"How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought independent of experience, is so admirable adapted to the objects of reality." -- (Albert Einstein)

Math History Tidbit
Contrary to popular belief,
Pythagoras (c. 550 B.C.) and his followers, the Pythagoreans, who contributed much to the development of mathematics, were not scientific sages. They were number mystics.

Herkimer's Corner

Why did Herkimer have trouble making Kool-Aid?

Answer: He couldn't figure how to get two quarts of water into the little envelope.

Herky's friends:
G. HOWIE SHIVERS ...this guy is a refrigeration specialist.
HOWIE GETINDERE ... this fellow is a locksmith

Reading: Pages 4-8.

Pages 8-9, do exercises 1.2, 1.3 (WNIB)
WNIB means "write neatly in book." If you keep your textbook in good shape throughout the year, it can be an excellent review source.

You are in SECTION 1.1.



exploratory data analysis

categorical variable

quantitative variable

distribution of a variable

bar chart

pie chart

Unless otherwise indicated, all reading andassignments will reference our basic text, The Practice of Statistics. Wewill complete Chapter 1 in one week. Note that the chapter containstwo sections (1.1 and 1.2). I have attempted to summarize eachsection in the text on summary pages that are linked to attachmentpages.




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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