MAT-221- Fall 2018 Syllabus Elementary Probability and Statistics I Page 1 of 4
MAT 221 - Elementary Probability and Statistics I - Fall 2018 Syllabus
This is the common syllabus for all MAT-221 sections. Each section and recitation instructors will provide their
own contact information. Contact information for all math faculty and teaching assistants are also available at
Special Note on the Drop Deadline: Academic Drop Deadline and the Financial Drop deadline will both occur on
Monday, September 17 (three weeks from the first day of classes). Students may still withdraw from courses after
September 17 but before the withdraw deadline Fri, November 16, 2018; this would place a “WD” grade on their
Course Description: This course is the first course in the Quantitative Skills sequence MAT 221-222. The primary
objective of MAT 221 is to provide students with knowledge of elementary probability and statistics. Students will
learn the basic concepts of descriptive statistics, design of experiments, probability theory, sampling distributions,
and estimation of parameters. Students continuing to MAT 222 will learn how to use statistics to make various
Mathematics Prerequisite: Algebra competency
Textbook: Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, D. S. Moore, G. P. McCabe, and B.A. Craig, 9th edition. Chapters
1-6 will be covered in MAT 221.
Classroom clickers: In the lectures for this course, we will be using classroom clickers by Turning Point
Technology. Clickers are available at the bookstore. If you already have the clicker for another course, it will work
in this course also. You will need to have your clicker and bring it to lecture with you each lecture starting from the
first lecture. It is highly recommended that you put in new batteries at the start of the semester. You may only use
your own clicker; using someone else’s clicker in their absence will be considered a violation of academic integrity
policies of the University (see also the academic integrity policy section later in this syllabus).
Calculator: You will need a calculator to do the computations that will arise throughout the course. No specific
calculator is required, but TI 84 or TI 83 graphing calculator is highly recommended. Calculators are not to be
shared during exams and quizzes.
Attendance: You are expected to attend each course meeting (lectures and recitations). If you miss a class, it is
your responsibility to obtain a copy of the lecture notes for that class from another student. You are also
responsible for any announcements about changes to the course schedule, the exam schedule, or the course
requirements that were made during that class.
Exams: All exams, including the final exam, are closed book and closed notes. Students may use any type of
calculators they wish except calculators capable of wireless communication. Cell phones or any other devices
capable of wireless communication are not allowed. Student ID's will be checked at the exams.
There will be two midterm examinations on the last lecture day of the following weeks:
• Exam 1: Last lecture day of the week of October 1, 2018
• Exam 2: Last lecture day of the week of November 5, 2018
Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive. All students must take the final exam at the scheduled time
which will be a 2-hour block between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12th. There will be no
exceptions, and so you should not make plans to leave campus before 2:30 p.m. on Wed, December 12th.
Quiz: Starting from the second week of classes, there will be a quiz in recitation similar to the homework
problems. The specific sections covered by each quiz will be announced in lecture. The lowest two quiz scores will