Mr. Meinzen - AP Statistics

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." Winston Churchill

1st Quarter

Day

Date

Section & Lecture Notes

Assignment

   

1st Quarter Workload: 40 classroom hours, approximately 18 homework hours to complete 135 exercises over Chapters 1,3,4, & 5.

 

Note: Reading of the appropriate section of the Textbook is REQUIRED in this course.

Advice from Previous Year's AP Stats students

  • Content Awareness

    1. Learn “point estimate”
    2. Inference = either “Confidence Intervals” or “Hypothesis Test”
    3. Ch 6 - Tree Diagrams (how to draw them)
    4. Differences between textbook tests/quizzes and AP questions...include a FRAPPY on each chapter test.
    5. Include AP MC + FR questions as homework...or in-class AP questions throughout year not just 4th quarter with cross-scoring.
  • Pedagogical Improvements

    1. 4th quarter project should be earlier an minimize overlap with AP Exam prep (mock exam schedule)
    2. Ch 5 - Each student create and conduct an Experiment
    3. Create a cheat sheet before each test
    4. Extended Pre-test problem & debrief in Ch10 & Ch14
    5. Videos in class
    6. Assign & space out lectures/classwork more evenly
  • Pedagogical "Keeps"

    1. 1/2 lecture + 1/2 classwork (to answer questions)
    2. Grading style/ is good in long-term but short-term it annoying/frustrating [quizzes being extremely “picky” on each point]
    3. Scoring each other student’s mock exam questions using rubric.

 

Two online video series may help students who desire additional resources. However, they are not sequenced with EHS's course except as linked in specific Sections

  1. Against All Odds
  2. Khan Academy: Statistics

 

Course Handout & Policy

 

Intro to Course - DANG!

 

Note: Complete even and odd Exercise problems listed unless specified otherwise.  [i.e. "odd only"]

 

Overview

  1. Image of the "beginning" of AP Stats
  2. Image of the "end" of AP Stats
  3. A four-page descriptive summary of the full year of AP Stats -- including most common mistakes

1

Week 1

Tue, 14Aug

Chapter 1 Workload: approximately 3 hours to complete 29 Exercises

 

1.1 Course Intro/Section 1.1 Definitions

Chapter 1 - Terminology

Calculator Notes from Ch2 of Intro to Stats Text

Each assignment to be turned in must include:

  1. Your Full Name
  2. Assignment Title (as listed in this column)
  3. Date, Course Name. and Hour

 

2

 

1.1 Histograms, relative cumulative frequency, timeplots

Read xii - 34;

1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.9, 1.11, 1.15, 1.17, 1.27, 1.29

3

 

1.1/1.2 Quartiles and boxplots, Measuring spread, Z-scores

Online Video: Against All Odds#6: Standard Deviation

Read 37-41;

1.33, 1.35

4

 

1.2 Changing units (linear transformations), Comparing Distributions

Read 42-52;

1.36, 1.39, 1.41, 1.43

Handout Lab 1: Fathom Introduction

5

Week 2

Mon, 20Aug

 

1.2

Read 53 - 61;

1.47, 1.51, 1.55*, 1.57, 1.58 [* may be wrong/incomplete answer in textbook]

6

 

1.1-1.2

Read 64-66

1.59 - 1.73 odd only

Due Lab 1: Fathom Introduction

7

   

Quiz Day 1.1-1.2

HW Quiz

8

 

Chapter 3 Workload: approximately 4 hours to complete 26 Exercises

Scoring in AP Statistics...communication!

Study for Test

Handout: Lab 2 : Fathom over Chapter 1

9

 

 

Chapter 3 - Terminology

Calculator Notes from Ch3 of Intro to Stats Text

Test 1.1-1.2

Read Chapter 3 Review, pp 181-183

 

10

Week 3

Mon, 27Aug

3.1 Scatterplots (Quarter Project Assigned)

3.1, 3.3, 3.7, 3.11, 3.13, 3.15, 3.17, 3.19, 3.23

Handout: Quarter 1 Project

11

 

3.2 Correlation

3.25, 3.27, 3.29, 3.33, 3.35, 3.37

12

 

3.3 Least squares regression

3.38*, 3.41, 3.43, 3.45, 3.47, 3.53, 3.55, 3.61 [* use table 3.1 page 127]

13

 

