Probability and Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences (with Student Suite Online)

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1 Stat 321 – Day 1 Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
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2 Syllabus Highlights Office hours Webpages Email alias Course structure Role of homeworks Role of textbook Role of quizzes Role and availability of lecture notes/powerpoint Please let me know asap if you drop the course
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3 Myth This course will not be of use to me
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4 Reality Industry managers statistics communication working in groups Your major will help you get a job, but can’t help you keep it
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5 Myth This is just like another Math course
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6 Reality Don’t expect same performance as previous math courses Treat as a foreign language must practice the language There are often several ways to approach a problem and more than one “correct answer”
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7 Example a Washington Post- ABC News poll indicates a Washington Post- ABC News survey
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8 Myth This course will be about memorizing formulas
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9 Reality Not in this class Formulas are supplied on exams How/when to use formulas What does formula/concept mean Computer does the computation tell computer which method interpret computer results
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10 Myth The teacher will physically harm me if I ask a question
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11 Reality Are no stupid questions At least 8 other people have the same question I have more than one way of explaining an idea Warning: I often answer a question with a question
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12 Myth I can succeed in this course with a minimum of effort
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