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									       AP Statistics Syllabus                                 2012-2013
Instructor             Rebecca Jensen, Ph.D.
                       jensenrm@swbell.net (214) 942-2989

Text                   Bock, David E., Paul F. Velleman, and Richard D. DeVeaux.
                       Stats: Modeling the World, second edition.

Materials              You will need a graphing calculator (TI-83 or 84 or higher),
which can be checked out from the school. You also need a binder (2-3 inch) and a spiral
for taking notes. Please use this spiral for statistics ONLY.

Theme for the year:                                Responsibility

     All assigned homework will be odd numbers. I expect you to
      complete the problems, then check them in the back of the book. This
      gives you a chance to ask questions of your classmates or me before
      the next class. I will also answer homework question at the beginning
      of class. Copying the answers from the back of the book will result in
      very little learning and very little credit.
     You must keep track of all of the homework for the entire unit and
      turn it in on exam day (in order and stapled together). This will count
      as a quiz/organization grade.
     If you are absent, you need to read the section (look at your calendar
      and figure out which one!) and get notes before the next class day.
      Don’t expect me to “catch you up.” After you read the book and get
      the notes, I will be happy to answer your questions or go over the
      material with you.

Opportunities for Help
   I tutor at C lunch and in the afternoons from 4:15 to 5:15 by appointment. There will
    also be district-wide Saturday sessions during the spring to help you prepare for the
    AP exam.
   All graded assignments except for unannounced quizzes are shown on a calendar for
    each unit. Every student will be given a calendar, and extra calendars are available in
    Room 316 and on TeacherWeb in case you miss an assignment or are absent.

Information such as this syllabus and the unit calendars can be found on my website:
Go to tagmagnet.org and click on Faculty Pages.
   Participation: Your classwork grade is partially based on completion of the
    Problems of the Day and efficient use of class time. These problems act as a
    formative assessment so I can see how you are doing with the topic. Do not ask
    to do errands at the beginning of the period. Take care of things between
    classes or after we have finished.

   Notes: You should take notes during class. Studying your notes will be more
    effective than studying from the textbook. READ THIS: In order to encourage
    you to take notes, you will periodically have a Daily Quiz Problem at the start
    of class. You may use your own notes to solve these problems, which will
    count as a cumulative quiz grade for the six weeks.

   Homework: You should expect homework everyday. It is usually graded for effort
    on a 0 to 10 basis. If you correct and/or complete it in another color and turn it
    back in on the day of the unit exam, you may increase your grade to a 10 if you
    originally did over half of it. Late homework receives a maximum grade of 7. Any
    homework turned in after the unit exam receives a zero. Duplicate solutions or
    solutions plagiarized from the back of the book get no credit.

   Quizzes: Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. There will be approximately
    three per six weeks. If you have turned in all your homework in a timely
    fashion, you will have the opportunity to drop your lowest quiz grade.

   Organization grade: keeping up with important documents (your apartment lease,
    tax return info, warranties, and bills you must pay) is an important skill. To help
    you practice this skill, you are required to turn in all the homework for the entire
    unit, including the review assignment, on exam day. The assignments should be in
    order and stapled together. If you have completed or corrected an assignment,
    please make a note at the top of the page and I will increase your grade.

   Exams: Because of class time constraints, you will only have two exams per six
    weeks. Each will count 25% of your six weeks grade. If you would like to
    improve your exam grade, you may take a retest before or after school within
    10 calendar days of the exam. See me to schedule a retest. Students who are
    retesting are highly recommended to attend a tutoring session to go over the
    material on the failed test. You may only retest if you’ve finished all the homework
    for the unit.

       Participation (formative assessments)               10%
       Homework                                            15%
       Quizzes. & Organization Grades                      25%
       Exams                                               50%
Behavior Expectations
This is a college class, so I will treat you as adults to the best of my ability. Obviously, I
expect you to come to class prepared and ready to work. However, since this class is
conducted on a high school campus, I expect you to follow all campus and district rules,
including the tardy policy and the dress code.

Active collaboration is permitted on homework, but copying is not. Active collaboration
means that two or more students are discussing and helping each other understand the
concepts covered in the homework problems. Your written work should not be
identical. If you have any questions about what is appropriate behavior, please ask me.
In the past, students who have cheated on homework have generally not passed the

No collaboration of any kind is permitted on quizzes or
Cell phones and electronic equipment such as iPods must be turned off
and put away during the school day. Cell phones may be taken up on
exam days.

                              Week by Week Topic Outline
First Six Weeks                                    Fourth Six Weeks
1.   Graphing data                                 1.   Central Limit Theorem introduction
2.   Measures of center and spread                 2.   Use of the Central Limit Theorem
3.   Normal distributions and z scores             3.   Confidence intervals for means
4.   Linear regression                             4.   Introduction to significance tests and types
5.   Residuals                                          of errors
6.   Categorical data                              5.   Inference for single proportions
                                                   6.   Comparing two proportions
Second Six Weeks
1.   TREK                                          Fifth Six Weeks
2.   Designing a study                             1.   t-tests for one sample
3.   Sampling distributions                        2.   TAG-IT
4.   Probability Rules                             3.   t-tests for two samples
5.   Review of Probability                         4.   Chi-squared tests
6.   Combining random variables                    5.   Assumptions necessary to do significance
Third Six Weeks                                    6.   Test for the slope of a regression line
1.   Binomial simulations
2.   Geometric simulations                         Sixth Six Weeks
3.   The binomial distribution                     1.   Review for AP Exam
4.   Using the calculator for normal and           2.   TAKS
     binomial distributions                        3.   AP Statistics Exam
5.   Review                                        4.   Other AP exams
6.   Final exams                                   5.   Work on project
                                                   6.   Final exams
                     Parents: Please keep this page
                   AP Statistics      Rebecca Jensen
        I am glad to have your daughter or son in my AP Statistics class. This is a
great class because it teaches a skill that everyone needs in our data-driven society:
how to evaluate evidence to make decisions about what car to buy or what medicine to
take. Statistics is a required college course for students studying business, social
sciences such as psychology, education, medicine, mathematics, and many more.
Writing is also heavily emphasized in AP Statistics. What good is a statistical analysis
if others can’t read it, understand it, and take actions based on the findings?

         I realize that this is the first college-level math class that most of my students
will take. While I promise to cover all of the material on the AP exam in a rigorous
fashion, I am also aware that some students need guidance in approaching material of
this level. Please advise your daughter or son to come to me with questions early. The
concepts from the first semester are crucial for later topics! Your student will have
statistics homework every day unless we have just taken a major exam. Please
encourage them to keep up with these assignments.

       The AP Statistics exam is on May 10.                   I expect every student to
take and pass it, with your support and my help. In addition to my own review for
TAG students, there will be district-wide Saturday review sessions in preparation for
the exam.

How to get information about Statistics:
   Check out my website: Go to the TAG Main page (tagmagnet.org) and click on
      “Faculty Pages.” Under “Calendars” you may access due dates for homework,
      quizzes, and major examinations.

      Ask your daughter or son if you can see the calendars I send home for each unit.

      Email me at home if you have questions (jensenrm@swbell.net) or call
       (214) 942-2989.

    Please visit during parent conference nights: October
     15 and February 4.
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