"Where there is number there is beauty." - (Proclus, 410-485)


Math History Tidbit:

Statistics: Our word statistics comes from the Latin words stato ("state") and statista ("one who serves the state" or "politician"). Statistics were originally facts or data that pertained to the state.

Herkimer's Corner

Why was Herkimer delighted when his favorite sea gull found a mate?

Answer: He believed that one good tern deserves another.

Herky wants to know:

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

If a person who plays the piano is a pianist, why isn't a person who drives a race car called a racist?


Reading: Section 11.1, pages 605-608 (note the information in the box at the bottom of page 606).

Exercises: Problems on handout sheets.

(1) Sheet with 4 multiple choice, 2 essays.

(2) Sheet with essay #6 from 1999 AP.


Items for reflection:

You are working in section 11.1.

Your assignment involves doing problem #6 on lastyear's AP Exam. Many test-takers confused parts (a) and (b), whichreference two distinct questions. Study this problemcarefully.

Rules for using the t-test:





The Practice of Statistics, by Yates, Moore, McCabe. New York,W.H. Freeman and Company, 1999. (;l 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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