Instructor: Mike Hanson Room: P24
Voicemail: ext. 26356
(Homework assignments and other class info. will be logged daily on the webpage.)
•Graphing Calculator – TI-83 or 84 models recommended. I have no expertise with other brands.
•3 x 5 index cards
•3 ring binder (dividers are helpful)
• We will need inexpensive items for use in labs (Tic Tacs, M&Ms, etc.). The class will be notified as these are needed
throughout the year.
Grades: Assignments, quizzes and examinations as determined by the teacher. Homework will be assigned daily. At the
end of the semester a cumulative exam will be given. A letter grade for each grading period will be assigned based upon
the following scale: A: 90% and up, B: 80%-89%, C: 70%-79%, D: 60%-69%, F: below 60%.
Tests will be administered at the end of each chapter. Tests missed due to absences should be made up as soon as
possible, but definitely within five days of the absence. Make-up tests may be taken by appointment before school. Tests
may not be made up during regular school hours. A missed test will be counted as a zero after the fifth day if it has not
been made up. Tests missed due to truancy may not be made up and will count as a zero.
Quizzes may be given as often as every day. Missed quizzes must be made up within 2 days before school. As with tests,
quizzes may not be made up during regular school hours and quizzes missed due to truancy may not be made up at all and
will count as a zero.
Homework will be checked and reviewed daily whenever possible. Students should check the answers to any odd
numbered problems assigned as they go to ensure that accurate work is being done. Homework credit is given largely
based upon demonstrated effort. I interpret the following to be signs of good effort on homework assignments: every
assigned problem has at least been attempted, the answers to odd numbered problems have been checked and the problem
reworked when necessary, all work has been shown and the work is legible and organized. In class assignments will be
graded according to whatever criteria is defined when the assignment is given. I consider the following to be aspects of
class participation: attending class regularly and arriving on time, bringing all required materials to class daily,
participating in class discussions and example problems, taking notes, providing assistance to fellow students (when
appropriate), behaving respectfully and decently towards everyone. Missed assignments must be made up within 2 days.
It is the students responsibility to find out about missed assignments and to turn them in on time. Assignments missed due
to truancy will be recorded as zeros (they may not be made up).
The AP Exam: The exam is three hours long and covers a one-semester introductory non-calculus based college course in
statistics. In Section I of the exam, students are given 90 minutes to answer 40 multiple choice questions on a wide variety
of topics. In Section II they must answer several free response questions; each exam contains four to seven open-ended
questions designed to be answered in about 10 minutes each, and a longer investigative task for which 30 minutes is
allotted. The following major topics are covered: exploring data; planning a study (deciding what and how to measure);
anticipating patterns (using probability and simulation); and statistical inference (confirming models.)
Classroom Disciplinary Issues
Behavior that disturbs the learning environment will not be tolerated. I don't expect that to be a problem in this class, but in the
event that inappropriate behavior does occur the following actions will be taken:
Verbal warning and possible parental notification
Verbal warning, possible seat change and/or parental notification
Referral to Dean
Note: Depending upon the severity of the offense, steps are not necessarily taken in that order!
•The following items are prohibited in class and may be confiscated: food, gum, candy, drinks (bottled water with a cap is
excepted), hats. A confiscated item may be turned into the dean's office with a referral and/or kept until a parent can come
retrieve it. Food and drink may be thrown away. Electronic entertainment devices (iPods, Gameboys, etc.) of any kind are not
allowed at school and should therefore never be seen in my class room. The same applies to cell phones. If these items are
seen in class (or a hat is worn) they will be taken and turned in to the dean’s office.
Note: The prohibition of video game consoles applies to graphing calculators too. If a student is found playing a game on a
calculator during class, I will take the calculator and erase all of the games.
Dress Code Enforcement will occur in this class. Students who I suspect might be violating the dress code will be sent to the
appropriate dean. At the very least, this will result in valuable class time being missed – so don’t do it! (Refer to the Student
Conduct Code for dress code specifics.)
Course Content: The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for
collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:
1. Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns
2. Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study
3. Anticipating Patters: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation
4. Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses
GOING ON A FIELD TRIP OR HAVE A PRE-EXCUSED ABSENCE?
Enjoy your trip! Please remember that to be out of class excused, you are required to keep up with the regularly scheduled
class. Your responsibilities include the following:
1. Homework from the previous class must be given to a fellow student or me for checking while you are away from
school. Failure to do this before you leave may result in a zero for that day’s work.
2. While you are on your trip, we will be working in class. You must get the work from a fellow student or from me
before you leave on your trip. The assignments given while you are gone are to be completed as if you were in class. In
other words, when you return to school on the day following the trip, you will be current with the class. Your homework
is due and you should be ready to take any scheduled quiz or test with the class.
3. If you will be missing a scheduled quiz or test on the day out of class, arrangements for make-up must be made before
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to AP Statistics. I am really looking forward to working with you this year.
AP Statistics is a rigorous, college level class. It will require homework every night and lots of reading! This class
will help prepare the students for success in college. I will be available Tuesday and Thursday mornings for extra
help (with a few exceptions).
In order to keep in touch with you, I would appreciate your phone number and email address. My email address is
firstname.lastname@example.org and you can email me at any time.
Please fill out this form and return it to me as soon as possible.
Looking forward to a successful school year in AP Statistics,
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