3.3 Least squares regression facts; r-squared

Due Lab 2 : Fathom over Chapter 1

Handout Lab 3 : Fathom over Chapter 3

14

 

3.3 Residuals, outliers, influential observations

3.65, 3.75, 3.77

 

   

Labor Day

 

15

Week 4

Tue, 4Sep

 

 

Quiz 3.1-3.3

HW Quiz

Study for Test & Work on Project

16

 

Chapter 4 Workload: approximately 6 hours to complete 38 Exercises

Test 3.1-3.3

17

 

Chapter 4 - Terminology

Calculator Notes from Ch 4 of Intro to Stats Text

Due Lab 3 : Fathom over Chapter 3

 

Handout Lab 4 : Fathom over Chapter 4

Read Chapter 4 Review, pp 256-257

18

 

 

4.1 Transforming relationships & ladder of powers

4.1* , 4.2, 4.3, 4.5** [* 4.1b may be incorrect answer in textbook; ** challenging!]

19

Week 5

Mon, 10Sep

4.1 Exponential growth; logarithm transformations

4.7, 4.9, 4.11

20

 

4.1 Power models; log-log transformations

4.13, 4.15, 4.17, 4.19, 4.21*, 4.23, 4.25

[* 4.21c answer should be...y-hat = -0.594 + 0.0851x]

21

 

4.2 Cautions about correlation & regression

4.27 - 4.49 odd only

22

 

4.2 Causation, confounding, and common response

Due: Quarter 1 Project Data

Due Lab 4 : Fathom over Chapter 4

23

 

 

Quiz 4.1-4.2

4.59, 4.61, 4.62-4.66, 4.71

24

Week 6

Mon, 17Sep

4.3 Relations in categorical data: marginal & conditional distributions

 

25

 

 

4.73 - 4.79 odd only

HW Quiz

26

 

Chapter 5 Workload: approximately 4.25 hours to complete 42 Exercises

Test 4.1-4.3

27

 

Chapter 5 - Terminology

Calculator Notes from Ch 4 of Intro Stats Text

Online Video: Against All Odds#15: Surveys & Experiments

Quarter 1 Project - work day

Read Chapter 5 Review, pp 318-319

28

 

 

5.1 Designing samples

Read Article : Franklin's Forgotten Triumph

5.1 - 5.8

29

Week 7

Mon, 24Sep

5.1 Simple random samples & other sampling methods

5.9 - 5.17 odd only

30

 

5.1 Designing surveys: cautions

5.19*, 5.23, 5.25, 5.27, 5.29 [* may be wrong answer in textbook]

31

 

5.2 Experiments - terminology

5.31-5.36

Quarter Project Due in 1 Week !!!

32

 

5.2 Randomized comparative experiments; experimental design

5.37, 5.39, 5.41

33

 

 

5.2 More complex designs: blocking & matched pairs

5.45-5.57 odd only

Review for Quiz

In-class practice: Free-Response Question from 2006

34

Week 8

Mon, 1Oct

 

Quiz 5.1-5.2

Finish Quarter 1 Project

35

 

5.3 Simulation

5.59, 5.69, 5.71, 5.73

36

 

5.3

DUE: QUARTER 1 PROJECT

5.75-5.87 odd only [5.85 & 5.87 are bonus simulations]

37

 

Chapter 6 Workload: approximately 3 hours to complete 44 Exercises

Test 5.1-5.3

Read Chapter 6 Review, pp 382-383

 

 

 

Teacher Institute

 

 

 

 

Columbus Day

 

 

38

Week 9

Tue, 9Oct

Chapter 6 - Terminology

Calculator Notes from Ch5 of Intro to Stats Text

6.1 The Idea of Probability

HW Quiz / Quiz 5.1-5.2 (retake)

6.1-6.10 [use Math->randBin(n,p,t) for 6.10]

 

39

 

Online Video: Against all Odds#18: Intro to Probability

Online Video: Using Statistics to Lie to Congress????

 

40

 

6.2 Probability Models

6.11-6.25 odd, & 6.27-6.30, 6.33

41

 

End-of-1st Quarter

Student half day

 

2nd Quarter

Day

Date

Section

Assignment

1

Week 10

Mn, 15Oct

 

2nd Quarter Workload: 44 classroom hours, approximately 10 homework hours to complete 133 exercises over Chapters 6,7,8,2 and review.

