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MATH 2510 Intro to Statistics

Instructor Contact:

Delphy Shaulis, Ph.D.


About the Course:

Topics to be included:

  • Introduction to experimental design – including simulations and sampling methods
  • Organizing data – including frequency distributions, histograms, stem-and-leaf, circle graphs, and time-series
  • Describing data – including central tendency, variation, and percentiles
  • Probability theory – including compound events, conditional probability, trees, counting techniques, and the binomial probability distribution
  • Normal curves and sampling distributions – including areas under a normal curve and the Central Limit Theorem
  • Condence intervals – including the mean when sigma is known or unknown, pro-portions, and dierences of means or proportions
  • Hypothesis testing – including the mean, a proportion, paired data, and dierences of means or proportions
  • Correlation and regression – including the best t line, and inferences for correlation and regression parameters
  • Chi-square and F  distributions – including tests for independence, goodness-of-t, testing variance, and ANOVA (as time allows)

Required Text:

  • Elementary Statistics, 6th Edition by Larson & Farber Pearson, 2015. ISBN 9780321911216.

The purchase of a MyStatLab access code is required and an ebook version of the text is provided with that access. A hardcopy of the textbook is optional.


  • Homework is usually assigned 3 times a week in MyStatLab. You may attempt questions on the homework as many times as you wish, and MyStatLab gives you immediate feedback on each question.
  • Five times throughout the semester, a discussion topic will be opened on MyStatLab to which you are required to respond. In order to receive credit for a discussion board, you will be required to make at least one thoughtful and complete post. You will not be required to respond to any other student’s post to receive the credit, but you are welcome to as you see appropriate.
  • You will be assigned two projects which require the application of a software package. The first project will involve the use of Excel and the second will involve the use of the programming language R.
  • There will be two exams. Both exams will have a component in MyStatLab formatted like your regular homework problem sets available and due. They will also have a written component that will be posted on D2L


Your course grade will be computed from:

  • 30% = Problem Sets
  • 10% = Discussions
  • 10% = Projects
  • 25% = Midterm Exam
  • 25% = Final Exam

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