Math 145
Fall 2014

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Course Description

Randall Pruim
office: North Hall 284
phone: (616) 526-7113 (but email is generally preferred)

Time & Location
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00-9:50, in North Hall 259

Office Hours

Internet Resources

I will maintain an email list of all students registered in this class and will use it to distribute information and reminders of various things pertaining to this course. If you prefer to read your email from an account other than your Calvin student account and do not have it set up to forward automatically, send me email with the email address you prefer.

Please check your email daily. You are responsible for any information communicated via email.

Web Pages
In addition to this home page, I will also maintain a list of web resources pertaining to this course. You are responsible for any information appearing on the course web pages. Items I have prepared and maintain online include

For quick access to these and other resources, see the navigation bar at the top of this page.

Other 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.

The required text for this course is
Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data by Lock, Lock, Lock, Lock, and Lock
There is also companion volume that contains R code for all of the examples in the book.

Grading will be based on the following approximate weighting:
15% Homework, Labs, etc.
60% 3 Tests (see calendar for tentative dates)
25% Final Exam (Wed, Dec 10 @ 6:30pm)

Tests should be taken when they are scheduled. I do not generally offer make-up, alternate or late tests. Instead, if you miss one test (for any reason) or if your final exam score is better than your worst test, then your final exam score will be substituted for that test.

Modern statistics is done using modern technology. In this class we will make use of three technologies

There are, by the way, a number of other statistics packages. But most of them are expensive, so they aren't viable options for this course. The good news is that once you use one statistics package, it is usually not too difficult to migrate to another tool if you need or want to.

Special Circumstances
Occasionally 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: Monday, 01-Sep-2014 17:16:05 EDT