"It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that the can't see the problem." -- (G. K. Chesterton)

Math History Tidbit:

Mathematical Drought in Western World (500 - 1200):

The Islamic world represented fertile ground for both mathematical development and the preservation of ancient mathematical knowledge during the Middle Ages. The city of Baghdad (now the capital of Iraq) was established in 766 and became a flourishing intellectual center where, among other things, important works of the ancient Greeks where translated into Arabic for study.

Herkimer's Corner

What did Herkimer call the headache he got when he accidentally spilled a load of wheat on the highway?

Answer: My grain headache.

Herky 's words of wisdom:

Birthdays are good for you - the more you have, the longer you live.

In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.

Reading: Section 3.1, pages 107 - 112.

Exercises: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 (WNIB), 3.5
A reminder that WNIB means you can "write neatly in book." That is, you can jot down the short answers required by the problem statement in the text. For 3.5, you should use your TI-83 and get a scatterplot. Then neatly draw a representation of what you see on a separate sheet of paper, and respond to the questions.


Items for reflection:

You are in Section 3.1.

It is suggested that you look at pages 187 - 188in The Cartoon Guide toStatistics.

A very important thought that you should alwayskeep in mind: While there may be a fairly obvious relationshipbetween two variables, it does not follow that one causes the other.Association does not implycausation.





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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