 

Chapter 6 - Terminology

6.2 Probability Models

Overview

  1. Image of the "beginning" of AP Stats
  2. Image of the "end" of AP Stats
  3. A four-page descriptive summary of the full year of AP Stats -- including most common mistakes

2

 

6.2 Independence and the multiplication rule

6.35-6.45 odd only,

6.46, 6.47, 6.51, 6.53

3

 

6.3 General addition rule/Venn diagrams

6.55, 6.58, 6.59, 6.63*, 6.64,6.65, 6.67, 6.69, 6.73, 6.75

[* need to know: P(A U B) + P(Ac ∩ Bc) = 1]

4

 

6.3 Conditional probability & Bayes' Theorem

10-min video on Conditional Probability Tree Diagrams on Kahn Academy

workday

5

 

10-min video on Bayes' Theorem

Quiz 6.1-6.2 [10min max]

6.81-6.87 odd only

Handout: Practice Quiz 6.1-6.2 [not graded]

6

Week 11

Mon, 22Oct

 

Chapter 7 Workload: approximately 1 hour to complete 13 Exercises

HW Quiz

Quiz 6.2-6.3

Test Review

7

 

Chapter 7 - Terminology

Calculator Notes from Ch6 of Intro to Stats Text

Test 6.1-6.3

Read Chapter 7 Summaries

 

8

 

7.1-7.2 Discrete Random Variables, Mean & Variance

7.1, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.23, 7.25

9

 

7.2 Law of large numbers, rules for means, variances, independence

7.34, 7.35, 7.43, 7.45, 7.46, 7.47, 7.51*

* answer in back of some textbooks is incorrect for last part...it should be σ = 4.584%

10

 

Chapter 8 Workload: approximately 3 hours to complete 32 Exercises

Chapter 8 - Terminology

Calculator Notes from Ch7 of Intro to Stats Text

8.1 Probability, mean & standard deviation

8.1-8.13 odd only, 8.17

HANDOUT: Quarter 2 Project

Help on identifying Categorical vs Quantitative data:

1. Lumen Learning

2. Youtube Video

11

Week 12

Mon, 29Oct

 

8.1 Binomial Simulations

8.21-8.29 odd only, 8.33, 8.35, 8.37, 8.39

12

 

8.2 Geometric setting and geometric probability

workday

13

 

7.1-8.2 Properties of geometric r.v. & simulations

8.47-8.51*, 8.58-8.63

*8.51d) answer should be 1.625

14

 

8.1-8.2

Activity Write-up

15

 

8.1

Quiz 7.1 & 8.1 [discrete only]

8.41-8.45 odd only

16

Week 13

Mon, 5Nov

 

 

workday

17

 

7.1-8.2

Test Review Problems

18

 

 

HW Quiz

DUE: PROJECT 2 PLAN & DATA

19

 

Chapter 2 Workload: approximately 1.7 hours to complete 31 Exercises

Chapter 2 - Terminology

Test on Discrete Random Variables

 

 

2.1 Density curves, mean and median

2.1-2.9, 2.11, 2.13, 2.15, 2.16

 

Week 14

Mon, 12Nov

 

Veteran's Day (observed)

no school

20

 

2.1-2.2 Normal distributions & 68-95-99.7 rule

2.19-2.25

21

 

2.2 Standardizing and the standard normal curve

2.26, 2.27, 2.41-2.45

22

 

2.2 nonStandard normal curves

2.51-2.54

23

 

2.2 Assessing normality

Handout : Fathom Lab 5 : Is It Normal?

24

Week 15

Mon, 19Nov

 

2.1-2.2 Normal distributions & calculations on TI-83/84/89

Quiz 2.1-2.2

Due Lab 5 : Fathom : IsItNormal

Parent - Teacher Conferences

 

 

 

Parent - Teacher Conferences

 

 

 

Parent - Teacher Conferences

25

Week 16

Mon, 26Nov

 

Review Workload: approximately 1 hour to complete 13 Exercises

7.1 Discrete Random Variables, Mean & Variance

 

7.6, 7.7, 7.17-7.20

26

 

7.2 Continuous Random Variables

7.36-7.39

27

 

8.1 Means, variables of continuous random variables

8.19, 8.20, 8.32

 

28

 

 

