• AP Statistics

    Course Syllabus



    School:  Bassett High School     


    Instructor:  Lori A. Wagoner


    Course Duration:  1 semester(90) Days on 4x4 Block Scheduling (which equates to 1 whole year)


    Classroom:  Room #29


    Planning Period:  2nd   Block


    Tutoring/Extra Class Time:  Times upon availability


    Phone Number:  276-629-1731


    Fax Number:  276-629-8221


    E-Mail Address:  lwagoner@henry.k12.va.us



    Brief Course Description

    AP Statistics is a semester-long introductory course to statistics designed for students who have successfully completed Algebra II.  The purpose of this AP course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.  Students will explore and analyze data using graphical and numerical techniques.  Students will also use probability and statistical inferences to develop an appropriate model for data collected.  The AP Exam will be given in the spring for ALL students enrolled in AP Stats.


    Statistics is everywhere in today’s society.  In fact, statistics is the most required mathematics course at colleges and universities (not Calculus!).  You do not go a single day without hearing about some study and/or conclusions from a study or an experiment.  AP Statistics is designed to be an interactive, thought provoking course which allows you to construct your own understanding of concepts and techniques of statistics.  As such, you will be pushed to think at a higher level.  A main goal of the course is to teach you to think carefully about collecting and analyzing data.  As such, examples, assignments, projects, etc, will always be tied to the real world.  As a result, this course will impact your thinking and the way in which you view the world. 


    As we proceed through this class you will learn appropriate statistical techniques and a variety of ways to communicate them within the context of statistical activities and experiences.  You will gain a working knowledge of statistical vocabulary and will be expected to use it correctly everyday.  You will also learn to be a competent interpreter and investigator of statistical data and information.  You will learn how to make connections between all aspects of the statistical process, including design, analysis, and conclusions.  You will be responsible for communicating methods, results, and interpretations using the correct vocabulary.  In order to accomplish these goals, you will be expected to be actively engaged in class. 





    Primary Textbook

    Bock, David E., Paul F. Velleman and Richard D. DeVeaux.  Stats:  Modeling the World. 3rd Edition.  Boston:  Pearson/Addison-Wesley, 2010.  




    Textbook (provided)                                    Straightedge (available in classroom)

    Pencils                                                      Colored Pencils (available in classroom)

    Loose Leaf Paper                                        Graph Paper

    3 Ring Binder with side pockets (2-3 inch)       

    TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator (provided)        Class websites may be used throughout the course


    Instructional Methods



    Students are expected to have at least a TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator to use for all homework and assessments throughout the course.  In the classroom, a TI-SmartView with an Interactive Promethian Board and a Document Camera are used on a regular basis.  A variety of online Java applets, Fathom Software, PowerPoint demonstrations, and websites are used to illustrate course content.


    Course Websites

    It will be the students responsibility to record and to keep up with class websites throughout the semester



    Out of Class Policy

                  Each student will be given a copy of 6 Passes to use each grading term

                  End of grading term, blanks may be turned in (No Carryovers)

                  Each person must sign out and back in on the notepad at the door




    I will try to incorporate class time to do “homework”; however, it is very difficult to do so when content is not being obtained by the class.  We have to cover a year’s worth of content in 90 days.  Therefore, in order to avoid homework, please keep up with the material that we are covering and work steadily in class when given time. 




    Both chapter and cumulative quizzes are given regularly throughout the course.  Quizzes may be made up of multiple choice and/or free response style questions. 




    Tests will be given after each unit of material covered (approximately every 2 weeks) and contain both multiple choice and free response questions.  All tests will contain both current material as well as information from previous chapters/units. 



    Throughout the year, students will be required to complete and present projects involving topics discussed in class.  Course projects are in the form of extended writing assignments and will be assessed based on the clarity of communication in addition to the mathematics presented.  Some projects will require the use of computer software.



    Expectations:  This is a college course.  It is rigorous and expectations are high.  You will be expected to explain more than normal on responses or grades will reflect it.  Pictures, diagrams, and visual presentations of work is required.



             Writing Correctly and In Depth Understanding will be required in this course.


             Additional Class Time will be required – See 4x4 Block for reasoning.




    Grading Policy


    1. 20% Homework & Class Grades:  Group work grades, Exercises on Syllabus, Handouts


    1. 10% Participation, Miscellaneous:  Answering/Asking questions, participating in group discussions/work
    2. 30% Quizes:  given weekly – may be multiple choice, fill in blank, or written response
    3. 40% Test, & Projects - may be multiple choice, fill in blank, or written response and may be hand-in or class presentations




    Grading Scale     


                      100 – 90      A       Outstanding

                      89 – 80        B       Above Average

                      79 – 70        C       Average

                      69 – 60        D       Poor

                      59 – 0          F        Failure


    AP Information:

    • All students will be required to sign up in College Board at https://account.collegeboard.org/login/login with a code I will give you to register to take the AP Exam.
    • All students who take AP Stats will be required to take the AP Exam in the Spring.


    In-Class Rules:

    1. Be respectful to your peers and your teacher.
    2. Do NOT be tardy. (Be seated when the bell rings.)
    3. Work hard at everything you attempt and turn all homework in before the tardy bell.
    4. All cell phones and smart watches will be put in an assigned caddy before the tardy bell rings and can be collected at the end of class.



    On-Line Rules:

    1. Enter the meeting with your volume on mute initially – follow teachers prompts on if/when to turn mute off
    2. Do NOT be tardy (be logged in with your video ON – your face actually showing, not the ceiling or a blank screen) as soon as class is set to begin.
    3. Do not be on your phone, smart device, watching/listening to TV/radio, sending private messages during class instruction.


    Technical Problems

    Students with computer problems should make arrangements to get help from  the on-site IT person (Mr. Sechrist). You must avoid using personal computer problems as an excuse for late work. Students should complete assignments in time to troubleshoot technical difficulties before deadlines.


    Late Work

    The student’s continual focus on assignments and deadlines is imperative. Late work will not be accepted without prior permission, and even then, the student will lose ten points per day up to three days. After the three-day period, the student will receive a 0% on the assignment. No student will receive more than three late work forgiveness grades.  After 3 late grades any further late work will be given a grade of 0%.  Work not turned in due to an absence is not late so long as it is turned in within the appropriate time frame.



    Syllabus Statement


    This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher to accommodate instructional and/or student needs.  The teacher will notify the students of the changes.






















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