Kunkle's Syllabus, MATH 104, Fall 2008
last change Dec 10, 2008

MATH 104 (Elementery Statistics) Fall 2008

Section: 104-013 MWF 1:00-1:50PM 309 BELL.
Instructor: Dr. Kunkle, 4 Green Way, Room 202, k u n k l e t at c o f c dot e d u, 953-5921 (office), 766-0943 (home).
Instructor's Office Hours: Here are my remaining office hours this semester. If you'd like to see me but can't make these times, please ask for an appointment.
Mon Dec 8, 2-3pm
Tues Dec 9, 12-12:50pm
Wed Dec 10, 10-11am
Thu Dec 11, 9-11am
Fri Dec 12, 12-1pm
Mon Dec 15 9-11am
Tue Dec 16 9-11am
Wed Dec 17 none

Instructor's Office: 4 Green Way is item 27 on the campus map (pdf). It's a three-story single house near the fountain behind Randolph Hall. (pictures)
Course Objectives, Expected Outcomes: This course is intended as an introduction to statistics for students not majoring in the School of Sciences and Mathematics. We'll cover descriptive statistics, probability, confindence intervals for population means and proportions, and tests of hypotheses regarding these parameters. I think that we'll also have time to cover CIs and HTs for pairs of proportions and (possibly) means. Students are expected to display a thorough understanding of these ideas and techniques.
Text: Statistics, by Agresti and Franklin, 2nd ed.
Exams and Grades: We'll have three (3) 50-minute midterm exams, a 3-hour final exam, and weekly one-question quizzes. See Schedule below for dates. Although basic ideas we learn in this course can appear on several exams or quizzes, each weekly quiz will be based primarily on material covered since the time of the previous exam or quiz, and each midterm exam will be based primarily on material covered since the previous midterm. Our final exam in this course will be cumulative. Unless I specifically tell you otherwise, you should assume that any topic of this course could appear on the final.

Each of the three (3) midterm exams is worth 100 points, the final exam is worth 150 points, and the weekly in-class quizzes are worth 50 points altogether. I'll assign letter grades as follows:
Letter grade: A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
Minimum required score: 90% 87% 83% 80% 77% 73% 70% 67% 63% 60% 57%
At the end of the semester, I'll calculate your grade two ways--based on the percent you earned of the 450 possible exam points, and again based on the percent you earned of the 500 possible exam and quiz points--and give you whichever letter grade comes out higher.

What grade must I earn on the final to get a ? in this course?

Make-up Policy: If you must miss an exam, I expect you to contact me (using all the numbers above) and the Associate Dean of Students (953-3390), as soon as possible. I can allow you a make-up exam only if I determine that your absence at exam time (and every reasonable time until the make-up) is excusable. An unexcused exam will be given the grade zero, probably causing you to fail the course. There are no makeups for quizes, but I'll drop your two (2) lowest quiz scores before computing your quiz average.