DUE: QUARTER 2 PROJECT

29

 

2.1-8.1 Means, variables of continuous random variables

Quiz 2.1-8.1 [Continuous RVs]

30

Week 17

Mon, 3Dec

 

2.1-8.1

HW Quiz

31

 

 

Test 2.1-8.1 [Continuous Random Variables]

32

 

1.1-8.2

Semester Exam Review Chapters 1,3,4,5

33

 

 

Project Presentations

34

 

   

35

Week 18

Mon, 10Dec

 

 

Probability Practice & Review worksheets

36

 

 

AP Statistics Exams - Free Response Questions & Answers

37

 

 

--Review 2003 (Form B) FRQ #1 Parts (a) & (b)

--Review 2003 FRQ #1 Parts (a) & (b)

38

 

 

--Review 2004 FRQ #1

--Review 2004 (Form B) FRQ #2

39

 

 

--Review 2006 (Form B) FRQ #1 Parts (a) - (d)

--Review 2012 FRQ #1 Parts (a) - (c)

40

Week 19

Mon, 17Dec

 

1.1-8.2

Semester Exam Day 1

41

 

1.1-8.2

Semester Exam Day 2

42

 

1.1-8.2

Semester Exam Day 3

End of 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester

 

3rd Quarter

Day

Date

Section

Assignment

1

Week 1

 

3rd Quarter Workload: 45 classroom hours, approximately 19.25 homework hours to complete 133 exercises over Chapters 9,10,12,and 11.

 

Chapter 9 Workload: approximately 2.25 hours to complete 31 Exercises

 

Chapter 9 - Terminology

9.1 Parameter vs. statistic: heading toward inference

Online Video: Khan Academy: Central Limit Theorem

Overview

  1. Image of the "beginning" of AP Stats
  2. Image of the "end" of AP Stats
  3. A four-page descriptive summary of the full year of AP Stats -- including most common mistakes

9.1-9.6

2

 

9.1 Sampling distributions: sampling variability & bias

9.9, 9.10, 9.11, 9.13, 9.15, 9.17

3

 

9.2 Sampling distribution of sample proportion

9.19, 9.23, 9.25, 9.26, 9.27, 9.29*, 9.30

[* may have wrong answer in some textbooks]

4

 

9.2

workday / simulation of sampling distributions for sample means and proportions

5

Week 2

 

9.3 Sampling distribution of sample mean; the Central Limit Theorem

9.31-9.41 odd

6

 

9.3

workday

7

 

9.1-9.3

Quiz 9.1-9.3

8

 

9.1-9.3

Test Review

9.47-9.50 all, 9.51, 9.53

9

 

9.1-9.3

HW Quiz

Lab 6: Fathom Lab : Sample Proportion Simulation

 

Week 3

 

 

Martin Luther King Day

10

 

Chapter 10 Workload: approximately 5 hours to complete 48 Exercises

Chapter 10 - Terminology

Chapter 10-14 Plan for Inference

Test 9.1-9.3

11

 

10.1 Estimating with confidence: connecting to the sampling distribution

10.1, 10.3, 10.4

12

 

10.1 Confidence interval for population mean

10.5-10.8 all (see Technology toolbox pg 558)

Due: Lab 6 : Sample Proportion Simulation

13

 

10.1 How confidence intervals behave; choosing sample size; cautions

10.9, 10.11, 10.13, 10.14, 10.16, 10.17

14

Week 4

 

10.2 Logic of significance tests; stating hypotheses

10.27, 10.29 -10.32

15

 

10.2 P-values and statistical significance

10.33, 10.35, 10.37, 10.39, 10.40, 10.41, 10.43

16

 

10.2 Fixed significance level tests and confidence intervals

10.19, 10.21, 10.22, 10.23, 10.25, 10.51, 10.52, 10.53, 10.56

17

 

10.1-10.2

Quiz 10.1-10.2

18

 

10.3 About statistical significance

10.57-10.65 odd

19

Week 5

 

10.4 Concepts of Type I, Type II error & power

10.67-10.77 odd

20

 

10.3-10.4

10.86, 10.87, 10.88

21

 

10.3-10.4

workday

22

 

10.3-10.4

Quiz 10.3-10.4

23

 

10.1-10.4

Test Review

24

Week 6

 

10.1-10.4

HW Quiz

25

 

