Math 131-07 (41175) Fall 2013 CSUDH

**Elementary
Statistics and Probability **WH A139 TTh 1:00PM-2.15PM Dr.
Sally Moite

**Catalog
Description **(From
Math Department sample syllabus) A practical course in probability and
statistics including such topics as the binomial and normal distributions,
confidence intervals, t, F, and chi-square tests, linear regression and
correlation, and conditional probability. Three hours of lecture per week.

**Prerequisites** Fulfillment of ELM
requirement

**Objectives** (From Math Department
sample syllabus) After completing MAT 131 the student should be able to

- understand the
relationship between a question that is asked in the natural, economic,
and social sciences and the nature of the numerical data that are needed
in order to provide an answer to the question,
- carry out the required
algebraic manipulations, with appropriate use of a calculator, to analyze
and understand the implications contained in a set of numerical data,
- draw a valid inference
from a collection of numerical data.

**Expected
outcomes**
(From Math Department sample syllabus)

*The
student should be able to demonstrate through written assignments, tests,
and/or oral presentations, that he or she has achieved the objectives of MAT
131*.

**Policies** Students are expected to
attend all sessions of the course, read the text, do and check all assigned
problems, and complete all work for which points are assigned. Schedule dates
are approximate. Quizzes cover sections most recently done in class. There are
no makeup quizzes. Homework is due the session after a section is discussed in
class. Homework to be turned in will be accepted if it is late, but it is to
the student’s advantage to keep up with class work and turn them in promptly.
Solutions that have errors or are incomplete will be returned with instructions
for correction. Homework will receive credit when it is completely corrected.
Projects that are late will have reduced credit. Tests will be given on the
dates scheduled, and will cover the sections that have been discussed in class
or assigned. There are no makeup tests. Students may miss one test in an
emergency. There may be a bonus given to students who have completed all tests.
All students must take the final.

**Study
Time** It is
expected that you will spend at least 6 hours a week (twice the in class hours)
studying for this class outside of class. Make sure you have planned enough
study time in your weekly schedule for this and your other classes.

**To Estimate Your Grade So Far:** (Average test grade) x .80
+ (Quizzes done)/(quizzes given) x 5 +

(Homeworks with (+))/(homeworks due) x 5 +
(Average Project Grade for projects graded) x .10

+ (5 if you will do the extra credit SPSS work
with the class data) = Projected class average

Use the grade scale on the schedule page to
see your projected grade.

(Note: You will have an opportunity to raise
your average test grade by doing better on the final.)

**Academic
Integrity**
(Part from Math Department sample syllabus) The student is expected to complete
the work for this course independently. Cooperation on homework is encouraged,
with the understanding that each student must individually master the material
of the class. The mathematics department does not tolerate cheating. Students
who have questions or concerns about academic integrity should ask their
professors or the counselors in the Student Development Office, or refer to the
University Catalog for more information. (Look in the index under “academic
integrity”.) In accordance with these policies the instructor acknowledges that
the material and examples for this course are taken or adapted from the course
text or other similar books.

**Disabled
Student Services **Cal State Dominguez Hills adheres to all applicable laws, regulations,
and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students
with temporary and permanent disabilities. If you have a disability that may
adversely affect your work in this class, I encourage you to register with
Disabled Student Services (DSS in WH D180) and to talk with me about how I can
best help you. All disclosures of disabilities will be kept strictly
confidential.

**Computer/Information
Literacy **(From the University Policy)
Students in this class are expected to: 1) use the university email
system (Toromail), 2) use Blackboard, 3) use a word processing program for
writing assignments (e.g., Microsoft Word), 4) be able to find and access
websites through the internet, 5) use the Library databases to find peer-reviewed journal literature (Project 4), and 6) be able to
paraphrase concepts without plagiarizing.

Kahn
Academy http://www.kahnacademy.org/math/probability
Start with Descriptive Statistics

Online
Text EBook and Videos http://www.yourstatsportal.com
, videos only http://bcs.whfreeman.com/statvtk/VTK/Login.aspx

Free
Text Resources Quizzes, Applets (Also on CD with book), also can purchase just
the Ebook http://bcs.whfreeman.com/bps6e

Video
About Statistics http://www.gapminder.org/videos/the-joy-of-stats

*The
Visual Display of Quantitative Information* by Edward Tufte

*The
Cartoon Introduction to Statistics* by Grady Klein and Alan Dabney

Debunking
the Normal Distribution *The Black Swan, the Impact of the Highly Improbable*
by Nassim Taleb

Three
Books About (Misusing) Statistics: *How to Lie with Statistics* by Darrell
Huff; *Statspotting, A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Statistics* by
Joel Best; *Proofiness, The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception* by
Charles Seife