August 10th, 2010
Subject: Statistics Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite: Integrated Math 2, Honors Integrated Math 1 or equivalent
Duration 1 year Credit: 1.0
Class times: three 70-minute blocks a week
Teacher: Mr. Sébastien Millette Room: 2049


Statistics involves the study of four main areas:  exploratory analysis; planning a study; probability; and statistical inference.  According to the College Board, upon entering this course students are expected to have mathematical maturity and quantitative reasoning ability.  Mathematical maturity could be defined as a complete working knowledge of the graphical and algebraic concepts through Math Analysis, including linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions.  In contrast to many math classes, this course will require reading of the text.  This Statistics course [based on the AP statistics syllabus] is taught as an activity-based course in which students actively construct their own understanding of the concepts and techniques of statistics.*

Class Resources

The primary class resource is your binder which should include all lessons, assignments, and other materials.  Keep your binder organized and complete and take pride in its appearance.

The textbooks are important and should be signed out from the textbook center as soon as possible:

Yates, Moore, & Starnes. The Practice of Statistics. 3rd ed., W. H. Freeman & Co., 2006

Their website is also excellent and should be visited.

You are expected to use this website in conjunction with the information given in class – depending on just one or the other is not necessarily sufficient.  Extra information will be posted, with all relevant links, so stay tuned and online.

My email address is and the web address for the statistics blog is

Course outline, with corresponding chapter in the textbook*

What is Statistics?  (chapter P)

Exploration of data  (chapter 1)

The Normal Distribution  (chapter 2)

Examining Relationships  (chapter 3)

Two-Variable Data  (chapter 4)

Production of Data  (chapter 5)

Probability  (chapter 6)

Random Variables  (chapter 7)

Binomial and Geometric Distributions  (chapter 8 )

Sampling Distributions  (chapter 9)

Introduction to Inference  (chapter 10)

Inferences for Distributions  (chapter 11)

Inferences for Proportions  (chapter 12)

Inferences for Tables  (chapter 13)

Inferences for Regression  (chapter 14)

Analysis of Variance  (chapter 15)

A more detailed version of the course outline

Marks breakdown  for 1st semester (2nd semester)

Homework and Organization: Homework is worth 5% (4%) of the semester grade.  Homework tasks are designed to practice concepts recently learned in class, and since mistakes are considered to be an important part of the learning process, they are graded more on completion and effort and less on the accuracy of the work.

Students are expected to bring all relevant materials to class.  This includes:

  • TI-83, TI-84, TI-84+ or equivalent graphing calculator, although examples in the book and from various applets will be for TI-83, TI-84 and TI-89 exclusively
  • Textbook or softcopy on laptop
  • Writing instruments
  • Binder and looseleaf paper for notes, assignments and handouts (keep this organized)

Major Assignments: Major assignments, (i.e. tests and projects) are worth 60% (48%) of the semester grade.  Tests are summative assessments that take place at the end of each major unit, and evaluate student’s understanding of a wide range of concepts learned over a period of several weeks.  At least one paper-style major will be assigned so that the students gain experience in mathematical investigation and modeling tasks.

Minor Assignments: Quizzes and minor assignments are worth 35% (28%) of the semester grade.  They are evaluations that focus on a small number of concepts learned over the previous few classes, and allow the opportunity for the teacher to provide valuable feedback to the students on the accuracy of their solutions and their comprehension of the material.

Semester Exam: The Semester Exam is worth 0% (20%) of the semester grade.  You will write a practice AP exam during the second semester, which will cover more material up to that point.

Tutorials and extra help

 All students are welcome to attend tutorials which are available in the classroom after school each week from Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Tutorials are a time for students to clarify any questions they have from lessons, homework and/or assignments. Students may voluntarily attend, although in some cases attendance may be required at the request of the teacher to catch up on homework or to make up quizzes or tests due to absence.  Please arrive on time to take full advantage of these tutorial sessions.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday14:30 – 14:50 in Rm 2067 Other days or times by appointment only

* from “AP Statistics Syllabus 3.” Http:// College Board. 1-10. Web. 29 July 2010.

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