Life of Fred: Statistics
ISBN: 9780970999559, Hardcover
Statistics is the second book in the Life of Fred University Mathematics Series, however, it can be used before calculus if desired; it provides one years' worth of college-level statistics. There is one half-chapter that does require calculus, but is not necessary to complete the course. Students should have basic knowledge of algebra, and a very brief 5-question placement exam is provided at the beginning to test student familiarity with basic concepts.
Eight chapters are included as well as a "field guide." Within each chapter "Your Turn to Play" sections are provided, which give students the opportunity to practice new concepts with problems (and have completely worked-out solutions to check answers!) Six "cities" exercises are featured at the end of each chapter; sets are named after a city and should each take approximately 20-40 minutes to complete. The first two cities have all answers supplied; the second pair have answers to the odd-numbered problems. The other answers may be found in the sold-separately Life of Fred Statistics City Answers.
The Field Guide is designed for students who need to understand statistics quickly; they can simply turn to the guide and learn what test to use, where to find an explanation of test, where it's listed in the field guide, and what table to use.
Life of Fred Statistics covers: Descriptive Statistics (averages, measures of dispersion, types of distributions), Probability, Bayes' Theorem, From a Given Population Determine What Samples Will Look Like (7 tests), Techniques of Sampling, From a Given Sample Determine What the Population Was (14 tests), Determine Whether Two Given Samples Came From the Same Population (15 tests), Working With Three or More Samples (10 tests), Emergency Statistics Guide, and Regression Equations.
Life of Fred is a unique, complete (not supplemental), math program that uses a highly engaging narrative to teach math without fear and with enjoyment. Students follow the life of Fred Gauss (a math professor who grows up to the age of six), who has many humorous, unlikely, and zany adventures over the course of the curriculum. Math becomes relevant and important because the need for math occurs in Fred's life (and he sees math everywhere). Witty and truly entertaining, these books will engage students in a way unlike any other math program - --while also instilling a solid understanding of the principles of mathematics without an abundance of repetitive drills. This series is perfect for inquisitive students who struggle with the relevance of math, or anyone looking for a creative approach to mathematic thinking!
544 pages, indexed; hardcover, non-consumable textbook with Smyth-sewn binding. Students write their answers on separate paper.