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.
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