AP* Statistics - Syllabus

Correlation != Causation
  • Mr. Ryan Cain – Room H208                 


    941-575-5450 ext7125


    Course Description

    AP* (Advanced Placement) coursework is administered through College Board and allows high-performing students the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school.  The course is weighted as an AP* course and is taught at a higher level.  Students will learn various concepts relating to the gathering, experimenting, manipulation of, and testing data relating to the study of statistics.  Only upon receiving a successful score on the AP* exam in May, will students receive college credit for an introductory statistics course. What will equate to a successful score depends on the college you attend.


    Course Prerequisites

    This course requires a student to have successfully completed Algebra II. The class mainly consist of juniors and seniors.


    Text and Suggested Supplies

    Text supplied by school: Stats: Modeling the World (AP® Edition) (4th Edition) by Pearson 

    Supplies: TI - 84+ CE, supplies to take notes and be organized

    *If you already have an older TI Model, it will work, but might not contain all required functions, or desirable features*



    This is a lecture-style course where students are expected to take notes. The teacher will provide several examples for the students to follow and if time allows, guided practice during class. The students are expected to complete every assignment, read their text, and review their work on a daily basis. There are also numerous labs where students will be expected to be actively engaged in gathering data as well as the ongoing discussion during the lab. Students should be prepared for quizzes and projects given at the teacher’s discretion.



    Homework is assigned through MathXL. Homework for the entire chapter is assigned at the beginning of the chapter and is typically due the day of the test/quiz for that chapter, about a week later. Tests and quizzes will also be given throughout the year.





    *subject to change as necessary*


    Classroom Expectations   

    • Students are expected to be on time and prepared for every class.
    • Students are required to participate in class.
    • No food or drink other than water is allowed in the classroom.
    • Be respectful to others.


    Course Objectives

    1. Student will be able to design studies that allow for statistical inference.
    2. Students will gain an understanding of univariate and bivariate data, and how to apply it to data sets.
    3. Students will obtain the ability to identify a normal distribution, and be able to make statistical inferences based on this observation.
    4. Students will extend their understanding of probability, and how it relates to probability distributions.
    5. Students will understand the different methods for sampling distributions, and what it implies for statistical inferences.
    6. Students will demonstrate proficiency in identifying the correct test for inference for both means and proportions.