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Daniel S. Yates

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reply to Butch
Posted: Feb 18, 1995 11:44 PM
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This is in response to Butch Chappelle's posting.

Butch: I taught out of the first edition of Moore and McCabe
for six years at a small private college outside Richmond, VA:
Randolph-Macon College. I began teaching a non-calculus based
statistics course that would partially satisfy a six hour math
requirement for graduation, but it also served as a service
course for psych and sociology majors, biology, business and
economics, and political science majors. In 1991 I was lucky
enough to get an NSF Laboratory and Instrumentation grant to
buy 14 Macintosh computers to teach a Mathematica- driven
development of calculus, but I also used them to introduce
statistical packages to my stats students. I used the Student
Edition of Minitab, Release 8, available from Addison-Wesley
for the bargain price of about $40. (I could have used the
TI-81's we also had in the department, but I still wanted to
provide an experience with a "typical" statistical
computational and plotting package.) I developed a half dozen
"special Problems" built around various computer explorations
using Minitab. I'd be happy to share these with you or any
interested readers of this list.

I also have a collection of simulations that I originally wrote
in BASIC for use on a Hewlett-Packard 2000F tim-share
minicomputer, but later adapted for the Apple ][. I'm sure
they could be further adapted for the TI-8x. I have program
listing around here somewhere . . .

A colleague at R-MC and I put together a computer data base of
test items over the years that go with the Moore and McCabe
text. My colleage did most of the typing into the DB. With
the nice cut-and-paste capability of the Mac, I decided that I
really didn't need the data base, as long as I kept several
year's worth of Test 1, Test 2, etc., on the same disk.

I'm glad to see some activity on this list, finally. Thanks
for participating, Butch. We all have to help each other on
this important undertaking.

Dan Yates
Electronic Classroom Off: (804) 226-8725
7053 Messer Rd. FAX: (800) 237-4040
Richmond, VA 23231 email: dyates@pen.k12.va.us

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