AS/SC/ MATH 1131
Displaying and describing distributions, basic concepts of time series and growth,
relationships between variables, Simpson's paradox and the need for design. Experimental
design and sampling design, randomization. Probability models and random variables, mean
and variance. Basic laws of probability.
Testing a new drug, pricing a derivative asset, evaluating
the effects of free trade, making sound investment decisions, and predicting who will win
the World Series are all activities that have in common the need to make sense out of
ambiguous data. The modern discipline of statistics serves as a guide to scientists,
policy makers and business managers who must draw inferences or make decisions on the
basis of uncertain information.
MATH 1131 provides an introduction to the concepts of
statistics with an emphasis on developing an appreciation for variability and a critical
attitude towards the use and misuse of statistics in science and business. Statistical
techniques will include confidence intervals for means and tests of significance.
It is recommended that students have at least one OAC in
mathematics, but the mathematical level of the course will be quite elementary. Although
students will be making use of the computer to calculate statistics, to create statistical
plots, and to obtain a better appreciation of statistical concepts, no previous
experience in computing is required. Students will receive all the necessary
instruction about how to use the statistical computer package Minitab.
Although this course is recommended for students who wish
to major in statistics, the concepts are broadly applicable and it should be interesting
to students who do not plan to specialize in statistics.
The final grade may be based on assignments and/or quizzes,
class tests and a final examination.
The text is David Moore and George McCabe, Introduction
to the Practice of Statistics (3rd Ed.).
Prerequisite: At least one
OAC in mathematics is recommended.
Exclusions:AS/SC/AK/MATH 2560 3.0, SC/BIOL 3080 3.0, SC/BIOL 3090 3.0,
AS/ECON 2500 3.0, AS/SC/GEOG 2420 3.0, AS/SC/KINE 2050 3.0, AS/SC/PHED 2050 3.0,
AS/SC/PSYC 2020 6.0, AS/SC/PSYC 2021 3.0, AS/SOCI 3030 6.0, AK/MATH 1720 6.0, AK/MATH 2430
6.0, AK/BIOL 3080 6.0, AK/BIOL 3080 3.0, AK/BIOL 3090 3.0, AK/PSYC 2510 3.0. Not open to
any student who has successfully completed AS/SC/MATH 2030 6.0.