Anne Arundel Community College

Elementary Statistics

MAT135, Sections 005 – Fall 2013


Class: MWF @ 11:00-11:50 in Schz-102

Professor: James Freeman

Office: Mathematics 231-I

Office Hours: MW @ 13:30-14:30

Phone: (410) 777-2557




Course Description: This course is an introduction to probability and statistics designed for those majoring in business, the social sciences, liberal arts or general studies.  The topics discussed include:

a) Sampling techniques for both small and large populations;

b) Graphical display and numerical analysis of data (centrality, spread, skewness);

c) Scatter diagrams, correlation and regression;

d) Probability theory, including binomial and normal distributions;

e) Sample mean, standard deviation, confidence intervals for estimation;

f) hypothesis testing and P-values.

Content will include problem solving techniques using calculators and computers.


Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

(i) Use the techniques of descriptive statistics to organize data and create graphs;

(ii) Analyze data using numeric measures such as the mean, median, variance, quartiles, etc.

(iii) Analyze bivariate data using linear regression and correlation;

(iv) Apply probability theory to specific applications;

(v) Compute confidence intervals;

(vi) Perform hypotheses tests;

(vii) Use appropriate technology to enter, analyze and display data.


Text: "Statistics: Informed Decisions Using Data" (4th edition) by Michael Sullivan, III; Prentice Hall, 2007.  The text often comes packaged with a supplemental CD or Student Solutions or Technology Manuals, neither of which are requireed for the course.


Computer/Calculator: Some work on a computer using Excel is optional in this course.  Computers are available in both the Mathematics building and in the library.  A graphing calculator is required for the course - the TI-83+ or TI-84 is recommended and is essentially mandatory.


Attendance Policy: Regular class attendance is expected and will be recorded.  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what occurred with respect to both announcements and course work.  If you email me, I will respond with that information.  I will maintain the online version of this syllabus with any changes in dates or homework assignments. But even one absence means a lost opportunity to learn.


Class Activity: Prepare for class by reading the text (either before or after we cover the material).  If you do not understand something, ask questions in class. Ask questions even if it concerns material from a prior class or chapter.  Asking and answering questions is the main purpose of class.  During class we will review the major points in each chapter and solve sample problems.


Homework:   Homework will consist of selected problems from the end of each chapter section in the text.  The homework will be collected and graded.  Late homework loses 10% credit.  Your homework problem solutions should be neatly prepared (they need not be typed), with multiple pages either stapled or otherwise bound together. Answers to the homework are in the back of the book, so there is no reason for a wrong answer.  There is also the Student’s Solution Manual, with explanations of the answers.  The homework will not be graded in detail, but will be reviewed for completeness.  You must show your work and not just give the answer.  If you cannot do or do not understand a homework problem, ask about it in class.  Excel may be used on some homework.  Do the relevant homework as soon as possible after the material is covered in class to allow an opportunity for questions.


Attendance will comprise 5% of your grade.


Homework assignments will comprise 17% of your grade. 

(Notice:  You cannot receive an "A" if you do no homework.)


Examinations: There will be four chapter specific tests and a cumulative final exam. 


The four tests will comprise 48% of your grade - 12% each.


The final will comprise 30% of your grade.


The tests may not be made up (without prior approval).  If you miss a test, the total possible points that the test was worth will be added to the total possible points that the final is worth.  Thus, if you miss a test, your final exam will be worth a larger proportion of your course grade.  I give generous partial credit when I grade, but you must show your work neatly to earn it.  It is your responsibility to show me what you know in a neat and orderly fashion.   Do not leave the classroom without permission during a test.  If you do, I will collect your test and grade it based upon what you have already finished.  Do not use your cell phone during a test.


Grading Scale: 90 - 100% A; 80-89% B; 70 - 79% C; 60 - 69% D; below 60% F.


Additional Help: Do not hesitate to visit me during my office hours.  If my hours conflict with your free time, I will gladly arrange additional times to meet with you.  I am in my office other times during the week so you can always stop by to see if I am in.  Additionally, free tutoring is available in Library 111.


Academic Integrity: The Anne Arundel Community College Catalog states, "All students are required to exhibit academic honesty in all academic exercises and assignments." This includes cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, and plagiarism.  The instructor has the right and obligation to impose a reasonable academic sanction including, but not limited to, the following:


A) Assign a failing grade for the assignment;

B) Assign a grade reduction for the course;

C) Assign a failing grade for the course;

D) Assign an alternative learning experience.


