Math 113 - Introduction to Applied Statistics
Spring Semester, 1996
Section 01: 5:30 - 7:20 pm, MW, S137
Instructor: James Jones
Phone: 875-7211, ext 490
Elementary Statistics, 6th edition. Mario F. Triola. Copyright 1995, Addison-Wesley Publishing
Company, Inc. (Required)
Statdisk Student Laboratory Manual and Workbook, 4th edition. Mario F. Triola. Copyright
1995, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc. (Required)
Student's Solution Manual. Mario F. Triola. Copyright 1995, 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 knowledge.
Successful completion (C or better grade) in Math 098 or satisfactory score on the Mathematics
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.
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
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=0-59%. Consideration will be given to such qualities as attendance, class participation,
attentiveness, attitude in class, and cooperation to produce the maximum learning situation for
Any student who stops attending without dropping 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
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.
The student is responsible for all assignments, changes in assignments, or other verbal information
given in the class, whether you are 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. If an exam is to be missed, a phone call is to be made and a written notice
given. If the instructor is not contacted, the grade will be zero. If a student misses an exam, and
gives written notice, the percent score of the final exam will be used in its place. The student
should be careful in exercising this policy, as it is very rare when a student gets a noticeably higher
grade on the final exam. This substitution of the final exam percent will be done once, and only
once. Any other examination missed will receive a grade of 0. If a student does not give written
notice of missing the exam, the option of using the final exam score as a substitute grade will not
be done, and the grade will be zero.
Calculators may be used to do homework. Calculators may be used on exams and/or quizzes in
class unless otherwise announced. The calculator should be a scientific calculator capable of
doing statistical work. The calculator should be brought to class daily. A graphing calculator,
such as the TI-82, is a useful tool, but not required.
The student should have a red pen, ruler, graph paper, stapler, and paper punch. 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 Study Assistance Center is a service that Richland
Community College offers you. It is available free of charge to all RCC students.
Be sure to get help before it is too late.
Homework out of the book is not collected for a grade. However, many of the problems on the
exams come straight out of 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.
The following problems will be 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 will each get different answers. You may, however, work together in groups on
the lab 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 due date for each will be announced in class, but will
generally be before the chapter test because concepts from the lab exercises will be contained on
2. 1 - 4, 6, 8, 14
3. 1 - 5, 7 - 12, 18
4. 1 - 6, 11 - 12
5. 1, 2, 4 - 5
6. 1 - 6, 9 - 14
7. 1 - 3, 5 - 7, 10 - 12
8. 1 - 5, 16 - 18
9. 1 - 6, 11 - 13*
10. 1 - 5, 9 - 14
11. 1 - 6
See the lab exercises on the Internet for help with problems 9.11 and 9.12. Chances are good
that we won't be doing the chapter 11 lab exercises.