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Unformatted text preview: AMS 2: Pre-statistics. Instructor : Bruno Mendes [email protected], Office 141 Baskin Engineering Teaching Assistants : Luis Acevedo-Arreguin [email protected], Office 142 Baskin Engineering March 30, 2010 Introduction This course’s main goal is to help students prepare for Statistics. We will cover the basics of logic and its use in everyday language, the fundamentals of statistical thinking and how we use numbers in our day-to-day life. We will review concepts in algebra, and help students become proficient in solving inequalities, linear and quadratic equations, and graphing func- tions. In particular, we will study the properties of exponential and logarithmic functions. A thorough introduction to summation notation is also part of our plans. Expect to make use of the full standard workload of a typical 5-credit course (15 to 20 hours weekly). Required Text Blizter, Bennett and Briggs (2009), Prestatistics - Custom Edition for AMS2 - UC Santa Cruz. Pearson Education. You will only find this book at the Bay Tree bookstore. There will be a book on reserve at the Science Library. Lectures Porter 144. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:45pm. Discussion sections Sections are not optional. They are part of the requirements to pass this course and attend- ing them is paramount to getting a satisfactory result. There will be a quiz during all sections. This is a way to reward the students who take the time to come to sections and, at the same time, to allow them to see how they are doing in class, although at a very basic level. Office hours Tentative schedule; which will be discussed on the first few classes. Please get in touch with us in case you cannot make any of the times below. Office hours are an important part of 1 the learning process, and we want to make sure that everyone has access to at least one of the office hours sessions per week. Bruno : Thursdays from 2:30pm to 3:30pm at Jack Baskin building, room #141 or Jack’s Lounge (Bruno’s usually in one or the other). Teaching Assistant : Fridays, from 11am to noon, look for Luis at room 142 or Jack’s Lounge at Baskin Engineering. Tutoring We expect this class to have free tutoring support from MSI (Modified Supplemental In- struction). More news during lectures. Their web site is at: http://www2.ucsc.edu/lss/msi.shtml . Free tutoring services can be usually be found at www.cse.ucsc.edu/advising/undergraduate/current/tutor.html although it might be difficult to find persons with the knowledge to help you with the second part of the course. It is our experience that students do not use tutoring sessions (for one reason or another, most quite un-rational) although they need it badly. In order to motivate you a little further to make use of them, I am allowing students who attend at least 5 MSI sessions to drop the second worst score in quizzes and homework (everyone in this course is allowed to drop their worst scores by default to account for emergencies and other exceptions)....
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