Chapter 12 : Inference for Proportions

Workload : approximately 3.5 hours (+3) to complete 26 Exercises

Chapter 12 - Terminology

Test 10.1-10.4

26

 

12.1 Inference conditions for proportions

12.1-12.5, 12.7, 12.9

 

27

 

12.1 Confidence intervals and significance tests for proportions

12.11, 12.13. 12.17, 12.18, 12.19, 12.21*

[* use p=0.33 rather than p=1/3]

28

 

12.1 Determining sample size

workday

29

Week 7

 

12.2 Confidence intervals about difference in proportions

12.23-12.29 (odd)

30

 

12.2 Significance tests: difference in proportions

12.30-12.33

31

 

12.1-12.2

12.35, 12.37, 12.39*, 12.41**, 12.43

[* answer in some textbooks may be wrong]

[** may require a "t" distribution from Ch11...talk to Mr M]

32

 

12.1-12.2

Quiz 12.1-12.2

     

Teacher Institute Day

 

Week 8

 

 

Presidents Day

33

 

12.1-12.2

Test Review

34

 

12.1-12.2

HW Quiz

35

 

Chapter 11 : Inference for Means

Workload: approximately 8.5 hours to complete 32 Exercises

Chapter 11 - Terminology

Test 12.1-12.2

36

 

11.1 What to do when SIGMA is unknown - t

11.1-11.6

Lab 8: Fathom Lab : Darwin

37

Week 9

 

11.1 Confidence intervals and significance tests with t

11.7-11.11

38

 

11.1 Matched pairs - a special case of one-sample t

11.13, 11.15

39

 

11.1 Robustness of t procedures

11.17, 11.19, 11.21, 11.22, 11.31

40

 

11.2 Matched pairs vs. two independent samples

11.37, 11.38

DUE:Lab 8: Fathom Lab : Darwin

41

 

11.2 Comparing two population means

11.39-11.43 (odd)

42

Week 10

 

11.2 Comparing two population means

workday

43

 

11.2 More accurate degrees of freedom from technology

Quiz 11.1-11.2

11.63-11.73 (odd)

44

 

11.1-11.2

11.47, 11.49

 

45

 

11.1-11.2

HW Quiz

46

 

11.1-11.2

Test 11.1-11.2

 

4th Quarter

Day

Date

Section

Assignment

MOCK Exams should be scheduled during IL State Testing (SAT)

1

Week 10

 

4th Quarter Workload: 21 classroom hours and approximately 5 homework hours to complete 28 exercises over Chapters 13 & 14. AP Exam Preparation is 22 classroom hours.

 

Chapter 13 : Inference for Tables (Categorical Data)

Workload: approximately 1.75 hours to complete 14 Exercises

 

Chapter 13 - Terminology

13.1 Chi-square goodness of fit tests

 

BRING AN 1.69-OUNCE BAG OF M&M's TO CLASS TOMORROW

 

Online Video: Against all Odds#29 :Chi-Squared and the search for curing diseases

Overview

  1. Image of the "beginning" of AP Stats
  2. Image of the "end" of AP Stats
  3. A four-page descriptive summary of the full year of AP Stats -- including most common mistakes
  4. Humor: Understanding Chi-Squared

ACTIVITY Chapter 13: BRING AN 1.69-OUNCE BAG OF M&M's TO CLASS TOMORROW

 

13.10

2

 

13.1 M & M Goodness of fit

Class Activity Chapter 13: M&M color proportions

13.1-13.13 odd

13.5 will need the M&M data from class

3

 

13.1 Chi-square goodness of fit tests

Workday

4

 

13.2 Chi-square test for homogeneity

13.15, 13.17

5

 

13.2 Chi-square test for association/independ.

13.19, 13.21, 13.29, 13.30

6

Week 11

 

13.2 Chi-square test for association/independ.

workday

7

 

13.1-13.2

ASA's Statistical Project Competition...examples of 4th Quarter Project Submissions

Quiz 13.1-13.2

Handout : 4th Quarter Project

 

8

 

13.1-13.2

HW Quiz or Workday

9

 

13.1-13.2

Test 13.1-13.2

10

 

Chapter 14 : Inference for Regression Lines

Workload: approximately 3.25 hours to complete 14 Exercises

Chapter 14 - Terminology

BRING TAPE MEASURE (or yardstick) TO CLASS NEXT WEEK

 

