Understandable Statistics Concepts and Methods

ISBN-10: 0618496580

ISBN-13: 9780618496587

Edition: 8th 2006 (Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.)

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Description: "Understandable Statistics" is a thorough, yet approachable statistics text. Designed to help students overcome their apprehension about statistics, the text provides guidance and informal advice showing students the links between statistics and their everyday lives. To reinforce this approach, the book integrates real-life data selected from a variety of sources including journals, periodicals, newspapers and the Internet. The use of graphing calculators, Excel, Minitab and SPSS is covered, but not required. A set of technology resources accompanying the Eighth Edition, designed to provide reinforcement for struggling students, includes a market-leading video and DVD series, interactive lessons, and simulations."Procedures," brief summary outlines, review the basic assumptions and statistical methods of each section."Solutions and key-steps to odd-numbered problems" reflect the steps shown in the procedures."Expand Your Knowledge" problems challenge students to explore and expand upon basic concepts presented in the text."Interactive lessons," available in Eduspace online learning environment, combine animation, voice instruction, video, and other elements to illustrate important statistical concepts."e-Book" (electronic version of the text) provides an enhanced learning environment that reinforces concepts through the use of web links, interactive lessons, simulations, and video."Simulations" (Java-based applets) allow students to manipulate data to simulate the effects of changes in the statistical environment."Technology Focus problems" now include instructions for the SPSS statistical software package."Guided Exercises" immediately following selected examples give students theopportunity to work with new concepts before they are presented in the text. Completely worked-out solutions beside each exercise give immediate reinforcement."Chapter Preview Questions" ask the most pertinent questions that a student should be able to answer after reading the chapter material. Section numbers provided with the questions refer students to the relevant material in the text."Tech Notes!" provide general tips on appropriate use of the TI-83 Plus, Minitab, SPSS, and Excel. They also incorporate display screens from each of these technologies to help students work through a statistical problem and better understand the solution. Denoted by an icon, Tech Notes appears in section examples when appropriate."Data Highlights: Group Projects" at the end of each chapter give students practice at the type of collaborative work they might be expected to do when they enter the workforce.Eduspace provides instructors with online courses and content. By pairing the widely recognized tools of Blackboard with high-quality, text-specific content from Houghton Mifflin, Eduspace makes it easy for instructors to create all or part of a course online. Homework exercises, quizzes, tests, tutorials, and supplemental study materials come ready to use and can be edited or supplemented with instructors' own material.The Instructor's Resource Manual features a complete version of the text with added teaching tips, pedagogical suggestions, and answers located in the margins next to the applicable exercises.

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List price: $276.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 1/4/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 912
Size: 8.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 4.554
Language: English

Charles Brase has more than 30 years of full-time teaching experience in mathematics and statistics. He taught at the University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus, for several years and at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, for more than 28 years. Charles received the Excellence in Teaching award from the University of Hawaii and the Faculty Member of the Year from Regis University on two occasions. He earned degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has a Ph.D. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Mathematics, and a B.A. in Physics.

Corrinne has taught at Hawaii Pacific College, Honolulu Community College, and Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. She was also involved in the mathematics component of an equal opportunity program at the University of Colorado. Corrinne received the Faculty of the Year award from Arapahoe Community College. She earned degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has an M.A. and B.A. in Mathematics.

Getting Started Focus Problem: Where Have All the Fireflies Gone?
What Is Statistics?
Random Samples
Introduction to Experimental Design
Organizing Data Focus Problem: Say It with Pictures
Bar Graphs, Circle Graphs, and Time-Series Graphs
Frequency Distributions, Histograms, and Related Topics
Stem-and-Leaf Displays
Averages and Variation Focus Problem: The Educational Advantage
Measures of Central Tendency: Mode, Median, and Mean
Measures of Variation
Mean and Standard Deviation of Grouped Data
Percentiles and Box-and-Whisker Plots Cumulative Review Problems: Chapters 1-3
Elementary Probability Theory Focus Problem: How Often Do Lie Detectors Lie?
What is Probability?
Some Probability Rules--Compound Events
Trees and Counting Techniques
The Binomial Probability: Distribution and Related Topics Focus Problem: Personality Preference Types: Introvert or Extrovert?
Introduction to Random Variables and Probability Distributions
Binomial Probabilities
Additional Properties of the Binomial Distribution
The Geometric and Poissson Probability Distributions
Normal Distributions Focus Problem: Large Auditorium Shows: How Many Will Attend?
Graphs of Normal Probability Distributions
Standard Units and Areas Under the Standard Normal Distribution
Areas Under Any Normal Curve
Normal Approximation to the Binomial Distribution Cumulative Review Problems: Chapters 4-6
Introduction to Sampling Distributions Focus Problem: Impulse Buying
Sampling Distributions
The Central Limit Theorem
Sampling Distribution for Proportions
Estimation Focus Problem: The Trouble with Wood Ducks
Estimating m When o Is Known
Estimating m When o Is Unknown
Estimating p in the Binomial Distribution
Choosing the Sample Size
Estimating m1-m2 and p1-p2
Hypothesis Testing Focus Problem: Benford\'s Law: The Importance of Being Number 1
Introduction to Statistical Tests
Testing the Mean m
Testing a Proportion p
Tests Involving Paired Differences (Dependent Samples)
Testing m1-m2 and p1-p2 Cumulative Review Problems: Chapters 7-9
Correlation and Regression Focus Problem: Changing Populations and Crime Rate
Scatter Diagrams and Linear Correlation
Linear Regression and the Coefficient of Determination
Inferences for Correlation and Regression
Multiple Regression
Chi Square and F Distributions Focus Problem: Stone Age Tools and Archaeology Part I. Inferences Using the Chi-Square Distribution
Chi-Square: Tests of Independence
Chi-Square: Goodness of Fit
Testing and Estimating a Single Variance or Standard Deviation Part II. Inferences Using the F Distribution
Testing Two Variances
One-Way ANOVA: Comparing Several Sample Means
Introduction to Two-Way ANOVA
Nonparametric Statistics Focus Problem: How Cold? Compared to What?
The Sign Test for Matched Pairs
The Rank-Sum Test
Spearman Rank Correlation
Runs Test for Randomness
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