"On the basis of my historical experience, I fully believe that mathematics of the twenty-fifth century will be as different from that of today as the latter is from the sixteenth century." -- (George Sarton)

Math History Tidbit:
Chiu-Chang Suan-Shi (Nine Chapters of the Mathematical Art) is a Chinese mathematical document that was written around 200 B.C. Among other things, this amazing document shows that the Chinese knew how to use negative numbers in computations, a concept their Western counterparts had not yet discovered. Its authorship is unknown. Around 250 A.D., mathematician Liu Hui revised the text and expanded its contents.

Herkimer's Corner

When Herkimer wanted to get up at 5 AM, why did he sleep under and old car?

Answer: So he would wake up oily in the morning.

Things Herky would like to know:
What do you do when you see an endangered animal that is about to eat an endangered plant?

If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?

Reading: Section 2.1, pages 73-77 and Summary (pages 78-79)

Exercises: 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.14.



Items for reflection:

You are in Section 2.1.

This section is important. It is suggested thatyou also spend some time going over the Section 2.1 summary. (Link tosummaries is below.)





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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