The purpose of this course is to offer students college-level mathematics under the guideline of the advanced placement program. The focus is on preparation for the statistics test given by the College Examination Board. Topics of study will include exploring data, using measurement in planning a study, producing models using probability and simulation to anticipate patterns, and statistical interference. Calculators and computers will serve as instructional tools in concept development. The purpose of the AP course in statistics is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.
Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:
• Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns
• Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study
• Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation
• Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses