Syllabus for Math 121, Winter 2020

Course Description

Descriptive statistics, elementary probability, central tendency, variability, random variables (discrete and continuous) confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, ANOVA, contingency tables

Important Dates

First day of classes is on Wednesday, January 8th.

Last day to add/drop a class online without a fee is on Friday, January 10th.

Last day to add a class with faculty signature is on Friday, January 17th.

Martin Luther King Day is on Monday, January 20th.

Last day to drop a class (with fee) is on Wednesday, January 29th.

Withdrawls begin with W or WF is on Monday, February 10th.

President's Day is on Monday, February 17th.

Last day to withdraw from a class (with fee) is on Thursday, February 27th.

Kuhio Day Holiday is on Thursday, March 26th.

Reading Day is on Saturday, April 11th.

Reading Day is on Monday, April 13th.

Last day of classes (including finals) is on Friday, April 17th.

Calculators and Computers

A calculator that is capable of performing statistical calculations (up to linear regression) is highly recommended for the course. Some choices include the TI-83, TI-84, TI-85, TI-86, HP-48, HP-49, or HP-50. If possible, the TI-83, TI-84, or the HP-50 are particularly useful for this course. In addition, the statistical package StatCrunch will be used extensively throughout the course. The package will run on any broswer on any computer system and will be available to use on an exam as well.

Mathematics Learning Center

The MLC (GCB 173/177) is a good place for math students to study. Other students will be there working on their math homework, which means its a pretty good place to work together. To make it even better, there are math tutors to help on problems that you or your classmates can't solve.

Additional Help

Seek help if and when you need it! The best time to catch me at my office is during my office hours, or by appointment. Email me to schedule an appointment. Use email to ask me a question!


Attendance is mandatory! Come every day! Your attendance and full participation in this class are required for a satisfactory grade. You are responsible for any material covered during your absence! You must ask other classmates for any hints or help learned in class during your absence! Prolonged absence from class or often arriving to class late will lower a student's grade.

Classroom Decorum.

Late arrival or early departure from class, unless by prior agreement with me, is considered to be disruptive classroom behavior. Conversation between students during presentations is considered disruptive behavior. If you find that you are distracted during classroom presentations by disruptive behavior of any sort, please talk with me.

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to provide students an introduction to the the study of statistics. Statistics have become a big part of our everyday lives (e.g. on the internet, television, newspapers, ads, polls, etc.) One objective is to provide you tools to be able to understand information given through statistics. Another objective is for you to express your knowledge of statistics to others, especially to others that may not have a good understanding of statistics. This is especially important when explaining the results of studies. Development of your problem solving skills, as well as your reasoning skills should be enhanced through the study of statistics.

Instructional Methods

The primary instructional method will be lecture and discussion, where the initial portion of the class is available for questions. Secondary methods include online homework and quizzes, and online and written exams. Tertiary methods may include class handouts, student board work, graphing calculators, computer statistical software.

Homework and Quizzes

Homework will be assigned and completed online at the MyStatLab website (links on Canvas). You should have the homework completed the class period after we cover the section in class. Make sure you keep up! You need to be self-motivated. If you do not do any homework, then you will not pass this class! Homework is your opportunity to prepare for the quizzes and exams. Online Quizzes will need to be taken for each chapter we cover.


The tests will be in the the Testing Center, except for the final, which will be in our classroom. Students who fail to take an exam during the scheduled time may only take a make-up exam for full credit if previous arrangements were made with the instructor or under extenuating circumstances. Make-up exams are rarely given. Note that class is not held during exam times; hence, the scheduled class time may be used to take exams. Under no circumstances will the lowest exam score be dropped. A schedule of the exams is on the calendar for section 1.

Exam Material covered
1 Chapter 1-4
2 Chapter 5-7
3 Chapter 8, 12, 9
4 Chapter 10, 11, 14
Final comprehensive

Final Exam Policy

School policy dictates: "Final exams are to be offered on the specific day and time as determined by the official university exam schedule. Students must plan travel, family visits, etc., in a way that will not interfere with their final exams. Less expensive air fares, more convenient travel arrangements, family events or activities, and any other non-emergency reasons are not considered justification for early or late final exams.'' Exceptions to this policy are as follows and should be submitted in writing to the Dean of the college or school as soon as possible:

Grading and Evaluation

Your course grade will be based on exams, a final, online homework, and online quizzes. Exams will be worth 70% of the course grade, with 15% in homework and the remaining 15% in quizzes. Letter grades will be assigned as follows:

A 93-
A- 90-93
B+ 87-90
B 83-87
B- 80-83
C+ 75-80
C 70-75
C- 65-70
D 55-65
D- 50-55
F Below 50

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