"Every new body of discovery is mathematical in form, because there is no other guidance we can have." -- (Charles Darwin)

Math History Tidbit:

Persian-born Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) was both a poet and a mathematician. He is the author of a collection of poetry titled Rubaiyat. He contributed much to mathematics, including finding geometrical solutions for cubic equations and calendar reform, suggesting a cycle of 33 years that included 8 years with 366 days. Ever the poet, his reforms are referenced in the Rubaiyat:

Ah, but my Computations, People say,
Reduced the Year to better reckoning? -
'Twas only striking from the Calendar
Unborn Tomorrow, and dead Yesterday.

Herkimer's Corner

Why was Herkimer always tired on April 1?

Answer: He had just finished a March of 31 days.

Things Herky would like to know:

Why do you drive on a parkway and park in a driveway?

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to see it, do the other trees make fun of it?


Reading: Review Chapter 3, as necessary

Exercises: Do Test 3A (handout in class) as a review exercise.

Items for reflection:

You are working with ideas from Chapter 3.

Test 3A represents an excellent review of the keyideas and concepts presented in Chapter 3. Here are just a fewimportant points:




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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