Elementary Statistics, 7th edition. Mario F. Triola. Copyright 1998, Addison-Wesley
Publishing Company, Inc. (Required)
Statdisk: Student Laboratory Manual and Workbook, 7th edition. Mario F. Triola.
Copyright 1998, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc. (Required)
Student's Solution Manual. Mario F. Triola. Copyright 1998, Addison-Wesley
Publishing Company, Inc. (Optional)
Students who want additional mathematics, but do not want to take Math 116, College
Algebra. Nursing students who intend to transfer to a four year institution that requires
statistics. Students in the business area who wish to increase their mathematical
Successful completion (C or better grade) in Math 098 or satisfactory score on the
Mathematics placement exam.
Math 113 is a beginning level course for the student in elementary applied statistics.
Topics include basic statistical principles; graphic presentation; descriptive measures of
central tendency, dispersion, and location; inferential statistics and hypothesis testing;
analysis and inference of linear correlation coefficient and slope of regression line.
Students will apply statistical concepts to real world situations. Current technology
will be utilized in examining statistical information.
- Applicable toward graduation where program structure permits.
- Certificate or degree: All certificates, A.A.S., A.L.S., A.A, A.S.
- Group requirement: Mathematics
- Area of Concentration: Not applicable.
Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI)
The mathematics component of general education focuses on quantitative reasoning to
provide a base for developing a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college
graduate should be able to apply simple mathematical methods to the solution of
real-world problems. A quantitatively literate college graduate should be able to:
interpret mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics, and
draw inferences from them;
represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically, and
use arithmetic, algebraic, geometric, and statistical methods to solve problems;
estimate and check answers to mathematical problems in order to determine
reasonableness, identify alternatives, and select optimal results; and
recognize the limitations of mathematical and statistical models.
Courses accepted in fulfilling the general education mathematics requirement
emphasize the development of the student's capability to do mathematical reasoning
and problem solving in settings the college graduate may encounter in the future.
General education mathematics courses should not lead simply to an appreciation of the
place of mathematics in society, nor should they be merely mechanical or
computational in character.
To accomplish this purpose, students should have at least one course at the
lower-division level that emphasizes the foundations of quantitative literacy and,
preferably, a second course that solidifies and deepens this foundation to enable the
student to internalize these habits of thought.
Math 113, Introduction to Applied Statistics, satisfies the Illinois Articulation Initiative
Definition of a General Education Mathematics Course. It corresponds to M1 902,
General Education Statistics.
General Course Objective:
To provide necessary statistical background for analyzing data and drawing inferences
from that analysis. To increase the student's mastery of the deductive nature of
reasoning. To understand the nature of critical thinking. To increase the student's
ability in problem solving. To increase the student's ability to work with others towards
a common goal.
Type of Instruction:
Discussion, problem solving, student questions, student participation, and lecture.
Students are expected to have read the material before class and are strongly
encouraged to come to class with a list of questions and to ask these questions.
Method of Evaluation:
Could include any of the following: problem solving exams, objective exams, essays,
research papers, oral presentations, group projects, quizzes, homework.
There will be several one hour examinations and a comprehensive final examination.
Announced and unannounced quizzes may be given. Various homework exercises (to
be announced) may be used in grading. Note: Homework is essential to the study of
mathematics. Letter grades will be assigned to final adjusted scores as follows:
- A - 90 - 100%
- B - 80 - 89%
- C - 70 - 79%
- D - 60 - 69%
- F - below 60%
Consideration will be given to such qualities as attendance, class participation,
attentiveness, attitude in class, and cooperation to produce the maximum learning
situation for everyone.
Late assignments lose 10% of their value per class period.
Any student who is not attending regularly at midterm will be dropped
administratively. However, the student should verify their status if they are concerned.
Any student who stops attending after midterm but does not drop the course will
receive a grade of F.
Several special projects will be included in the course requirements. These will be
selected from videotape reviews, research papers, research projects, group projects, and
a mathematics notebook.
