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```							                               AP Statistics
Buford High School
Ms. Davis

I.    Course Design
This AP Statistics course is taught primarily by lecture but is also based
heavily on activities designed for students to be proficient at college level
work and to develop their own understanding of the concepts and
applications of statistics. (C4)

The four main studies integrated throughout the course are:
Exploring Data, Planning and Designing a Study, Anticipating Patterns,
and Statistical Inference.

By chapter, the topics are:
Exploring Data, Describing Location in a Distribution, Examining
Relationships, More about Relationships between Two Variables,
Producing Data, Probability and Simulation: The Study of Randomness,
Random Variables, The Binomial and Geometric Distributions, Sampling
Distributions, Estimating with Confidence, Testing a Claim, Significance
Tests in Practice, Comparing Two Population Parameters, Inference for
Distributions of Categorical Variables: Chi-Square Procedures, and
Inference for Regression.

II.   Technology
Students will be expected to be adept with a graphic calculator;
specifically the TI-83. They must also be literate with respect to basic
computer applications and program printouts as they will be using Minitab
data in preparation for the exam. There are a few of the TI-83 calculators
available to be issued for those students without access to one. (C5)

III. Textbook(s)
Daniel S. Yates, David S. Moore, and Daren S. Starnes. The Practice of
Statistics, 3rd ed. New York: W.H. Freeman and Company, 2008
IV. Course Outline
*ALL STUDENTS WILL TAKE THE AP EXAM IN MAY!
UNIT 1 (Chapters 1, 2, 3, &4)
Time: 12 weeks
Title: Analyzing Data: Looking for Patterns and Departures from
Patterns (C2a)
Topics:
 Exploring Data
 Describing Location in a Distribution
 Examining Relationships
 More about Relationships between Two Variables

UNIT 2 (chapter 5)
Time: 3 weeks
Title: Producing Data: Surveys, Observational Studies, and
Experiments (C2b)
Topic:
 Producing Data

UNIT 3 (chapters 6 - 9)
Time: 9 weeks
Title: Probability and Random Variables: Foundations for
Inference (C2c)
Topics:
 Probability and Simulations: The Study of Randomness
 Random Variables
 The Binomial and Geometric Distributions
 Sampling Distributions

UNIT 4 (chapters 10 – 15)
Time: 8 weeks
Title: Inference: Conclusions with Confidence (C2d)
Topics:
 Estimating with Confidence
 Testing a Claim
 Significance Tests in Practice
 Comparing Two Population Parameters
 Inference for Distributions of Categorical Variables: Chi-
Square Procedures

REVIEW FOR AP EXAM
Time: 2 weeks
Topics: Units 1 – 4
Assessment: Multiple Choice Questions, Free Response
Questions, Grading of Free Response Questions
V.    Teaching Strategies
Though the course is taught primarily by lecture format, the students are
also required to do individual outlines of each chapter and do activities
both within groups and by themselves.
The lecturer will also present itself in a facilitator capacity when working
problems. Students will be guided by the lecture and directed through
reading, trial-and-error, study groups, and guided exercises within the text
to reach conclusions and/or inferences.

The use of the TI-83 and the slight use of Minitab are imperative to the
exploration, discovery, and development of statistical understanding.
It is the desire of the mathematics department at Buford High School to
produce competent learners, analyzers, and interpreters of all types of
mathematical information. To this endeavor, the AP Statistics classroom
will provide appropriate activities which make decision-making,
justifying, validating, and assessing statistical hypotheses the highest
priority. To do this, students will be required to work at the highest levels
of Bloom’s Taxonomy; analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. (C3) They
will be required to utilize the deductive skills needed for a two-column
geometric proof and the inductive skills needed for paragraph proofs by

VI.   After the AP Exam ALL STUDENTS WILL TAKE THE AP EXAM!
Once the AP Exam has been administered (if time permits) students will
produce and present a statistical survey if time allows. They will use the
student body, faculty, or combination of student body and faculty as their
population. The topics of the surveys will be chosen by the students and
will reflect current social or political issues. The students will be required
to give an oral presentation and evaluation of their findings. (C4)

VII. Assessments
At the beginning of each unit each student is given a competency rubric
for the major topics in the unit. The categories of evaluation are
Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, and Unsatisfactory. Each chapter will be
evaluated separately by a written test and then each unit will receive a
reevaluated within 2 weeks of the original grade. The reevaluation and
possible grade revision must be done outside of class and will require both
a written and an oral presentation to the instructor.
The following topics are not specifically mentioned in the course outline.
However, these are integrated into the course as needed: Census,
Clustering, Control Groups, Placebo Effect, Observational Study,
Treatments, Experimental Units, Blind and Double-Blind Studies.

C2a: The course provides instruction in each of the following four broad conceptual
themes outlined in the Course Description with appropriate emphasis on exploring
data.

C2b: The course provides instruction in each of the following four broad conceptual
themes outlined in the Course Description with appropriate emphasis on
sampling and experimentation.

C2c: The course provides instruction in each of the following four broad conceptual
themes outlined in the Course Description with appropriate emphasis on
anticipating patterns.

C2d: The course provides instruction in each of the following four broad conceptual
themes outlined in the Course Description with appropriate emphasis on statistical
inferences.

C3—The course draws connections between all aspects of the statistical process,
including design, analysis, and conclusions.

C4—The course teaches students how to communicate methods, results, and
interpretations using the vocabulary of statistics.

C5—Evidence of Curricular Requirement: The courses teaches students how to use
graphing calculators and demonstrates the use of computers and/or computer
output to enhance the development of statistical understanding through exploring
and analyzing data, assessing models, and performing simulations.

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