Sharon I. O'Donnell

246 M

(713) 743-3818 (office)

odonnell@bayou.uh.edu

Office Hours: 10 to 11

Tuesday and Thursday

by appointment or by chance.

Lab Hours: TBA

**What this course will cover**

The course will include presentations of data through graphs and charts, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability and probability distributions, sampling plans and hypothesis testing of large and small samples.

**Textbook, supplemental materials, etc.**

Textbook - required readingMendenhall et al:

10th editionIntroduction to Probability and Statistics,

Material on the web page - The web page for this course will include

- Syllabus and outline of the lectures
Mathematicanotebooks (including a set of tutorial notebooks)- Grades
- Links to sites with economic data

SoftwareThe course uses software called

Mathematica. It was developed to solve numeric, symbolic, statistical and algebraic problems. Its graphic capabilities are exceptional. For this class, we will learn how to useMathematicafor statistical problems. You will apply this knowledge to solve problems in two computer projects.

Mathematicawill also be used in the econometric course so the skills that you obtain in this course will be used there.

Ways of obtaining/accessing the software

- I will distribute the software in class for those students who are registered for this class and wish to install the software on their home computers. This is a full blown version of the software that works under Windows 95/98. The full installation takes 155 Megs of space, you can also save space by running the software from the CD. The software (available on a CD) costs $4.00. This is a special version of the software that is designed to run for a limited time (about one year). After this time period, registered U of H students can renew the software for $4.00. (Students who have Macs can obtain the same software through the office of Information Technology (basement of the library) for $4.00.).
- You can access
Mathematicathrough the Social Work Lab. You will need to obtain a Social Sciences NT account. The lab has weekend and evening hours.- You can purchase the package from the University bookstore. This version of the software is designed not to expired. The last time I checked, this version of the software costs $150.00
(If you purchase it at the University Bookstore, you cannot return it).

If you have a computer at home but you do not wish to installMathematica, you can viewMathematicanotebooks (files created inMathematica) using a free software package calledMathreader. To obtain this package, use your web browser to go to the following URL.

http://www.wolfram.com/products/mathreader/

CalculatorThere are no special requirements. Any calculator that can perform basic functions will be sufficient. Please bring the calculator to class with you.

A complete reliance on a statistical calculator will lose you precious points towards your grade. The exams will include a set of questions where I expect to see these problems fully worked out (I will state this condition in the exam). You should expect to get no points if you only provide me with the solution, (even if this solution is correct).

Internet accessCourse will be as paperless as possible.

Grade will be posted on the web page by the last four numbers of a student's id. University policy requires that I receive your permission before posting your grade. I have set up a small survey page on the web page. Here you can pass along your email address and your decision regarding the posting your grades. Please fill out this form by the 24th of January.

**Grading, Syllabus & Optional Problems**

GradingThe grade will be based on 2 computer projects (5% each) 2 midterm exams (25% each) and a final exam (40%). The exams are closed book, closed notes.

During the semester, I will conduct unannounced, in-class quizzes. Points earned from these quizzes are extra credit points. Please make sure to bring along a calculator to class with you.

I plan to use optional problems and old exam questions for a portion of these quizzes. If I use one of these problems for an in-class quiz and you have done the work prior to the lecture, you can submit this work (at the start of the quiz) instead of doing the in-class quiz.

I have included a list of optional problems. To motivate you to work on these problems, each test will include questions from the set of optional problems.

Syllabus

WeekDatesChapters from

Mendenhall[1]

Exam dates [6],

project dates and

other important dates1 1-17 to 1-21 1 2 1-24 to 1-28 2 3 1-31 to 2-04 3, 4[2] 4 2-07 to 2-11 4[2] 2-11 Exam 1 5 2-14 to 2-18 4[2],5[3] 2-15 Last day to drop a course or withdraw without receiving a

grade.2-18 Project #1due

6 2-21 to 2-25 5[3] 7 2-28 to 3-03 6, 8 3-06 to 3-10 7[4] 9 3-13 to 3-17 Spring Break 10 3-20 to 3-24 7[4],8 3-24 Exam 2 11 3-27 to 3-31 8 12 4-03 to 4-07 8 4-06 Last day to drop a course or withdraw. 13 4-10 to 4-14 9 14 4-17 to 4-21 10[5] 15/16 4-24 to 5-01 10[5] 5-01 Project #2 due Final Final Exam

[1] You can skip the the section, "About Minitab" in every chapter.

[2] Skip section 4.7

[3] Skip section 5.4

[4] Skip section 7.7

[5] Skip sections 10.6 through 10.8

[6] Exams will not include any questions onMathematica.

Optional Problems [7]

ChapterProblems1 1.8, 1.10, 1.13, 1.14, 1.15, 1.17, 1.24, 1.25, 1.29, 1.41 2 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 2.8, 2.11, 2.14, 2.16, 2.17, 2.18, 2.19, 2.20, 2.21, 2.23, 2.24, 2.29, 2.30, 2.40, 2.41(a), 2.49, 2.53, 2.55, 2.58 3 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.10, 3.12, 3.15, 3.17, 3.20 4 4.1, 4.5, 4.9, 4.15, 4.17, 4.21, 4.22, 4.26, 4.30, 4.31, 4.34, 4.35, 4,37, 4.40, 4.41, 4.43, 4.49, 4.54, 4.55, 4.63, 4.76, 4.78, 4.81, 4.85, 4.92, 4.95 5 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.17, 5.19, 5.25, 5.28, 5.30, 5.33, 5.35, 5.36, 5.37, 5.48, 5.65, 5.66. 5.67 6 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 6.9, 6.17, 6.18, 6.20, 6.25, 6.27, 6.30, 6.32, 6.33, 6.34, 6.44, 6.48, 6.50, 6.54, 6.59, 6.60, 6.67, 6.70, 6.76 7 7.16, 7.17, 7.19, 7.24, 7.28, 7.33, 7.34, 7.37, 7.56 8 8.2, 8.5, 8.6, 8.7, 8.8, 8.15, 8.20, 8.32, 8.35, 8.36, 8.41, 8.44, 8.47, 8.52, 8.55, 8.57, 8.61, 8.64, 8.67 9 9.4, 9.5, 9.6, 9.9, 9.10, 9.14,9.17, 9.18, 9.20(a), 9.27, 9.31, 9.33, 9.37, 9.38, 9.40, 9.48, 9.50(a), 9.57(a) 9.62 10 10.1, 10.2, 10.6, 10.10, 10.14(a), 10.16(a), 10.18, 10.19, 10.20, 10.28, 10.29, 10.30, 10.35, 10.37(a), 10.43, 10.70, 10.75, 10.78, 10.88

[7] Problems listed in the book with blue numbers have answers in the back of the book. Hypothesis test questions in Chapters 9 and 10 should make use of p-values as the testing method. Details regarding this will be discussed when Chapter 9 is introduced.