MATH 4713

Course Name: Probability & Statistics for Teachers

Office Number: 311 Boyd Bldg.

Instructor: Dr. Nydia Powell

Office Hours: M W F 10:00 - 12:00 or by appointment

E-mail: npowell@westga.edu     

Telephone: O: 770-836-3507 H: 256-237-6275

Web Page: www.westga.edu/~npowell


Course Objectives: After completion of the course, the student will demonstrate:

  1. an understanding of standard vocabulary and symbols associated with probability and statistics;   (G3)
  2. a better understanding of fundamental concepts in probability and statistics, including the organization of data, numerical descriptive measures, discrete random variables and their probability distributions, and continuous random variables and the normal distribution;   (G3)
  3. a better understanding of appropriate strategies for teaching mathematics concepts at the P-8 level; and   (G3)
  4. a better understanding of the uses of a variety of manipulatives, technology, and other materials  for the P-8 level.   (G3)

Text: Workshop Statistics: Discovery with Data and Fathom, Key College Publishing, 2001. Authors: Rossman, Chance, & Lock.

Evaluation:

Test 1

50 points

Test 2

50 points

Midterm

100 points

Final

100 points

Project

50 points

Assignments

50 points

Total Possible

400 points

Grading Policy: A (360 - 400 pts), B (320 - 359 pts), C (280 - 319 pts), D (240 - 279), F (0 - 239 pts)

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all classes. This term a student may withdraw with a grade of W through February 27th, regardless of grades, absences, etc. This deadline has been established by the University. After this deadline, if a student has accumulated more than four absences throughout the semester, he/she will normally receive a grade of WF. (A grade of WF counts as an F.) The four absences should be saved for sickness and other emergencies. Late arrivals and early exits count one-half of an absence. If a student is absent for a test and has an excuse from someone in authority, then the student will be expected to complete a make-up exam within one week of the original test date. Lack of preparation is NOT an acceptable excuse!!!Make-up arrangements will be done according to instructorís discretion.If the instructor grants a make-up exam, do not expect the make-up exam to be the same test the class took; it could very well be more difficult.Students who maintain a perfect attendance record (i.e. no excused or unexcused absences) will have 5 points added to their Total Points at the end of the semester

Suggested Problems:Problems will be suggested at the end of each session.Many of the problems require the use of statistical software, Fathom.It is strongly recommended that the student stay current with the suggested problems, for they will facilitate the understanding of the lessons being presented in the text.If you have questions concerning the suggested problems, you should see the instructor during office hours or go to the math lab.Class time is not a problem-solving session.

Conferences: Conferences can be beneficial and are encouraged. All conferences should occur during the instructor's office hours, whenever possible. If these hours conflict with a student's schedule, then appointments should be made. The conference time is not to be used for duplication of lectures that were missed; it is the student's responsibility to obtain and review lecture notes before consulting with the instructor. The instructor is very concerned about the student's achievement and well-being and encourages anyone having difficulties with the course to come by the office for extra help. Grades will be based on coursework, not on Hope Grant needs, GPA, or any other factors outside the realm of coursework.

Individual Accommodations:Students requiring individual educational accommodations should discuss their needs with the instructor within the first week of class.

 

Conduct and Academic Integrity:It is expected that students be familiar with the Student Conduct Code, Disciplinary Procedures, and Disciplinary Sanctions in the Student Handbook.Cheating and/or any conduct that disturbs or disrupts the classroom, the instructor, or the students WILL NOT be tolerated!!Any evidence that may show otherwise will be reported; appropriate actions will be taken; and consequences will result.If you are caught cheating on the project, tests, or final exam, you will receive an F for the course.

 

Pagers and Cell Phones:Students are not allowed to carry pagers and cell phones in the classroom unless they are set to an inaudible setting.

Probability & Stats Schedule - Spring 2003


DATE
MW

TOPIC

SUGGESTED PROBLEMS

1/6

Course Intro

 

1/8

Topic 1 - Data and Variables

1-8, 1-10, 1-11, 1-12, 1-14, 1-16

1/13

Topic 2 - Data, Variables, and Technology

2-5, 2-7, 2-11

1/15

Topic 3 - Displaying and Describing Distributions

3-6, 3-7, 3-8, 3-11, 3-12

1/20

No Class- Holiday

 

1/22

Topic 4 - Measures of Center

4-5, 4-6, 4-8, 4-12, 4-13, 4-14, 4-16 & Assn 1 due!

1/27

Review

 

1/29

Test 1

 

2/3

Topic 5 - Measures of Spread

5-9, 5-10, 5-11, 5-15, 5-17, 5-21

2/5

Topic 5 - Measures of Spread (cont'd)

5-18, 5-19, 5-22, 5-26

2/10

Topic 6 - Comparing Distributions I: Quantitative Variables

6-5, 6-6, 6-9(a & b), 6-11, 6-14, 6-16

2/12

Topic 7 - Comparing Distributions II: Categorical Variables

7-8, 7-9, 7-10, 7-14, 7-20

2/17

Topic 8 - Graphical Displays of Association

8-6, 8-7, 8-8(a), 8-10, 8-14, 8-18

2/19

Topic 9 - Correlation Coefficient

9-8, 9-15 & Assn 2 due!

2/24

Review

 

2/26

Midterm

 

3/3

Topic 1: Experiment, Outcomes, and Sample Space

Problems

3/5

Topic 2: Calculating Probability

Problems

3/10

Topic 3: Odds and The Counting Rule

Problems

3/12

Topic 4: Marginal and Conditional Probabilities

Problems

3/17-21

Spring Break

 

3/24

Topic 5: Mutually Exclusive Events & Independent/Dependent Events

Problems & Assn 3 due!

3/26

Review

 

3/31

Test 2

 

4/2

No class-Honorís Day

 

4/7

Topic 6: Complementary Events & the Multiplication Rule for Independent Events

Problems

4/9

Topic 7: Joint Probability of Dependent Events and Mutually Exclusive Events

Problems

4/14

Topic 8: Union of Events

Problems

4/16

Topic 9: Factorials and Combinations

Problems & Assn 4 due!

4/21

Presentations

Projects Due

4/23

Presentations

 

4/28

Review

5/5

Final†† 2-4 pm

 

 

Note:The instructor retains the prerogative of altering dates and/or material as necessary