MATH 13:  ELEMENTARY STATISTICS                                                       Course Number:  11076

Instructor:  Tom Dyer                                                                                             


Room B 105 - NCC




Text:  Elementary Statistics (9the edition)        Author:  Mario F. Triola.

A calculator with   x!    yx    keys (Statistical functions are not required, but they would make some calculations more easily performed – keys such as  s  and   nCr     .    A Student’s Solutions Manual is available but not required – this manual shows the steps and answers to the odd-numbered problems in the textbook.



This course provides an introduction to statistics-both descriptive and inferential-and includes a unit on probability theory which provides the basis for understanding the rationale behind inferential statistics.    Since mathematical formulas will be used throughout, an understanding of high-school algebra (or successful completion of Math A and D) is a pre-requisite.



We will cover most of the concepts contained in chapters 1-8 and parts of chapter 9 and 10 in the text.    The concepts and their applications which will be covered are illustrated in the list of homework problems.    The write-up problems for each unit (chapter or group of chapters) will be turned in according to the SCHEDULE, usually the day of a unit test.    These will be graded on completeness and accuracy.    The homework points vary from unit to unit (from 79 to 169 points).    You are encouraged to work together on these assignments.    The write-up problems should be treated as the MINIMUM  homework necessary to prepare yourself for exams.    Treat these assignments as if they were take-home tests – the points towards your grade are comparable.


There will be 4 unit tests, 100 points each.    These will be open-book/open notes.    The final exam, which is cumulative, is worth 300 points towards your grade.


Work necessary to complete calculations any problem, be it on homework, tests, or activities in class must be shown to receive credit.        


If you miss a test, a make-up test (which may be more difficult than the original) must be made up the day you are back in class.



Group activities, which will be collected at graded, cannot be made up due to absence regardless of the reason and will result in a score of 0 for each activity missed.    However, up to two class meetings worth of activities due to absence will be deleted from the calculation of your course percentage score (the first two class meeting’s worth, if you miss more than two).



This means part of your grade is “attendance-based”.


Although I do not have an office, I am usually in the tutoring center for about half an hour after our class.    Should you need to contact me at other times you may leave a message on voice mail (789-2649 ext.3573) or email me at     My home phone is (530) 273-4409 (Grass Valley).


Should you find that you need extra help with the subject matter, tutoring is available in the Tutoring Center located in LRC 402.    Don’t get behind.  





Group Activity Ground Rules:

1)  Each person in the group will write the solution(s) as well as the method(s) of solution(s).    Each person in that group is assigned the same grade, based on one randomly-chosen paper from that group.

2)  Each person has a right to ask the other members of his/her group any question regarding the problem(s).

3)  Each person in the group has a responsibility to try to answer questions posed by other members of his/her group.

4)  No two groups may interact.    We will switch groups periodically at random, but not during an activity.

5)  Strictly copying another group member’s work will not be tolerated, and will result in a 0.   








By enrolling in this class, you agree to abide by the guidelines outlined in this course syllabus.