The optional review session will be held in Tuttleman 303AB on Wednesday May 2, 2007 9:40-11:30am
The Effort Effect: According to a Stanford psychologist, you'll reach new heights if you learn to embrace the occasional tumble.
You are expected to bring your textbook and calculator to every
lecture, starting Friday January 19, 2007. If you can't find the
book in our bookstore, try another university bookstore or large chain
or order from Amazon.com (see link) immediately.
Professor Richard Beigel
I am usually reachable at ΡrοfessοrΒ@gmail.cοm. I love to answer questions about homework, my lectures, or the textbook. Office hours are MW 12-2pm. My office is 408 Wachman. Please email me specific questions. If I don't answer right away, please call my cell phone (609)-203-2000, home phone 610-660-5001, or office phone 215-204-6975. I don't always check my voice messages, so keep calling or send email if there is no answer. I'm here to help.
Attendance and Homework
A short homework assignment will be given in each lecture and due at the beginning of the next lecture. We will go over each assignment at the beginning of the next lecture. Your homework grade will be based on effort and attendance.
Homework will be found either together with the topic on this web page or else in the
master homework file. For the most up-to-date list, you may need to restart your browser.
Key Dates If you need to miss an exam for any reason, please let me know well in advance. Bring your textbook and calculator to all exams.
- First class: Wednesday January 17, 2007
- Drop deadline (tuition refund available): Monday January 29, 2007
- 1st Midterm: February 14, 2007
- Spring Break: March 5-9, 2007
- 2nd Midterm: March 21, 2007 (if you have a conflict on this date, arrange with me to take the midterm early)
- Withdrawal deadline (no refund): Monday March 26, 2007 (midterm grades will be available early in the day)
- Third Midterm: April 9, 2007
- Last class: Monday April 30, 2007
- Final Exam for Section 2: Friday May 4, 2007 8:30-10:30am
- Final Exam for Section 1: Wednesday May 9, 2007 8:30-10:30am
That adds up to 126%. Your lowest midterm score will count 0%, or your final will count only 10% if your final exam score is your lowest score.
- Homework and Attendance: 12%
- Midterms (3): 26% each
- Final: 36%
How to Prepare for My Exams
Practice with one calculator so you get used to it.
- Download and print my handouts (marked with an asterisk on this page)
- Download and print my practice questions, sample exams, and old exams. These are available only via Blackboard.
- Your printouts will be full of sample problems. Try to solve all of them yourself, even if you have seen the solutions before, without looking at the solutions again. Write down your work so you can check it later, and so I can help you if you can't find your mistakes.
- After you try the exercises read the solutions. Did you get the a different answer? Did you get the same answer using different methods? Compare your steps to mine to learn the right way (or another right way) to solve the problem. If you can't figure out why your answer differs from the solution, send me an email and tell me what you did.
- If you don't understand a solution and you have read the handout, email me your question.
- Once you think you know how to solve the problems, wait 24 hours and try the same problems again. This kind of practice will reduce the number of mistakes you make during an exam.
- Look for new or revised handouts in the days leading up to an exam.
How to work a long problem
By the end of the semester you will be solving some complicated problems, involving many separate steps. Try to make a sanity check after each step. Does the number you just calculated make sense? Catch any crazy numbers and lock them up them before they go postal. Things you can do:
- You just computed an average. Make sure it is between the smallest and largest numbers in the data set. If not, re-do the calculation.
- You just computed a probability. Make sure it is between 0 and 1. If not, re-do the calculation.
Descriptive statistics, sets, probability, conditional probability, discrete random variables, binomial distribution, Bernoulli trials, normal distribution, sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing
- Descriptive Statistics.
- Sets and Counting
- Topics: Sets operations, Venn diagrams, Cardinality
- Reading: 2.1 - 2.4, 2.6, 2.7, 2.10, 2.11 (factorial notation only), 2.13
- Helpful links:
- Conditional Probability
- Topics: Conditional Probability, Independent Events, Law of Total Probability, Bayes' Theorem
- Reading: Chapter 4
- We are fortunate that Stefan Waner has written some really good notes on conditional probability and Bayes' Theorem. Please read them.
- Stefan Waner's notes on Conditional Probability - Part A
- Stefan Waner's notes on Conditional Probability - Part B
- Stefan Waner's notes on Conditional Probability - Part C
- Stefan Waner's notes on Bayes' Theorem
- Stefan Waner's Chapter Summary
- *Lecture Notes on Bayes' Theorem (pages 2-5)
- *Lecture Notes on Repeated Trials
- Helpful links:
- Homework due Feb 28, 2007. Copy down your answers and your work and bring them to class.
- Answer Questions 10, 13, 15, 16, and 20 from Stefan Waner's Chapter 7 Quiz
- Do Exercises 3(a,c), 5, and 7(b) from Stefan Waner's Chapter 7 Review Exercises
- Do Exercises 4.26, 4.31, 4.34, and 4.35 starting on Page 126 of your textbook.
- Homework due Oct 18, 2006 (this shouldn't take too long because the answers are online). Copy down your answers and bring them to class.
- Discrete Random Variables
- Topics: Discrete Random Variables, Mean, Variance, Standard Deviation
- *Lecture Notes
- Binomial Distribution, Continuous Random Variables, Normal Distribution
- Topics: Bernoulli Trials, Binomial Distribution, Mean, Variance, Standard Deviation, Probability Density Functions, Normal Distribution, 68:95:99.7 Rule, Using the Table
- Lecture Notes:
- Homework due Friday March 30, 2007
- Homework due Monday April 2, 2007
- 5-4 Look at the lecture notes on Binomial Distributions if you don't know how to do parts (d-h)
- 5-3 (a-c). (Hint: Find the mean and variance for a single trial, and then multiply by the number of trials.)
- 5-7 (a-g)
- 5-11 (a-g)
- Homework due Friday April 6, 2007
- 5-2 (i,j)
- 5-3 (d-g)
- 5-7 (h-k)
- 5-11 (h-k)
- 5-6 (a-g)
- Midterm on Random Variables and Binomials Distributions Monday April 9, 2007
- Helpful Links:
- Sampling (Chapter 7)
- Midterm 3 (both versions) and its solutions have been posted on blackboard. If you had trouble with Midterm 3 I highly recommend that you read the solutions to your version, set them aside, and then do the other version for practice. If you still have trouble, please go to the MSRC or come to my office hours, and bring the solution sets with you.
- Read Sections 7.1 through 7.3
- *Lecture Notes on Sampling
- *George Gallup forecasts the 1936 Election
- Homework due Wednesday April 18, 2007
- Homework due Friday April 20, 2007
- Please print the Review Sheet for Chapters 5-7
- Confidence Intervals (Chapter 8)
- Hypothesis Testing for 1 Population (Chapter 9)
Any student who has a need for accommodation because of a disability is requested to contact me privately to discuss the specific situation as soon as possible. Also contact Disability Resources and Services at (215) 204-1280, 100 Ritter Annex, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.
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