Statistics Notebook

You are to gather examples of uses and abuses of statistics during the semester. The examples may come from newspapers, magazines, television, radio, etc. The purpose is to help you become aware of the role of statistics in society, and to begin questioning the validity of the statistics.

Each example should contain the following information:

I will collect your notebooks twice during the semester. Once at midterm, and once at the end. Exact dates are listed on the calendar.

There should be a minimum of ten articles per half-semester. You should be collecting these examples as the semester progresses. Do not collect all of your articles the first day or the last day. You do not have to keep the articles from the first half of the semester for the second half.

Each half-semester's worth of articles is worth twenty-five (25) points for a total of fifty (50) points. 15 of the 25 points are for having the required number of articles. 10 of the 25 points are for having the source, date, and comments about each of the articles.