Intro. to Statistics - Spring 2019 - MWF 6-8:45pm - Room 256

Instructor: Ted Wetherbee

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

Office: W217
Phone: 218-879-0840

Spring 2019 Class Schedule:
   9- 9:50am M W F Statistics            Room 228
  10-10:50pm M W F College Algebra       Room 228
  12-12:50pm M W   Intro. to Programming Room 208
   6- 8:45pm   W   Statistics            Room 256  

Office Hours in Room W217:
  Monday     Wednesday    Friday
  11am-noon  11am-noon    11am-noon
  1-2pm      5-6pm

Course Website:

All materials handed out in class will be online from this web site. For easier recollection, you can find this course from this URL:

All current and past assignments are on the course website listed by date under the tentative schedule.

Text (online: Free)

Introductory Statistics
Online: (HTML,

local PDFs

I strongly recommend that you DO NOT print out the entire textbook. Save the PDF somewhere for your reference. As usual for such textbooks, it covers all bases. You will probably read some sections carefully but skip through most. You will surely not do every exercise, but plenty of exercises are there for your practice and reference.

Calculators, Computers, PEDs (Personal Electronic Devices)

You may have a calculator already, but make sure that it is a scientific calculator. If you need to buy one, I recommend a cheap calculator like a TI-30XS. This does what you need, and the bookstore sells them for under $20 .

The TI 83+ and 84 are the most popular TI models, but the TI 85 and 86 also work well. Casio also has nice graphing calculators. The TI 89 is harder to use for this class and is just about the same cost as a mini- notebook computer which can be loaded up with free and better mathematical software. In any case, bring a scientific calculator to class. You can use these for exams and quizzes.

Do not play games, email, text, chat, surf, talk, etc. etc. on your PEDs. Turn these things off during class and put them away. At times a PED, laptop, or other computer device may be useful in class. Still, turn them off and put them away until you are told when they will be useful and allowed. PEDs and computers are not allowed for exams or quizzes.

Exams and Grading

3 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 jan16  1 1. descriptive statistics:1.1
             2.1 data
             h1, d1
Wed jan23  2 2.2 mean
             2.3 variance
             2.4 position

Wed jan30  3 FREEZE DAY

Wed feb06  4 3. probability
             Review Sample Test 1
             Test 1

Wed feb13  5 3. probability h4

Wed feb20  6 4. discrete random variables h5

Wed feb27  7 Review; test 2 Sample Test 2

Wed mar06  8 5. continuous random variables h6 = Sample test 3

Spring Break

Wed mar20  9 normal approximation to the binomial h7

Wed mar27 10 6. sampling distributions; Review; test 3 h8

Wed apr03 11 7. estimation h9, h10, h11
             Sample Test 4

Wed apr10 12 review; test 4; 8. testing hypotheses 

Wed apr17 13 8. hypothesis testing;  h12

Wed apr24 14 9 2-sample problems; 10. correlation and regression

Wed may01 15 brief review; Final Exam Sample Final

Wed may08 T1
Thu may09 Holiday
Fri may10 T2 10-12 room 228 (math1010), 12-2 room 208 (csci1020)

Mon may13 T3 9-11 room 228 (math1030-day)
Tue may14 T4


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.

Disabilities Notice

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehab Act, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College provides students with disabilities (e.g., mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory or physical) reasonable accommodation to participate in educational programs, activities or services. Students with disabilities requiring accommodation to participate in class activities or meet course requirements should first complete an intake form and necessary requirements with Nancy Olsen, Disability Services coordinator, to establish an accommodation plan. She can be reached at or 218-879-0819.

Sexual Violence

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Please be aware that all Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College employees are required to report any incidents of sexual violence and, therefore it cannot guarantee the confidentiality of a report, but it will consider a request for confidentiality and respect it to the fullest extent possible. If you wish to report sexual misconduct or have questions about school policies and procedures regarding sexual misconduct, please contact Anita Hanson, Dean of Student Services, at 218-879-0805 or

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