Math C067 Statistics Spring 2007
Section 1: MWF 9:40-10:30am BB 205
Section 2: MWF 10:40-11:30am BB 205
Final Exam Schedule
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The optional review session will be held in Tuttleman 303AB on Wednesday May 2, 2007 9:40-11:30am

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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 (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.


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.

How to Prepare for My Exams

Practice with one calculator so you get used to it.
  1. Download and print my handouts (marked with an asterisk on this page)
  2. Download and print my practice questions, sample exams, and old exams. These are available only via Blackboard.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. If you don't understand a solution and you have read the handout, email me your question.
  6. 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.
  7. 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:


Descriptive statistics, sets, probability, conditional probability, discrete random variables, binomial distribution, Bernoulli trials, normal distribution, sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing

Detailed Syllabus

  1. Descriptive Statistics.

  2. Sets and Counting

  3. Probability

  4. Conditional Probability

  5. Discrete Random Variables
    • Topics: Discrete Random Variables, Mean, Variance, Standard Deviation
    • *Lecture Notes

  6. Binomial Distribution, Continuous Random Variables, Normal Distribution

  7. 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
      • 6-1
      • 6-2
      • 5-6(h-k)
    • Homework due Friday April 20, 2007
      • 6-2 (e-g)
      • 5-6 (h-k)
      • 6-3
    • Please print the Review Sheet for Chapters 5-7

  8. Confidence Intervals (Chapter 8)

  9. Hypothesis Testing for 1 Population (Chapter 9)
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