Statistics is the branch of mathematics that is concerned with the collection and interpretation of data. The ability of computes to store, manipulate, and retrieve information at high speeds has changed the pattern of our society. The dominant force in our economy is no longer industry; it is information. This course offers the student the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of data analysis and experimental design, frequently obtained in class through numerous data collection activities and labs. Common core and standardized tests are increasingly including these topics. Students will utilize the graphing calculator and FATHOM software extensively. Successful students may wish to sign up for AP Statistics in the following year.
Probability theory is the branch of mathematics that is concerned with modeling uncertainty. It forms the fundamental basis for many areas of science. This course will cover topics of probability theory, random variables, conditional probability, permutations, combinations, binomial and geometric distributions, continuous and discrete distributions, marginal and conditional distributions, independence, Bayes theorem and Markov chains.
This course will focus on inference procedures: creation of confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. These methods are key to decision-making and change in today’s society. The course will focus on a comprehensive project utilizing all the skills learned from Statistics. Students will utilize the graphing calculator and FATHOM software extensively.