How to get an A: Do lots of homework, read the book, and attend every class!
After each class, do as many of the assigned problems as possible. Time permitting, there will be a short time to ask questions about these at the beginning of the next class. Exam tips: begin extra studying for the exam at least a week before the test; identify the different types of problems in the homework and the steps you must follow to solve each type; do assigned problems a second or third time as well as unassigned problems similar to the assigned ones.
Attendance Policy: I will not waste our class time recording attendance and will not factor attendance into your final grade. But be aware that attendance has a way of factoring itself into your grade. Generally, students who miss class do not do well in this course. If you're absent on a non-exam day, I'll assume that you have a good reason for missing and will not require an excuse. Read the text and try the homework for the day you miss and then bring questions to me in my office. See Make-up Policy for absences on exam days.
Calculators: You'll want a calculator with statistics capabilities for this course. See me if you have a question about yours, and I'll try to help you figure it out. If you're planning to buy a calculator, I recommend one of the TI graphing calculuators; when I use a calculator in class, it will always be a TI-84 Plus Silver Edition.
Most of our exams will consist of two sections: a no-calculator part and a calculator-required part. You may not share a calculator with another student during an exam.
Click here to see a few instructions for using a TI-83/84 in this class.
On Line: If it ever becomes necessary for me to change this syllabus, you can always find the current version at http://kunklet.people.cofc.edu/syll104.html. Look for the last change date at the top of this document, and a description of changes at the bottom.
Old Exams: Click here to see most of the questions that I wrote for my MATH 104 midterm exams last semester. (I've pooled them together and left out some questions because, last semester, I used a different text, taught some different topics, and taught the other topics in a different order.)
Learning Disabled Students: If you have a learning disability which will effect your performance in this class, you should contact Disability Services (953-1431) and talk to me in private. I can make no special testing allowances without documentation from Disability Services. Appointments with Disability Services for alternate testing must be made by the student at least three days in advance of the test date.
Assigned Problems: * indicates a challenging but worthwhile problem. "1.5-1.25" means the odd numbered problems between 1.5 and 1.25, inclusive. "4.7-4.19" (all) means all problems between 4.7 and 4.19, inclusive. "2.C" refers to the additional Chapter Problems at the end of Chapter 2.
2.1: 2.3-2.7 (all). 2.2: 2.17c, 2.21, 2.23, 2.25. Add'l exercise: Create a histogram on your TI-83/84 using the data in problem 2.15 and again using the "sugar" data in table 2.3, p. 34. (solutions to this add'l exercise) 2.3: 2.31, 2.32, 2.33, 2.35, 2.37, 2.41.
2.4: 2.47, 2.48, 2.49-2.59. 2.5: 2.63, 2.65, 2.69, 2.72, 2.73, 2.74, 2.77, 2.79, 2.83. 2.C: 2.91, 2.97acd, 2.103-2.107, 2.109b, 2.111a, 2.113, 2.121, 2.123, 2.138, 2.140, 2.141.
5.1: 5.2, 5.4, 5.6, 5.7, 5.9. 5.2: 5.13, 5.15-5.20 (all). 5.3: 5.22, 5.23, 5.25, 5.28, 5.30, 5.31-5.45.
5.4: 5.51, 5.56, 5.57-5.61 ("unconditionally her probability of innocence is 0.50" means that 50% of all defendants are innocent.) 5.C: 5.65-5.79, 5.87, 5.97, 5.101, 5.106, 5.107. 6.1: 6.1, 6.3, 6.5, 6.7-6.11 (all). Add'l exercises: use the formulas (see exercise 6.85) for variance and standard deviation to find var. and st.dev. for the probability distributions in problems 6.3, 6.5, 6.9, and 6.11ab.
6.2: 6.15, 6.17, 6.18, 6.20-6.23 (all), 6.25-6.31. 6.3: 6.33-6.41, 6.47. 6.C: 6.49, 6.54-6.57 (all), 6.59, 6.61, 6.65-6.75, 6.79, 6.81.
7.1: 7.3, 7.7-7.11 (all), 7.13, plus 6.43, 6.45 (from section 6.3). 7.2: 7.17-7.21 (all). 7.C: 7.35-7.45
8.1: 8.1, 8.5, 8.7. 8.2: 8.11-8.17, 8.21-8.24 (all). 8.3: 8.27-8.43.
8.4: 8.46, 8.47-8.51. 8.C: 8.61-8.69, 8.77-8.81, 8.87-8.91, 8.95, 8.97, 8.108, 8.109-8.113, 8.117. 9.1: 9.1, 9.5, 9.7.
9.2: 9.9-9.21. 9.3: 9.27-9.33abc, 9.33d*, 9.35-9.39. 9.4: 9.42, 9.43-9.49.
9.5: 9.53, 9.54, 9.55. 9.6: 9.59-9.63 (all). 9.C: 9.66, 9.67-9.71, 9.75, 9.79-9.87, 9.88, 9.89, 9.91, 9.93*, 9.113-9.122 (all).
10.1: 10.3, 10.4, 10.6-10.9 (all), 10.11. 10.C: 10.72-10.75 (all).
Schedule: See also http://www.cofc.edu/~register/fall2008student.htm
  W 8/27: 5.1, 5.2 F 8/29: 5.2
M 9/1: 5.3 W 9/3: 5.4 F 9/5: Classes Canceled
M 9/8: Q1, catch up W 9/10: 6.1 F 9/12: Q2, 6.1
M 9/15: 6.2 W 9/17: 6.2 F 9/19: Q3, 6.3
M 9/22: 6.3 W 9/24: Q&A F 9/26: Exam 1
M 9/29: 2.1., 2.2 W 10/1: 2.3, 2.4 F 10/3: Q4, 2.4, 2.5
Oct 7 is the last day to withdraw with a grade of W.
M 10/6: 2.5 W 10/8: 7.1, 7.2 F 10/10: Q5, 7.2
M 10/13: holiday W 10/15: 8.1., 8.2 F 10/17: Take-home Q6, 8.2
M 10/20: 8.2 W 10/22: 8.3 F 10/24: 8.3
M 10/27: Q&A W 10/29: Exam 2 F 10/31: 8.4
M 11/3: 9.1., 9.2 W 11/5: 9.2 F 11/7: Q7, 9.2
M 11/10: 9.3 W 11/12: 9.3 F 11/14: Q8, 9.4
M 11/17: 9.5 W 11/19: catch up F 11/21: Q&A
M 11/24: Exam 3 W 11/26: holiday F 11/28: holiday
M 12/1: 9.6 graph1 graph2 W 12/3: 10.1 F 12/5: Q9, 10.1
M 12/8: catch up Tuesday 12/9: Q&A Wednesday 12/10: Final Exam, 12-3pm.
Changes:
Sept 9: removed 5.81, added 5.97 in 5.C. Added exercises in section 6.1. No classes Sept 5. Added makeup day on Dec 9.
Sept 18: Added link to calculator instructions.
Sept 29: moved two prob.s from 6.3 to 7.1. Added two calculator exercises to 2.2.
Oct 1: Added solutions to calculator exercises in 2.2. Covered 2.4 a day earlier than originally planned.
Oct 16: added link to take-home Quiz 6.
Oct 17: modified Quiz 6.
Dec 1: added 2 problems and graphs to section 9.6.
Dec 2: changed sched to reflect our having no quiz on Oct 31. Added link to "What grade do I need?"
Dec 8: added office hours during finals.
Dec 10: Fixed typo in office hours.