Introduction to Mathematics (Statistics) 230 (3 Units)
This course satisfies General Education Credits in the Mathematical Sciences. Students learn how to summarize data and how to make appropriate decisions based on such data. This course in an introductory course that assumes no prior knowledge of statistics but does assume some knowledge of high school algebra. Basic statistical concepts and methods are presented in a manner that emphasizes understanding the principles of data collection and analysis rather than theory. Much of the course will be devoted to discussions of how statistics is commonly used in the real world. The major parts of this course is Data—that is graphical and numerical summaries to describe the distribution production to learn how to design good surveys and experiments, collect data from samples that are representative of the whole population, and avoid common sources of biases. Probability an inference which is using the language of probability and the properties of numerical summaries computed from random samples. Students learn how to draw conclusions about the population of interest, based on random samples and attach a measure of reliability to them. Students will need a calculator that has some basic statistical functions and a reliable computer. By the end of this course students would have composed a research paper from a prior learning course(s) that includes statistical data.