Statistics Math1030-90 - Spring 2021 - W 6-8:45pm - Room 256 (zoom)

Instructor: Ted Wetherbee

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, Minnesota 55720

Office: W217
Phone: 218-879-0840

Spring 2021 Class Schedule:
   8- 8:50am MTWHF  Calculus 2       Room 228 (zoom)
  10-10:50am M W F  College Algebra  Room 228 (zoom)
  11-11:50am MTWHF  Calculus 1       Room 188 (zoom)
   6- 8:45pm   W    Statistics       Room 228 (zoom)

Office Hours in Room W217: (zoom)
  Monday   Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday
  9-10am   10-11am  9-10am     10-11am   9-10am

Course Syllabus:

Class materials will be online on D2L under Content. For easier recollection, you can find this course from this URL:

Zoom Class Meetings, Email, Videos

We are starting the semester with zoom classes and may continue using zoom through the semester. Install a zoom client on your computer with a microphone, speaker, and camera. There are zoom apps for iphone and android phones. Test zoom out between devices.

For zoom class sessions, login to D2L and note the zoom ID and password for zoom class meetings. These probably will not change for the course; I would let you know by email if there are changes.

Check your email daily! This is how I'll communicate with the entire class.

Some videos will be put online. You can check this one out to see how they play on your devices:


Make sure that you can view this. If you want to see closed captions (CC), they are in this video. Make sure that your video player can show CC if you want them.


Get to know your star ID and password for D2L and email, and check you email daily. Information will be online from D2L or on this website when you login to the course.

Text (online: Free)

Introductory Statistics
Online:Creative Commons
Local PDF
Local PDFs by section

You should not print out the textbook. It will not disappear. You can download the PDF for viewing on your own machine if this is handy for you. You will probably read some sections more carefully than others. Sections are referenced in the tentative scheule as needed.

Statistics textbooks vary in details; you will note differences if you look through other texts and references. We will use the conventions in this textbook. One weakness of this textbook is that the tables are difficult to use and, notably, difficult to print out in readable form. Here are some common tables in better form:

Standard Normal, Binomial, and T Tables

Calculators, Computers, PEDs (Personal Electronic Devices)

You may have a calculator already, but make sure that it is a scientific calculator which has the needed statistical functions. We will cover this in class.

I recommend, however, the calculator TI-30XS Multiview. This does what you need. Fancier calculators may be more difficult to use. The bookstore sells the TI-30XS Multiview for under $20 . Bring your calculator to class. You must have it for exams and quizzes, so bring it to class everyday and get familiar with it.

Do not play games, email, text, chat, surf, talk, etc. etc. on your PEDs. Turn these things off during class and put them away. PEDs and computers are not allowed for exams or quizzes.

Here are some online calculators, however, you may use for your homework.

Basic Statistics and Standard Normal Distribution Calculators

Exams and Grading

4 tests     4x100 = 400
1 final             200
10 homework 10x10 = 100
                    700 total

90-100%   A
80-90%    B
70-80%    C
60-70%    D
0-60%     F

The Course

This course addresses FDLTCC liberal education requirements (Competencies Across the Curriculum) in problem solving and technology. You should come to class everyday! This is the easy way to do well in any course, and it is especially true for math classes. There are exercises in the text for you to do, and these are usually answered at the end of each chapter. You will also get homework assignments on handouts, and you should complete then hand these in at the beginning of the next class. You homework grade is based on completing and turning in these homework handouts. You will also get sample exams which will be similar in length and content to the in-class exams. Let me know if there is are accommodations you need for the class.

Tentative Schedule

Wed jan13  1 1.1 Basic Definitions and Concepts,
             1.2 Overview,
             1.3 Presentation of data,
             2 1. descriptive statistics,displaying data

Wed jan20  2 2.2 central position,
             2.3 variance

Wed jan27  3 2.4 relative position,
             2.5 STD DEV and Chebyshev's theorem
           T1 (D2L)

Wed feb03  4 3.1 sample spaces
             3.2 set theory

Wed feb10  5 3.3 conditional probability,
             4.1 discrete random variables
             4.2 probability distributions
           Class Exercise: PowerBall
           Class Exercise: Scratch

Wed feb17  6 4.3 binomial distr

Wed feb24  7 5.1 continuous random variables,
             5.2 standard normal distr

Wed mar03  8 5.3 computation: using std normal distr
             5.4 tails of distr

Wed mar10  9 Applications of normal distribution

Spring break

Wed mar24 10 6.1 mean and std dev of the sample mean
             6.2 sampling distr of sample mean

Wed mar31 11 7.1 large sample estimation
             7.2 small sample estimation

Wed apr07 12 7.3 estimation of sample proportion
             7.4 sample size considerations

Wed apr14 13 8.1 hypotheses testing
             8.2 large sample test for population mean
             8.3 significance of a test

Wed apr21 14 Modeling using data
             (see sample final: D2L >> content >> sample_tests)

Wed apr28 15 Final Exam Review
          Final Exam (last day of an evening class)

Wed may05 T1 
Thu may06 T2 (Math2001 Final Exam 8-9:50am Room 228)
             (Math1010 Final Exam 10-11:50am Room 228)
Fri may07 T3 (Math2001 Final Exam 11am-12:50pm Room 188)

Mon may10 NC FDL memorial Day                    
Tue may11 T4 
Wed may12 NC
Thu may13 NC Commencement
Fri may14

Important Dates: Spring 2021
Mid-term Grade Reporting: March 1st – March 5th, 2021
Academic Progress Reporting: February 15th - 19th and April 5th - 9th, 2021
Last Day to Withdraw (from full-semester courses): April 14th, 2021
Summer and Fall 2021 Registration begins: March 15th, 2021

Plagiarism, or presenting the writing of another as your own (a.k.a. “copying”), results in an F for this course and is subject to any other disciplinary actions mandated by this institution and the Minnesota State system.

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