 

ACTIVITY Chapter 14: BRING TAPE MEASURE (or yardstick) TO CLASS NEXT WEEK

 

Mar

 

Spring Break

11

Week 12

 

14.1 The idea of the regression model; computer output

14.1 - 14.11 (odd)

12

 

 

workday on 4th Quarter Projects

13

 

 

workday on 4th Quarter Projects

DUE: 4th Quarter Project : 1 page Proposals

14

 

14.2 Regression line - predictions

14.13 - 14.27 (odd)

14.23 part (c) do NOT do CI for mean corn yield...not on Calculator

15

 

14.2 Regression line - conditions

workday on 4th Quarter Projects

 

16

Week 13

 

14.2 Regression Line

Class Activity Chapter 14: Arm length versus Height : estimating LSRL

17

 

 

workday

18

 

14.1-14.2

Quiz 14.1-14.2

(return of 1-page proposals to students)

19

 

14.1-14.2

HW Quiz [if needed]

Test Review

20

 

14.1-14.2

workday on 4th Quarter Projects

21

Week 14

 

 

Test 14.1-14.2

22

 

AP & Sem Exam Preparation/Project Day

Practice: Multiple Choice Questions #1-19 from prior AP Exam

23

 

AP & Sem Exam Preparation/Project Day

Practice: Multiple Choice Questions #20-40 from prior AP Exam

24

 

AP & Sem Exam Preparation/Project Day

Practice: Free Response Questions 1-5 from prior AP Exam

25

 

AP & Sem Exam Preparation/Project Day

Practice: Free Response Test Question 6 & Scoring from prior AP Exam

26

Week 15

 

AP & Sem Exam Preparation/Project Day

Sample Scoring of Sample Student Responses [scroll down page]

27

 

AP & Sem Exam Preparation/Project Day

 

28

 

AP & Sem Exam Preparation

Mock AP Exam [in-school field trip]

10:45AM - 2:00PM in JDWF [eat "A" lunch]

29

 

AP & Sem Exam Preparation/Project Day

DUE: 4th Quarter Project :1-2 page Data & Analysis Design for Team

30

 

AP & Sem Exam Preparation/Project Day

FR #6 from 2014 Released Practice Exam

31

Week 16

 

AP & Sem Exam Preparation/Project Day

Cross-scoring of Mock Exam Free Response

32

 

AP & Sem Exam Preparation/Project Day

Cross-scoring of Mock Exam Free Response

33

 

AP & Sem Exam Preparation/Project Day

Practice: 18 Sample Multiple Choice Questions & Solutions

34

 

AP & Sem Exam Preparation/Project Day

FR #6 from 2015 Released Practice Exam [page 74, solution page 102]

35

Fri, May 4

Yearbook Signing Day

 

36

Week 17

 

Due : May : 4th Quarter Project : Presentations (Team)

 

 

37

 

Team Presentations (continued)

 

38

 

Due : May : 4th Quarter Project : Individual Written Report

 

39

 

 

FR #6 from 2016 Released Practice Exam [page 76, solution page 104]

40

 

Due : May : 18 Sample MC Questions [homework score]

FR #6 from 2017 Released Practice Exam [page 77, solution page 104]

 

 

41-45

Week 18

 

 

Wed,

(senior last day)

Semester Final Exam for Seniors

2019 AP Exams (Week 1):

  • Fri, 10May : PM: AP Computer Science Principles Exam

2019 AP Exams (Week 2):

  • Tue, 14May : AM: AP Calculus Exams (AB and BC)

    Thu, 16May : PM: AP Statistics Exam

    Fri, 17May : PM: AP Computer Science A Exam

46-48

Week 19

 

 

 

(non-senior last day)

 

Semester Final Exams for non-Seniors

 

2020 AP Exams (Week 1):

  • May : PM: AP Computer Science Principles Exam

2020 AP Exams (Week 2):

  • May : AM: AP Calculus Exams (AB and BC)

    May : PM: AP Statistics Exam

    May : PM: AP Computer Science A Exam

 

 

 

 

Classroom Policy

Text & Resource Requirements

  • The Practice of Statistics: TI-83/89 Graphing Calculator Enhanced, 2nd ed.

