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Course Outline

MATH 1131 2000-01 W

T 12:30-2:30, R 12:30-1:30 in CSB C

Taught by: Professor Gene Denzel

Office: N615 Ross

Office Hours: Monday 9-10 and 3:30-4:30; Wednesday 9-10; and by appointment

Email: Gene.Denzel@mathstat.yorku.ca

Web page: http://www.yorku.ca/lezned

Textbook: Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis by Peck, Olsen, and Devore & (Duxbury 2001)

Manual: JMP Start Statistics by Sall, Lehman, and Creighton (2nd Edition); (Duxbury 2001)


General outline: The course will deal with learning how to think statistically in dealing with observational or experimental data. The topics to be covered will be drawn from the textbook, covering the first eight chapters with some omissions, plus some of chapter 9.

Many of the assignments will involve the analysis of sets of data which will require the use of a computer to do the necessary arithmetic or graphing. There are many good computer programs for doing statistics. In this course we will provide examples and demonstrations using JMP IN, which is available on a CD with a manual which can be purchased bundled with the textbook, and in the AML Gauss computer lab in S110 Ross. (You may also use other programs such as SAS, Minitab, or SPSS if you wish, but I will generally only be giving examples in JMP or SAS.) Students should read the instructions in the AML Handbook (given out in class) go to the Steacie Science Library Computing Help Desk for instructions on how to obtain an account using the MAYA system. For those with access to a home computer and modem, it would probably be desirable to also acquire an account for York's high-speed modem pool.

In addition to the use of the computer to do your calculations, there is a wealth of information available through the world-wide web. For starters, the course web pages will have links to useful information and sites which will assist you in learning statistics. They will also provide the details of assignments, hints, solutions, etc.

It is essential to understand that one learns statistics by doing, not by just reading. In order to be successful in this course it will be necessary to keep up with the bi-weekly assignments. All quizzes and tests will be closed book, but you will be allowed to bring 2 (letter-sized) sheets of paper with whatever information you wish. You will need a calculator for the tests and quizzes.

Grading: The grading in the course will be based on the following breakdown.

Quizzes: 25% (best 4 of 5 bi-weekly in-class 20-minute quizzes)
Midterm: 25%
Final Ex.: 35%