata/ an- a&&e&&ing "o-el&. 4n a--ition to the pro*icienc0
gaine- in Micro&o*t 9or- through our )or' )ith the +,+ *or"at/ &tu-ent& )ill )or' )ith
Micro&o*t !2cel to organi1e an- -i&pla0 7uantitati5e -ata. Aor &o"e topic&/ co"puter
output& *ro" either Minita% or NCSS )ill %e e2a"ine- to *urther &tu-ent&B
un-er&tan-ing.
4n a--ition/ a& a 1#1 &chool at BHS &tu-ent& )ill ha5e at their -i&po&al an0 internet
re&ource& that )ill help in their cour&e)or'. (hi& inclu-e& 4nternet applet&/ i,a-
application&/ %log&/ )e%ca&t&/ po-ca&t&/ i(une& content an- an0 other &tu-ent generate-
re&ource&.
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Summer Assignment
Be*ore &tarting the +, Stati&tic& cour&e/ all &tu-ent& )ill co"plete a prere7ui&ite
&u""er a&&ign"ent )hich )ill intro-uce &o"e o* the "ain the"e& in the &tu-0 o*
&tati&tic& a& )ell a& the &t0li&tic& o* the +,+ *or"at o* )riting. Stu-ent& )ill rea- Darrell
Hu**B& How to "ie #ith Statistics (19:3) an- co"plete a 2- page &cholarl0 %oo' re5ie)
)ritten in +,+ *or"at.
Course '.er.ie,
(he +, Stati&tic& Cour&e i& %ro'en up into &i.e "a.or &ection&. (he topic&
co5ere- an- the corre&pon-ing chapter& in ;ate&/ Moore < McCa%e (;MM) are gi5en#
Descripti.e Statistics (;MM 1<2)
(egression (;MM <3)
20perimental Design (;MM :)
Proaility (;MM 8-9)
%n&erence (;MM 10-13)
") D2SC(%P/%32 S/A/%S/%CS
a) 20ploring Data
i) Di&pla0ing Di&tri%ution& )ith ?raph&
ii) De&cri%ing Di&tri%ution& )ith Nu"%er&
%) /he 4ormal Distriutions
i) Den&it0 Cur5e& an- Nor"al Di&tri%ution&
ii) Stan-ar- Nor"al Calculation&
2) (25(2SS%'4
a) 20amining (elationships
i) Scatterplot&
ii) Correlation
iii) @ea&t-S7uare& 6egre&&ion
%) /,o$3ariale Data
i) Mo-eling Nonlinear 6elation&hip&
ii) 4nterpreting Correlation an- 6egre&&ion
iii) 6elation& in Categorical Data
6) 27P2(%M24/A8 D2S%54
a) Pro9ucing Data
i) De&igning Sa"ple&
ii) De&igning !2peri"ent&
iii) Si"ulating !2peri"ent&
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a) Proaility) /he Stu9y o& (an9omness
i) 6an-o"ne&&
ii) ,ro%a%ilit0 Mo-el&
%) (an9om 3ariales
i) Di&crete an- Continuou& 6an-o" Caria%le&
ii) Mean& an- Cariance& o* 6an-o" Caria%le&
c) /he Binomial an9 5eometric Distriutions
i) (he Bino"ial Di&tri%ution&
ii) (he ?eo"etric Di&tri%ution&
-) Sampling Distriutions
i) Sa"pling Di&tri%ution&
ii) Sa"ple ,roportion&
iii) Sa"ple Mean&
5) %4;2(24C2
a) %ntro9uction to %n&erence
i) !&ti"ating )ith Con*i-ence
ii) (e&t& o* Signi*icance
iii) D&ing Signi*icance (e&t&
i5) 4n*erence a& a Deci&ion
%) %n&erence &or Distriutions
i) 4n*erence *or the Mean o* a ,opulation
ii) Co"paring ()o Mean&
c) %n&erence &or Proportions
i) 4n*erence *or a ,opulation ,roportion
ii) Co"paring ()o ,roportion&
-) %n&erence &or /ales) Chi$S<uare Proce9ures
i) (e&t *or ?oo-ne&& o* Ait
ii) 4n*erence *or ()o-9a0 Caria%le&
e) %n&erence &or (egression
i) 4n*erence +%out the Mo-el
ii) 4n*erence +%out the ,re-iction
iii) Chec'ing the 6egre&&ion +&&u"ption&
=riting (e<uirement
Stu-ent& )ill )or' )ith the +"erican ,&0chological +&&ociation (+,+) &t0le o*
)riting an- con-ucting re&earch to properl0 prepare the" *or &ucce&& at the po&t-
&econ-ar0 le5el. 9ith the co"pletion o* nu"erou& &hort length paper& throughout the
cour&e o* the 0ear an- the ulti"ate co"pletion o* a cul"inating re&earch paper/ &tu-ent&
)ill %eco"e pro*icient )ith#
1) Con-ucting re&earch an- gathering -ata
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2) +nal01ing -ata
) Su""ari1ing -ata in chart& o* *igure& in the +,+ *or"at
3) 6e5ie)ing the literature &urroun-ing a &peci*ic re&earch topic
:) Dra)ing conclu&ion& *ro" o%&er5e- -ata
8) Di&cu&&ing po&&i%le i"plication& o* *in-ing&
7) S0nthe&i1ing a co"plete re&earch report (+%&tract/ 4ntro-uction/ Metho-&/
6e&ult&/ Di&cu&&ion/ Conclu&ion) in proper +,+ *or"at.
