Welcome to AP Statistics! 

Here is the link to our: Classroom Expectations

Here is a copy of my first day welcome letter and assignment:

September, 2011

Dear Students,

Welcome to AP STATISTICS!  This is a college level introductory course in statistics where you will learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret data.   Statistics is used by more people in more different areas than any other kind of math.  In this class, we will learn how to ask good questions and construct clear, concise, and complete answers.  I expect you will work hard, think critically, and take an active role in learning. 

I’ve decided to change the structure of this course, so we will actually begin the year with a unit on data collection. This involves surveying, sampling, and experimentation in order to collect useful data.  I would like you to start thinking about the kinds of questions you want to investigate.  For example: Are you interested in finding out what percentage of Paramus high school students smoke? Do drugs? Are sexually active?  What about what the most popular nearby eatery is?  Or where most students shop for clothes?  Are you interested in the political breakdown of Paramus residents, or the percentage breakdown in income level?  Maybe you are interested in more psychological issues like what would happen if you offered people free lemonade vs. 5 cent vs. 10 cent cups.  Which would actually attract the most customers?  Will people be more willing to loan you change if you look well-to-do or if you look poor?  Does doing homework actually help students do better in a class?  Does it depend what class it is?  Does spacing out study time on a test actually increase performance, or is cramming okay?  This is what statistics is really about: collecting real data in a statistically valid way in order to answer important questions about the world we live in and the people who live in it. 

As your first assignment, I am going to provide you with an investigative question.

What percentage of Paramus high school students have cheated on a quiz or test sometime during their high school career?

Your task is to design a study to investigate this question.  Describe what you would do and how you would do it.   Be as detailed and clear as possible, without being overly wordy.  Do not actually conduct your investigation. 

For fun, write down your own estimate of the percentage of high school students you think have cheated on a quiz/test: _________

Bring in this assignment along with your personal profile and expectations contract to our next class.  Please also read section 5.3 in your text book (page 309-316).

I know we will have an exciting and productive year and I look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Ms. Yu

email: jyu@paramus.k12.nj.us

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