I will choose A for most situations involving academic dishonesty. Do not leave the classroom without permission during a test.  If you do, I will collect your test and grade it based upon what you have already finished.  Do NOT use your cell phone during a test.


Student Conduct: The Anne Arundel Community College Catalog states; "All students while engaged in college activities shall comply with all college policies and procedures. Students shall conduct themselves in accordance with accepted standards of behavior, respect the rights of others, refrain from conduct or activity which obstructs the work of the college and is damaging to the welfare of the college community or the college." It continues to describe Acts of Misconduct.


Cell Phones: Please put cell phones on vibrator mode during class as a courtesy to others.  Do not TEXT during class (unless requested to by the instructor).  If you receive a call, I trust that you will leave the room to talk.  Do NOT use your cell phone during a test.


Notice of Nondiscrimination: AACC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, ADA Title 504 compliant institution. Call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request most accommodations. Requests for sign language interpreters, alternative format books or assistive technology require 30 days' notice.  For information on Anne Arundel Community College's compliance and complaints concerning discrimination or harassment, call Kelly Koermer, J.D., AACC's federal compliance officer, at 410-777-2607 or Maryland Relay 711.



Course Schedule (All dates are tentative and subject to revision.)


Due Date                     Assignments


Aug 26                         First class.

Sep 11                         Chapter 1 Homework Due 

Sep 18                         Chapter 2 Homework Due

Sep 20                         Examination on Chapters 1, 2

Sep 30                         Chapter 3 Homework Due

Oct 04                         Chapter 4 Homework Due

Oct 11                         Examination on Chapters 3 & 4


Oct 23                         Chapter 5 Homework Due

Oct 30                         Chapter 6 Homework Due

Nov 01                        Chapter 7 Homework Due

Nov 06                        Examination on Chapters 5, 6 & 7


Nov 11                        Chapter 8 Homework Due

Nov 15                        Chapter 9 Homework Due

Nov 27                        Chapters 10 Homework Due, Take-Home Given Out

Dec 02                        Take-Home Examination on Chapters 8, 9, 10 Due


Dec 09 (Mon)             Final Examination (10:15-12:15)


                                    Review and additional topics as time allows


Sep 03                        Last day to drop with full refund

Sep 02                        Labor Day - No Class

Nov 28-9                    Thanksgiving - No Class

Nov 18                        Last day to withdraw

Homework Assignments

("odd" means odd numbers only; "eoo" means every other odd number only)


1.1:  Read 1-14, Do 15-37 odd, 49, 51                       1.2:  Read 1-8, Do 9, 15, 21

1.3:  Read 1-4, Do 5, 15                                             1.4:  Read 1-10, Do 11-23 odd, 27, 31, 35

1.5:  Read 1-4, Do 7, 9, 15, 17, 27, 35                       1.6:  Read 1-6, Do 7, 9, 17, 21


2.1:  Read 1-6, Do 7, 15, 23                                       2.2:  1-11 odd, 21, 23

2.3:  1-7 odd, 11, 23                                                    2.4:  1, 7, 13, 19, Case Study pgs125-6



3.1:  1-11 odd, 15, 21, 33, 41, 42, 47                          3.2:  1-15 odd, 19, 35, 39, 43

3.3:  1-5 odd, 13                                                          3.4:  Read 1-4, Do 5, 7, 29

3.5:  1-9 odd, 17


4.1:  1-15 odd, 25, 33, 41                                            4.2:  1-7 odd, 17, 29

4.3:  1-13 odd, 15   Cancelled                                    4.4: 1-5 odd, 13   Cancelled



5.1:  1-9 odd, 13, 15, 18, 31                                        5.2:  1-19 odd, 29, 31, 33, 41

5.3:  1-9 odd, 15, 17, 19                                              5.4:  1-9 odd, 19, 31, 33

5.5:  1-29 odd


6.1:  1-15 odd, 25, 27                                                  6.2:  1-27 odd, 39, 47


7.1:  1- 11 odd, 19, 33                                                 7.2:  1-35 odd, 39, 47

7.3:  Read                                                                   7.4:  Read



8.1:  1-17 odd, 19, 33                                                  8.2:  1-13 odd, 17, 23


9.1:  1-19 odd, 29, 39                                                  9.2:  1-7 odd, 29, 33, 43

9.3:  Read


10.1:  1-31 odd, 35, 37                                                10.2:  1-11 odd, 15, 21

10.3:  1-9 odd, 15, 23                                               **10.5:  1-7 odd, 13 (Optional)


11.1:  1-15 odd, 19, 21                                                 11.2:  Read


Course Handouts will be on the website.