Stat 21: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for
Business Majors: Fall 2012
INSTRUCTOR: Shobhana Murali Stoyanov: Please include your full name AND "Stat 21" in all
email to me.
CLASS TIME: TuTh 9:30-11 am, F295 Haas
OFFICE HOURS: MW: 11:10-12:00, and Tuesday 12:40-2; and by appointment, in 325 Evans
TEXT: Statistics , 4th ed., by Freedman, Pisani,
GSIs: Office hours TBA. You can go to the office hours of any GSI, not just
SCHEDULE: The course schedule is available here. Please check it frequently, as
I will add links of interest and other updates relevant to lecture.
It will be very beneficial to you if
you read the indicated chapters before lecture.
Of course you should read them after lecture! Don't read the text like a
novel. Work through as many exercises as you can, and please work at least the
CLICKERS: Please bring your iClicker to class. We will
regularly have clicker questions, usually based on material covered
in the previous class, or current lecture. The points are for
participation only, and will count toward your
grade, and the lowest three days will be dropped. This is to
cover the days when you forget your clicker, or your clicker
batteries run out etc.
Since you will receive
points for attempting to answer, not just for getting the correct
answer, you should always give some answer. It does not
matter if the answer is wrong.
HOMEWORK: A list of recommended problems for each chapter may
be found here. Homework is not
to be turned in, but about 60% of the quiz questions will be based on the homework
problems. Answers to the homework will be posted in one of the glass cases on the 3rd
floor of Evans.
EXAMS: There will be
four 50-minute quizzes to be held in section, two
90-minute in-class midterms, and one 3-hour final exam (room to be announced).
If you do not take the final, you will not pass the class.
The dates of the tests are:
There will be no early or makeup exams.
- Quizzes: All on Wednesdays: Sept. 5, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 28:
- Midterms: Both on Tuesdays: October 2, November 6: in lecture.
- Final Exam: Tuesday, December 11: room TBA
Your grade will be determined as follows:
No individual letter grades will be given for midterm, or
final. You will get a letter grade for the course that is based on
your overall score.
- Clicker points: 5%
- Quizzes: 25%
- Midterms: 40%
- Final Exam: 30%
CALCULATOR: You will need one that adds, subtracts, multiplies,
divides, takes square roots, raises numbers to a power, and
preferably also computes factorials. Statistical calculators are
unnecessary. Programmable calculators will not be allowed