(he REQUIRED re&earch paper )ill %e co"plete- in &tage&#
4. (he propo&ition o* a te&ta%le pro%le" &tate"ent.
Stu-ent& )ill -e5elop a te&ta%le pro%le" &tate"ent )hich )ill e5entuall0 %eco"e
their re&earch 7ue&tion. (he pro%le" &houl- %e &o"ething that i& rele5ant to &tu-ent&B
li5e& an- intere&ting enough that a &igni*icant a"ount o* )or' can %e -one on the topic.
(he re&earch 7ue&tion &houl- al&o %e te&ta%le through an e"pirical &tu-0. Eue&tion& that
are onl0 te&ta%le through o%&er5ational &tu-0 may %e accepte-/ %ut &tu-ent& &houl- ai" to
-e5elop a 7ue&tion )hich )ill %e e2a"ine- through e2peri"ental -e&ign.
44. + re5ie) o* the literature F -e5elop"ent o* a re&earch paper intro-uction.
Stu-ent& )ill re5ie) the e2i&ting literature &urroun-ing their topic. Stu-ent& )ill
*ir&t co"plete an annotate- %i%liograph0 *or at lea&t : &cholarl0 .ournal article& relate- to
the re&earch 7ue&tion. =nce the annotate- %i%liograph0 i& co"plete/ &tu-ent& )ill )rite a
literature re5ie) in +,+ *or"at )hich )ill e5entuall0 &er5e a& the intro-uction to the
*inal re&earch paper.
444. (he -e&ign an- i"ple"entation o* an e2peri"ent to te&t the re&earch 7ue&tion.
=nce the re&earch 7ue&tion ha& %een -e5elope- an- "o-i*ie-/ an- the e2i&ting
literature ha& %een re5ie)e-/ &tu-ent& )ill -e&ign an- carr0 out their e2peri"ent&.
Stu-ent& )ill *ir&t propo&e their e2peri"ental -e&ign& a& )ell a& their plan& *or -ata
collection. =nce thi& *or"all0 )ritten propo&al i& appro5e-/ the &tu-ent& )ill carr0 out
their -e&ign& an- their -ata collection.
4C. 6eporting o* the Metho-& an- 6e&ult& o* the e2peri"ent.
=nce the e2peri"ent& are co"plete- an- all o* the -ata are collecte-/ &tu-ent& )ill
thoroughl0 -e&cri%e the "etho-& an- re&ult& o* their e"pirical &tu-0. (he "etho-&
&ection )ill %e )ritten accor-ing to +,+ *or"at an- )ill inclu-e#
1. Detail& a%out participant&
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2. ?eneral location o* the &tu-0
. ?eneral ti"e*ra"e *or the &tu-0
3. Speci*icall0 ho) the re&earch 7ue&tion )a& e2a"ine- (the treat"ent&
intro-uce-)
:. (he &peci*ic techni7ue& *or -ata collection an- organi1ation.
4n a--ition to the "etho-& &ection/ &tu-ent& )ill report their -ata in a re&ult& &ection
accor-ing to +,+ *or"at. (he re&ult& &ection )ill inclu-e#
1. + conci&e &u""ar0 o* the 7ualitati5e an- 7uantitati5e -ata collecte-.
2. ?raphicall0 organi1e- -ata not li"ite- to# t)o-)a0 chart&/ pie chart&/ *re7uenc0
hi&togra"&/ relati5e *re7uenc0 hi&togra"&/ &catter plot&/ an- the nor"al -i&tri%ution.
. + report o* the &tati&tical anal0&i& o* the -ata (i.e. regre&&ion line& an-
correlation coe**icient&/ h0pothe&i& te&t&/ etc.)
C. + -i&cu&&ion o* the re&ult& an- their i"plication&.
Stu-ent& )ill )rite a re&ult& &ection accor-ing to +,+ *or"at in )hich the0 )ill
-e&cri%e the "eaning o* their &tati&tical anal0&i& a& )ell a& the i"plication& o* their
*in-ing&. Here &tu-ent& &houl- co""unicate their interpretation& in the language o*
&tati&tic& an- "a'e connection& to their o5erall re&earch 7ue&tion. (hi& i& al&o )here
&tu-ent& )ill "a'e a clai" a& to )hether or not their h0pothe&i& i& &upporte-.
C4. Co"pilation o* the paper an- -e5elop"ent o* an e**ecti5e a%&tract an- conclu&ion.
Ainall0/ &tu-ent& )ill )rite an e**ecti5e conclu&ion. (he conclu&ion &houl- gi5e
li"itation& o* the &tu-0 a& )ell a& area& *or *urther re&earch. =nce co"plete-/ &tu-ent&
)ill )rite an a%&tract to e**ecti5el0 &u""ari1e the &tu-0. 9ith all the part& *inali1e-/ the
&tu-ent& )ill &u%"it their co"plete- re&earch paper accor-ing to +,+ *or"at.