All written work should be in a typed (word processor) format. There should be a
cover page with the title of the assignment and the student's name. All work should be
double spaced. Papers are to be stapled together in the upper left hand corner. All
reference works used, including books, videos, etc., are to be cited using APA
(preferred) or MLA notation. All work is to utilize the English language correctly. It is
suggested that the Reading/Writing Center be utilized for assistance in the preparation
of written work. If written work is submitted late, the instructor may take appropriate
deductions from the grade.
Regular attendance is essential for satisfactory completion of this course. If you have
excessive absences, you cannot develop to your fullest potential in the course. Students
who, because of excessive absences, cannot complete the course successfully, will be
administratively dropped from the class at midterm. If a student stops attending after
midterm, it is the student's responsibility to withdraw to avoid an "F".
The student is responsible for all assignments, changes in assignments, or other verbal
information given in the class, whether in attendance or not.
If a student must miss class, a call to the instructor (RCC's phone system has an
answering system) is to be made, or an email message sent. When a test is going to be
missed, the student should contact the instructor ahead of time if at all possible. Under
certain circumstances, arrangements can be made to take the test before the scheduled
time. If circumstances arise where arrangements cannot be made ahead of time, the
instructor should be notified and a brief explanation of why given by either voice or
email. This notification must occur before the next class period begins. At the
instructors discretion, the score on the final exam may be substituted for the missed
A TI-82 or TI-83 graphing calculator is required in this course. Calculators may be
used to do homework. Calculators may be used on exams and/or quizzes in class
unless otherwise announced. If you are purchasing a calculator, consider getting the
TI-83 instead of the TI-82.
The student should have a pencil, red pen, ruler, and graph paper. The student is
expected to bring calculators and supplies as needed to class. The calculator should be
brought daily. There will be a paper punch and stapler in the classroom.
Office hours will be announced. The student is encouraged to seek additional help
when the material is not comprehended. Mathematics is a cumulative subject;
therefore, getting behind is a very difficult situation for the student.
If your class(es) leave you puzzled, the Student Learning Center is a service that
Richland Community College offers you. It is available free of charge to all RCC
Be sure to get help before it is too late.
Homework out of the book is not collected for a grade. However, some of the
problems on the exams are similar to the "Exercises A" problems in the book. For this
reason, I strongly urge you to work as many of the "A" problems as possible. When a
problem out of the "Exercises B" needs looked at, the instructor will point this out in
class. There is a list of suggested homework problems on the Internet for those
There will be several problems in each chapter assigned out of the laboratory manual.
They will be collected and a grade taken on them. Do not expect your numerical values
to be the same as someone else in the class. You may get different answers. You may
work together in groups on the exercises, but each person needs to turn in a complete
set of exercises (that is, one copy per person, not one copy per group). The laboratory
exercises should be finished by the date due on the calendar for discussion purposes,
but they will be turned in to the instructor on the exam day.
The Statdisk manual assignments may be turned in late, but it will lose 10% of its
original value for each class period late.
This is an applied statistics course. We will be doing many hands-on activities during
the course of the semester that require the student's presence to help gather data. If a
student misses a day that is scheduled for a classroom activity, the student may request
the activity sheet from the instructor, but it will not be worth more than 50% of its
value. Classroom activities lose 10% of its original value for each class period late. It
is the responsibility of the student to request the activity from the instructor.
In this course, we will concentrate on understanding the statistics and relegate the roll
of finding the statistics to technology. We will be using the TI-82/TI-83 graphing
calculator and a couple of computer packages, a Statistical Package for the Social
Sciences (SPSS), and the software written for your book, Statdisk. The licensing on
Statdisk is such that you may take a copy home and install it since you are using the
textbook. You may not take SPSS home, it must be used here at Richland. It is
installed on the computers in your classroom and the outside machines in the open
computer lab, C239.
This is an applied statistics course. We will be doing a couple of lengthy projects in
this course that require group work. Some time will be allocated in-class for
participation, but there will be time outside of class required, also. Computer software
will be used for analysis of the data.
One of these projects will start at the beginning of the semester, will involve the entire
class, and will be designed by the instructor. The other project will be a small group
project designed by each individual group and approved by the instructor.