Math W50
How Do They Know My Opinion?
Interim 2000


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Course Description

This course is a general introduction to the field of statistics. Much of what we will do can be placed in one of the following four categories:
Randall Pruim
office: North Hall 284
phone: (616) 957-7113

Problem Sessions
Monday - Friday, 11:00 - 11:50 pm, in North Hall ???

Each day, from 11:00 - 11:50 I will be available for help with homework problems and other questions. These sessions are optional, but I encourage you to make use of them. I recommmend doing the reading and as much of your homework as you can before that time, jotting down any questions you have and recording which items give you difficulty as you go along. Then you will know what to ask when you arrive. You can use the time from 12:00 until 2:00 to go back and finish any homework that you are better able to do after the problem session.

If no one arrives by 11:05, then the session will be canceled, so please come on time if you want some help with homework or with understanding topics from class.

Office hours
In addition to the problem sessions, individualized office hours can be scheduled by appointment if needed. I should usually be available immediately after class for a short time. We can set up a time for the next day if that would work better. Also feel free to contact me via email or to stop by my office if you have questions or want to set up an appointment.

Time & Location
Monday - Friday, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, in North Hall 295

Internet Resources

I will maintain an email list of all students registered in this class and will occassionally use it to distribute information and reminders of various things pertaining to this course. If you do not know how to access your email, please talk to someone at the IT helpdesk. If you prefer to read your email from an account other than your calvin student account, send me email with the email address you prefer.

Since things move quickly in an interim setting, please check your email at least once each morning. That way, if I forget to tell you something in class, or a question comes up regarding an assignment, etc, you can get the information before class begins in the afternoon.

You can also send email to the class list or particular students in the class via BlackBoard

Web Pages
In addition to this home page, I will also maintain a list of web resources pertaining to this course. Items I have prepared and maintain online include
BlackBoard CourseInfo
I am also making partial use of Calvin's BlackBoard CourseInfo intructional resources. You can go to BlackBoard to check your grades, send email to individuals or groups in the class, and to read all the other information (like this page) that I have on line. For more information on how to use CourseInfo, see the online tutorial.

Important Information

See me
If you are having difficulty with any portion of the course, do not hesitate to see me. Do this as soon as possible, certainly well in advance of any deadlines (like tests) so that we can work to fix the problem.

Required Textbook
Seeing Through Statistics,Second Edition by Jessica Utts.

Additional readings may also be assigned.

Because this course counts for core credit in Mathematics, you will receive a regular letter grade for this course.

Grading will be based on the following approximate weighting:

        10%    Attendence & Participation
        10%    Homework 
        20%    Quizzes (daily)
	25%    Test 1
        25%    Test 2
        10%    Project

Tests are scheduled for the following dates:

Quizzes will be given daily and may cover any of the recent readings, videos, exercises or class activities.

Homework. You will not be able to master the material in this course without practice. I will make assignments every day. Some portions of these assignments will be collected and others will not. Please follow the guidelines below:

  1. Problems to be handed in should be worked neatly, showing all of your work (when appropriate) and explaining your reasoning. The work should be organized in paragraph manner (work left to right and top to bottom; use English sentences to explain what you are doing, etc.).
  2. Any work that is illegible or disorganized will not be graded.
  3. Label each page with your name and the assignement. Each problem should be clearly labeled as well. Leave a little space between problems.
  4. Each problem set should be on a separate sheet of paper. If you use more than one sheet of paper, these sheets must be stapled in the upper left corner. If you use spiral bound paper, please remove the fringe along the edge of the paper.

Joint Work
You may find it pleasant and useful to work together on many portions of this course. I encourage you to do so. BUT you must abide by the following guidelines:

Attendence is required. If you miss class, you are missing an important part of this course. In class we will be doing activities that reinforce the statistical ideas covered in the textbook, viewing videos, discussing readings, answering questions. These are difficult things to replace in any other way.

We will have a quiz each day that will also serve as an attendence check. Quizzes cannot normally be made up for students who miss class.

Preparing for class
You should bring with you each day: Of course, you should have read (and thought about) any assigned readings prior to coming to class. You may want to have your notes handy, especially if you have questions regarding the readings or homework.

Special Circumstances
Occassionally there are special circumstances that require that the rules and guidelines above be adjusted for a particular student. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the student to inform me of the situation as soon as possible, so that the appropriate arrangements can be made. This includes, but is not limited to, students with documented disabilities.

This page maintained by:
Randall Pruim
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Calvin College

Last Modified: Thursday, 11-Jan-2001 16:02:15 EST