"To us probability is the very guide of life." -- (Bishop Butler, Preface to Analogy.)

Math History Tidbit:

Emilie du Chatelet (France, 1706-1749). Her major work, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, was a French translation on Newton's Principia. She also produced a scholarly manuscript entitled Dissertation on the Nature and Propagation of Fire. du Chatelet was brilliant with numbers. The French philosopher Voltaire claimed he witnessed her find the product of two nine-digit numbers using only mental calculation.


Herkimer's Corner

What question did Herkimer ask when he took his pet termites into a saloon?

Answer: "Is the bar tender here?"

Herky's friends:

DAN D. LYON...a fellow who liked yellow flowers

BARB D. WYRE...she made protective fences that nobody wanted to climb over.

This is the first assignment for the second semester.


Reading: Section 9.1 (pages 456 - 467, and Summary p. 469)

Exercises: 9.8 (do neatly on sheet of paper provided), 9.9, 9.10 (can write responses neatly in book).

Items for reflection:

You are working in Section 9.1

Read very carefully the two paragraphs at thetop of page 467. A very important pointis made here. The size of apopulation has little influence on thebehavior of statistics from random samples.

Key vocabulary in this section:



sampling distribution

biased statistic

unbiased statistic

variability of a statistic




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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