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Analysing the Numbers

The Fine Print

Course Goals

Students will:

  • Learn to select statistical methods for collecting and/or analyzing data for statistical inference 

  • Be able to use data analysis to describe patterns, trends, associations, and relationships in data

  • Explore random phenomena using probability and simulation 

  • Develop how to argue or justify a conclusion from evidence using data, definitions and statistical inference 

The course is organized around the following foundational concepts of statistics:

  • Variation and distribution – Students will use graphs and numerical calculations to describe variations and patterns seen among given data. 

  • Patterns and uncertainty – Using probability and reasoning students will recognize patterns in data and project sample data to larger populations. Students will also describe errors found in experiments or surveys and tell how that affects conclusions. 

  • Data-based predictions, decisions and conclusions – Students will use tools to make predictions and describe relationships among data.  These tools can include learning how to conduct a well-designed experiment, creating graphs of data and using statistical inference to draw conclusions. 


  • Students should have successfully completed the high school math sequence: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2

Course Resources

Textbook and Homework

  • RequiredDigital Resources ($55) purchased​​ through Blue Tent:

  • Optional:

    • Hard copy of the textbook purchased on own

    • AP Only: Barron’s AP Statistics

    • AP Only: StatsMedic ($30) purchase instructions provided by instructor in 2nd semester


Web Resources
  • AP Statistics:

    • AP Classroom | a free College Board online resource where students can practice and prepare for the AP exam

    • Varsity Tutors | free AP Statistics diagnostic tests

  • Zoom | a free teleconferencing application

Technical Resources
  • Required for live class:

    • A reliable internet connection

    • A computer with a web-cam

    • A working microphone

  • Recommended for live class:

    • Earbuds or a headset with a microphone (a built-in computer mic will work if needed)

  • Required for all students:​

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