Stat 300 Textbook
ACCESS CODE REQUIRED/ TEXTBOOK OPTIONAL
FOR SHORT TURN AROUND: If you have less than 2-weeks before the start of the semester, DO NOT ORDER THE TEXTBOOK ONLINE AND HAVE IT MAILED TO YOU. The mailing delay will undermine the start-up timeline for the course and set you up for failure from the start. If you cannot visit the bookstore in person, I suggest buying the online access code from the course compass website and using the ebook instead of a printed text.
DO NOT BUY A USED COPY OF THE TEXT for more than $50 because you will have to add the approx. $80 for the access code--which will make it cheaper to buy the book new as a Package Deal. (If the cost of textbook is an issue, consider buying the access code only and using the online e-book)
OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED :
• LECTURE NOTES PACKETS, by Mary Martin. Available for purchase at CRC bookstore, or download and print each chapter notes packet yourself (they are all posted on our website). I don't get any money from this, I just make it available because I think it is easier for my students. Purchasing the bookstore's packet of Lecture Notes means you don't have to use your own paper or ink to print, the pages are printed back to back to save space and paper, and the packet includes the Stat tables and "How To" instructions for your calculator commands in each chapter. But you can also choose to print them yourself.
• REQUIRED STATISTICAL GRAPHING CALCULATOR: TI-Graphing Calculator (with built-in Statistics menu): TI-83, 83-plus, TI-84 or 84-plus (Note: The TI-89 also has the built-in Stat functions)
My philosophy for this course is to teach you the concepts and mechanics behind the probability and statistical formulas. However, once you understand what the formula does and what it is used for, my course relies on the TI statistical calculator to speed up the computation process, by letting the calculator do the 'nitty-gritty' of messy formulas. Instead, my course emphasizes what the results tell you beyond just how to compute them. (I also make sure you know how to use the calculator by providing step by step handouts and in-class examples that demonstrate how to that take advantage of the built-in commands this calculator provides)
Therefore, it is an essential element of the course and a COURSE REQUIRMENT (printed in the schedule before you registered) for each student to have one of the TI statistical calculators: TI-83, TI-83plus, TI-84 or TI-84plus. (TI-89 also has Stat menu)