"The Great Architect of the Universe now begins to appear as a pure mathematician." -- (James Jeans)

Math History Tidbit:

Check out these passages from the Bible: I Kings 7:23 and II Chronicles 4:2. You will find indirect references to indicate that pi is equal to 3 at each location if you know that the circumference of a circle is given by the formula C = 2(pi)R. The passages contain these words and phrases:

cubit : Originally, this was roughly the distance from one's elbow to the end of middle finger. In English measure, it is about 18 inches.

molten sea : A high bowl or tank supported on twelve oxen. (Biblical description appears in I Kings 7:24-26.)

bath : A liquid measure, approximately 6 gallons.

Herkimer's Corner

What does Herkimer's call the underwear worn by a mermaid who likes mathematics?

Answer: Algebra.

Herky 's friends:

DON KEY...this guy raised pack animals.

LOTTA RAIN ...this lady loves Seattle.


Reading: Review Chapter 3 material, as necessary.

Exercises: Quizzes 3.1A, 3.1B, 3.1C, 3.2A, 3.2B, 3.3A, 3.3B, 3.3C


Items for reflection:

You are working with ideas from Chapter 3.

The quizzes cover all of the important concepts inChapter 3. You have two assignment periods to work on them. Thinkcarefully as you work on these problems. Don't get careless andsloppy at this stage of the game. The key phrase is think statistically.




The Practice of Statistics, by Yates, Moore, McCabe. New York,W.H. Freeman and Company, 1999. (ISBN 0-7167-3370-6)

Supplemental books:
The Cartoon Guide to Statistics, by Gonick and Smith. NewYork, HarperCollins Publishers, 1993. (ISBN 0-06-273102-5)
How to Lie with Statistics, by Darrell Huff. New York, W.W.Norton & Company, 1982 (ISBN 0-393-09426-X)

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