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University of Tennessee Math 115 Statistical Reasoning Fall 2014 Departmental Syllabus Text: Essentials of Statistics , by Triola, Fifth Edition (custom printing), Pearson publishers. It is crucial that you get the MyStatLab access code with your textbook. It comes packaged with textbook at the UT bookstore for $122.95; most of the other bookstores near campus sell them packaged together as well. If you purchase the book without the MyStatLab access code you will need to buy one directly from the Pearson website, the cost for the access code alone will be approximately $95. The online homework system comes with access to the eBook. You may buy the access code directly from the Pearson website and not get a hardcopy of the textbook if you wish. Technology/Calculators: The website for the online homework is at the web address see the blackboard website for more details. A graphing calculator is required for this course. The Math Department highly recommends and provides support for the TI-83+ and TI-84+ models, you will need one of these or another calculator capable of doing ALL required functions for this course. Devices with internet capability are prohibited. Course Description: An introduction to probability and statistics without calculus. Not available for credit to students in the College of Business Administration. This course qualifies for 3 credit hours towards the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) distribution requirement. This course is not required for any mathematics degree and therefore does not support the degree-level learning objectives for the Mathematics Department. Quantitative Reasoning distribution requirement from catalog: In today’s world, arguments and claims often rely for support on scientific studies and statistical evidence. Students should possess the mathematical and quantitative skills to evaluate such evidence. Furthermore, students should possess the skills both to recognize the quantitative dimension of problems and to use mathematical reasoning to formulate and solve the problem. Finally, students need strong quantitative skills because they are indispensable in managing everyday-life situations. Course Goals: Mark Twain once said “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies and statistics.” I prefer to say “Statistics don’t lie, statisticians do,” as statistics tell you exactly what they tell you, nothing more and nothing less. To avoid being misled, it is imperative that a person be statistically literate. As a student taking this course you will be formally introduced to many of the commonly used statistics. You will gain the necessary knowledge to effectively reason through what the statistics really are saying and you will develop the quantitative skills needed to do your own statistical analysis.
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