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AP Statistics Course Syllabus The syllabus for this course has 7 sections, which are listed below. 1) Objectives 2) Resources 3) Grading 4) Topic Outline 5) Timeline 6) Technology Objectives ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Students should explore data. Students should describe patterns and departures from patterns. Students should collect samples and conduct experiments. Students should plan and conduct a study. Students should anticipate patterns. Students should explore random phenomena using probability and simulation. Students should make statistical inferences. Students should estimate population parameters and test hypotheses. Students should use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results and support conclusions. ● Students should be able to determine the reasonableness of solutions, including sign, size, relative accuracy and units of measurement. ● Students should appreciate the science of statistics as a useful and powerful tool to present and analyze data. AP Statistics Course Syllabus Resources ● Statistics Textbook – Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis, 4th Edition, by Roxy Peck, Chris Olsen, and Jay Devore ● Electronic Statistics Textbook ● Statistics Textbook Powerpoints ● TI-89 Graphing Calculator ● TI Connect Graphing Calculator Software ● Virtual TI-89 Graphing Calculator ● TI-89 User Manual ● TI-89 Electronic User Manual ● WinPlot Graphing Software ● Graph Graphing Software ● Statistical Software, such as R ● Statistics Textbook Assessment Manual ● Statistics Textbook Solutions Manual ● Statistics AP Test Prep Manuals ● College Board AP Statistics Course Description Manual ● College Board AP Statistics Teacher Support Materials ● College Board AP Statistics Free Response Past Exams ● College Board AP Statistics Multiple Choice Past Exams ● College Board AP Statistics Practice Exams ● Other AP Statistics Practice Exams Required Student Materials for every Class Period 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) Textbook Notebook Folder Graphing Calculator Ruler/Straightedge Pens/Pencils Grading Grade Scale AP Statistics Course Syllabus Letter Grade Percentage Grade A+ A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF 97 – 100 94 – 96.9 90 – 93.9 87 – 89.9 84 – 86.9 80 – 83.9 77 –79.9 74 – 76.9 70 – 73.9 67 – 69.9 64 – 66.9 60 – 63.9 0 – 59.9 Breakdown of AP Statistics Course Grade Grading Area Percentage of Overall Grade Classwork 10 Homework 10 Quizzes 20 Chapter Tests and Projects 60 Total 100 Brief explanations of each grading area for this course are given below. For classwork, students are expected to maintain an organized and complete notebook which includes detailed class notes, vocabulary, practice problems, and homework assignments. Classwork will be graded on completeness, neatness and organization. For homework, students are expected to complete all assigned homework problems by the due date. Homework will also be graded on completeness, neatness and organization, but not correctness. Selected homework problems will be reviewed in class, and solutions to homework problems will be made available to students. The purpose of classwork and homework is to provide AP Statistics Course Syllabus students with sufficient time with the material and sufficient practice with the material, so that students will obtain a sufficient understanding of the material prior to quizzes, tests and exams. In addition, the classwork and the homework, if complete, neat and organized, will provide excellent and essential study material for quizzes, tests and exams. Quizzes will be given regularly and will consist of a few problems to check student understanding of a select, small amount of material. Tests will be given at the completion of each chapter unit. Tests will mostly be comprised of free response questions. Cumulative exams will be given at the middle and at the end of the course. Cumulative exams will be modeled after the AP exam, which means they will include both multiple choice and free response questions. In addition to written quizzes, tests, and exams; there will be several assessments completed through research projects. The general design of these research projects will be for students to work in groups of 2-4 students to perform a statistical study. The study will include the development of a research question, the writing of data collection procedures, the collection of data, the analysis of data, and the writing of a conclusion. In addition, each group will present their project findings to their classmates. These research projects will be an integral part of this AP Statistics course, in that during these research projects students will be actually practicing Statistics! This course will be very thorough and intense in its study and application of Statistics. This course is designed not only for the student to accumulate knowledge, but also for the student to apply, analyze, question, appreciate and truly understand the accumulated knowledge. Statistics will be learned in many ways. The learning methods utilized in this course are listed below. ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Recording and reviewing detailed class notes from teacher presentations. Recording and reviewing detailed class notes from student presentations. Solving problems independently. Solving problems in small groups. Solving problems as a whole class. Teacher presenting solutions to problems. Students presenting solutions to problems. Discussing solved problems as a whole class. Using graphing calculators to solve problems. Using computer graphing/statistical software to solve problems. Completing classwork and homework assignments. Taking regular short quizzes. Taking chapter unit tests and cumulative exams. Taking AP mock exams. Conducting statistical studies as research projects. Producing comprehensive reports on research projects/statistical studies. Presenting findings of statistical studies to classmates. Topic Outline 1. Exploring Data 1.1. Analyzing Categorical Data 1.2. Displaying Quantitative data 1.3. Describing Quantitative Data with Numbers AP Statistics Course Syllabus 2. Modeling Distributions of Data 2.1. Describing Location in a Distribution 2.2. Density curves and Normal Distributions 3. Describing Relationships 3.1. Scatter plots and Correlation 3.2. Least-Squares Regression 4. Designing Studies 4.1. Sampling and Surveys 4.2. Experiments 4.3. Using studies wisely 5. Probability: What are the Chances? 5.1. Randomness, Probability, and Simulation 5.2. Probability Rules 5.3. Conditional Probability and Independence 6. Random Variables 6.1. Discrete and Continuous Random Variables 6.2. Transforming and combining Random Variables 6.3. Binomial and Geometric Random Variables 7. Sampling Distributions 7.1. What is a Sampling Distribution? 7.2. Sample Proportions 7.3. Sample Means 8. Estimating with Confidence 8.1. Confidence Intervals: The Basics 8.2. Estimating a Population Proportion 8.3. Estimating a Population Mean 9. Testing a Claim 9.1. Significance Tests: The Basics 9.2. Tests about a Population Proportion 9.3. Tests about a Population Mean 10. Comparing Two Populations or Groups 10.1. Comparing Two Proportions 10.2. Comparing Two Means 11. Inference for Distributions of Categorical Data 11.1. Chi-Square Tests for Goodness of Fit 11.2. Inference for Two-Way Tables 12. More about Regression 12.1. Inference for Liner Regression 12.2. Transforming to Achieve Linearity Timeline AP Statistics Course Syllabus 1) Content (September thru March) 2) AP Exam Prep (April) 3) AP Exams (early/mid-May) 1) Content (September thru March) This 7 month period comprises 80% of this course and 100% of the AP Statistics course content. Hence, these 7 months will be an extremely intensive time period. Class will be held for forty minutes per day five days per week, allowing enough time to complete the AP Statistics course content prior to the AP Exam Prep period in April and the actual AP Exam in early/mid-May. However, the intensity and complexity of the course material may be at times overwhelming. Therefore, a consistent and hard work ethic will be required both inside of class and outside of class. Students will also need to be very organized in taking notes inside of class and completing assignments outside of class. Additionally, students will need to be responsible and independent learners who seek out answers to their questions through their own research, via interactions with their classmates, and most definitely by asking the teacher many, many, many questions both inside of class and outside of class. A monthly list of the topics to be covered during this time period is given below. September October November December January February March Descriptive Statistics (Chapters 1 ~ 4) Descriptive Statistics (Chapters 1 ~ 4) Probability (Chapters 6 and 6) Sampling (Chapters 7 ) Review and Semester Exam (Chapters 1 ~ 7) Hypothesis Testing (Chapter 8 & 9) Inferential Statistics (Chapters 11, 12) 3) AP Exam Prep (April) The month of April will be devoted to a complete, thorough, and exhaustive review of the entire course, utilizing past AP multiple choice and free response problems as the review material. In addition, students will take full AP Statistics Mock Exams. This time for review and taking mock exams will prepare students for when they sit for the actual AP Statistics Exam in early/mid-May. 4) AP Exams (early/mid-May) During this 2 week period in early/mid-May, students will take their AP exams. Good luck on your AP exams! Technology The use of technology to demonstrate, interact with and analyze Statistics is an integral part of this course. The main technology resources to be used on a daily basis by both teacher and students are computer laptops and TI89 graphing calculators. The graphing calculator is the only technology tool available for students to use on the AP Statistics exam. Therefore, we will need to become familiar with the use of the TI-89 graphing calculator, and how this technology tool can be most helpful to us on written exams, as we prepare to be successful on the AP Statistics exam in May. AP Statistics Course Syllabus