Teacher: Carole Matheny Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Schedule: Tuesday September 4th, 2012 to Friday, May 10th, 2013 (AP Statistics exam date)
Registration: If you are interested in taking this course, please return the registration form to me, at: email@example.com Click HERE to download the registration form as an MS Word document. If you are unable to open MS Word documents or if you have trouble with the form, please e-mail me. Thank you!
Who Should Apply?
This class is open to all homeschooled students in 9th - 12th grades and who have successfully completed Algebra 2. Academic performance should be average or above while a passion for math is not required. Assuming you have met the Algebra 2 requirement and the class is not full, you will be accepted into the class.
AP Statistics is not your typical math class and often you will need to think critically and intuitively to address the statistical issues presented to you. While this class is neither reading nor writing intensive you will be required to do some of both. Past students report they spend 1 to 2 hours per day on AP Statistics.
Why should you take statistics?
Statistics is the most widely applicable branch of mathematics and is used by more people than any other kind of math. AP Statistics is a great option for students headed to a math- or science-related major, and who are looking for another math course before graduation.
For students not headed into a math- or science-related major, statistics is a useful and practical topic in today's society and some argue that these students are better served by taking statistics than calculus. The course does not depend heavily on advanced mathematical computation but rather you are asked to use your critical thinking skills to explain concepts and interpret results. To cement these concepts and assist you with interpreting results hands-on investigations are used throughout the course. Technology, such as the graphing calculator and statistical software, is used to lower the drudgery of computation.
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Class Meeting Time: Students do not "meet" at a scheduled
time, but work asynchronously to do their studying within their own
schedule. The Daily Message is posted
prior to midnight EST for the following school day permitting students in the
AP Statistics is a college level introductory course in statistics in which students will learn to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data. These broad conceptual themes are:
3. Experimental Design
4. Statistical Inference
Our class day begins with a Daily Message posting which expounds on the day’s statistical concepts. On a daily basis we read a few pages from our text and apply these new concepts to problems. Students are able to daily test their knowledge through multiple choice questions. Throughout the course we have hands-on data collection assignments where we learn to apply what we are learning to real data. These assignments never require the student to survey neighbors or strangers and can be done from within the home. At the end of every chapter the student has a multiple choice exam and a Free-Response component that develops their ability to “pull all the pieces together.”
Students are encouraged to ask questions of their peers and of me on our communication board. The students utilize the online discussion boards to interact with classmates, to post any questions they have from the reading material and homework assignments, to answer classmates questions and most importantly to discuss the interpretation of our results. The class operates asynchronously and I am available for live chats on an as-needed basis.
Assessment: Student assessment will consist of a combination of class participation, homework, hands-on activities, multiple choice and free response exams. The exams are graded using a scoring guideline in the same manner as the AP exam is scored. My experience with designing scoring rubrics and assessing student responses will help me ensure that the students taking this course are well-prepared for a good score on the AP® Statistics exam next spring!
The Practice of Statistics, Daren
2. Fathom, Dynamic Data Software, Key Curriculum Press (Ordering information will be coming in August. Anticipated price is ~$30)
3. 2007 & 2002 AP Stat College Board Released exam. (These books are purchased in bulk by Mrs. Matheny and then repurchased by the students in March 2013, $10)
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