    ISBN 0-7167-4773-1

    David S. Moore from Purdue University, Daren S. Starnes from the Webb Schools, Dan Yates

    W. H. Freeman, 2003

  • Graphing calculator such as a TI-83 or TI-84 (any version).

  • Fathom 2.13 software for statistics will be used in the classroom/computer lab. Fathom is NOT required for home use but may be helpful. http://fathom.concord.org/

  • Notebook(s) to record definitions, theorems, examples, and general notes. (including pencils, 4x6 note cards)

  • Notebook(s) for all written homework -

    1. copy original problem,

    2. copy correct solution often from back of textbook, and

    3. include steps that connect the problem witht he solution (with explanation/justification as appropriate).

  • Optional for Students

    • Prep for the AP Exam Supplement, Larry Peterson, 0-7167-9615-5

  • Optional For Instructors

    • Golden Resource Binder, 0-7167-8345-2,

      Instructor's Solutions Manual, Christopher Barat, Virginia State University, 978-0-7167-8344-2,

      ASSESSMENT: Test Bank CD-ROM (Windows and Mac versions on one disc), 0-7167-8343-6, revised by Darin Starnes, Michael Fligner and William Notz. Printed: 0-7167-8342-8

      PRESENTATION: Instructors Resource CD-ROM, 0-7167-9760-7 This CD-ROM contains all the student CD material plus: be imported to the presentation list from locally saved files and the web.

Grading

  • Semester Scores are calculated using the following table:
Semester Score Component Weight
1st Quarter Score 40%
2nd Quarter Score 40%
Semester Final Exam 20%
  • Quarter Scores will be calculated on a straight point basis. That said, each assessment will fall under one of 3 categories.
Category Weight (approximate)
Daily Work / Project / Labs 30%
Quizzes 20%
Tests 50%
  • Notes:
    • Late assignments will given a score of zero (0)...except for unplanned excused absences which will be scored as specified in the student handbook.
    • Scores will NOT be rounded up.
    • Bonus work or bonus points are NOT part of the course score and will be included ONLY at the discretion of the teacher.
    • Students should not EXPECT bonus points or bonus work...even if it is listed on the syllabus.
    • Scores will be primarily based on individual ability, understanding, and accomplishment.
    • There will be ONE in-school field trip in April to complete an AP "Mock Exam" in preparation for the actual AP Exam as well as the 2nd Semester Final Exam. This field trip is required and the "Mock Exam" will be scored as part of the course grade regardless of the student actually taking the AP Exam or not.
  • Quarter and Semester GRADES will be calculated from corresponding scores based on the following table:
Percentage Scale Grade Letter
100% - 88% A
87.99% - 76% B
75.99% - 64% C
69.99% - 52% D
51.99% - 1% F
0.99% - 0% Incomplete

BYOD Policy :

  • A computer lab is available for students for this course. The computers in the lab run the following software (see Resources tab for details):
    • Microsoft Windows 7 (Pro)
    • Fathom
  • While students may bring in their own computer to complete classroom assignments, there are specific devices that may not be compatible with the software.
    • A general rule of thumb is to see if the device comes with a keyboard and mouse...if not, then usually the device cannot be used in the course. For example: MacBooks will work but iPads will not. Please see your teacher if you have specific questions about your device.
  • Phones and/or uncovered cameras are NOT allowed in the classroom.
    • Students who intentionally or unintentionally compromise the privacy of any other student or compromise academic integrity or validity of a test or quiz by their behavior will receive a zero and, possibly, a referal for further consequences. This includes having a camera (i.e. smartphone/BYOD device) out while ANY assessment is in the classroom.
    • For example, a student who turns in their test and then takes out their smartphone (i.e. camera) to listen to music while other students are still working on their tests will receive a zero on their test. As well, a student taking pictures of teacher's notes on the board will not retain/learn of concepts and may be invading the privacy of other students (white boards are highly reflective). Generally, if the teacher is taking the time to hand-write notes on the board, then students should put in the effort to copy the notes.

Responsibilities & Expectations

Advice from previous year's AP Stats students to future students

  • Answers to: If you could start AP Statistics over again, what advice would you give yourself?

    • Try to argue back every point because EVERY POINT MATTERS!!!

    • Learn how to efficiently finish homework because it adds up quick.

    • Do not underestimate multiple choice questions and prepare extensively for them.

    • In chapter 1 and 3, make sure you know all the different terms for univariate and bivariate data sets. Ch 1 is shape, center, and spread. Ch 3 is shape, trend, strength, and variability. These terms are the foundation for the rest of the semester.

    • The quarter projects are not very hard, but finding data for them is impossible. Make sure you start looking for data at least a week before the data is due. It's literally impossible to do it in one hour on the last day.

    • Work through the quarter projects gradually instead of completing it like any other assignment a day before the due day. They take a long time and are worth lots of points.

    • Be attentive and ask questions during Mr. Meinzen's lectures. He might mention something once and then it will appear on the test later

    • Figure out how to deal with Meinzen. He can be a big obstacle to your success, but can also be a huge boon to you. You just need to figure out how to learn and understand him and his way of grading. HE IS NOT FAIR!

    • "Make an Equation sheet"

    • "Manage your time...you are too busy but staying after school and doing 5 Questions helped"

    • "Get a TI84 graphing calculator!"

  • Answers to: What was your favorite part of the course?

    • "Not Chapter 6"

    • "Working with other students"

    • "The lectures"

    • "2nd Semester"

  • Answers to: What was the hardest/least favorite part of the course?

    • "Mr M."

    • "Lots of writing"

    • "Chapter 6 ... probability"

    • "Multiple Choice on AP Exams!"

  • Student Responsibilities...
    • ...while in class:
      • In Seat & Ready to Go when bell stops (i.e. books, sharpened pencils, paper)
      • Respectful of Teacher and each other (i.e. raise your hand, don’t talk while teacher is talking, no rudeness or bad language, etc.)
      • The two most important ingredients for success in this class are practice and attendance.
      • No eating or drinking in class, 2 bathroom/drinking trips per Semester.
      • Remember that, for every hour spent in class, 2 hours of outside class work (homework/projects) are typical for an AP course (i.e. 5 hours in class per week + 10 hours at home)
    • ...while absent:
      • Read the textbook and look at examples prior to returning.
      • Obtain the assignment from the calendar, webpage, or a peer.
      • Do the assignment or, at a minimum, have the homework problem written out along with answers (from back of book or peer).
      • Obtain notes from a peer or teacher.
      • Arrange to come in before or after school for assistance from the teacher.
      • Grades will be as per school policy (see student handbook):
        • for excused absences, you have the same number of days as you were absent to make up missing assignments/quizzes/tests.
        • for unexecused absences, you will receive 80% or 50% of the earned grade based on the number of unexcused absences.
        • any assignment/quiz/test not made up in the appropriate amount of time will be a zero.
  • Teacher Responsibilities...
    • Demonstrate mastery of mathematical content & educational pedagogy, professional and courteous behavior, and provide a timely & updated syllabus.
    • Maintain a classroom atmosphere that is safe and conducive to the education of ALL students.
    • Maintain discipline by ensuring students are respectful to each other and their teacher. Refer to the student handbook for any questions.
    • If problems occur in the class, the discipline plan, in general, is:
      • Verbal warning (may include "1 minute after class delayed dismissal" or "15 minute after school mini-detention")
      • After school detention & parents/guardians contacted (called or e-mailed)
      • Referral to the administrator
    • Be available before and after school [unless a meeting is scheduled] in the classroom or in the math office (Room A310) for extra help. However, a student often needs to schedule time to meet outside of the normal class period.
    • I can be reached at 656-7100 ext. 20311 or jmeinzen@ecusd7.org
    • As well, I strongly encourage students and parents to contact me as soon as possible if there are any questions or concerns. Most issues can be quickly resolved through timely communication.

Advice

  • Use mechanical pencils (have at least 2) and stay organized.
  • Get two classmates' phone numbers in case you need help.
  • WEBSITE for Assignments is http://www.ecusd7.org/ehs/ehsstaff/jmeinzen but remember that technology is NOT perfect.
  • This class requires a great deal of self-discipline.

Survey Assignment

  • What is your best learning environment (given the classroom we have)?
  • What learning/teaching style do you think is most effective for you?
  • What resources do you use to best understand the concepts? (examples: textbook, teacher, family, after-school tutoring, specific website, etc.)?
  • What do you not want your teacher to do that would make you not want to learn this material?
  • If you could start a realistic classroom tradition, what would it be? (example: every odd-numbered Friday is popcorn-during-lecture day)

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