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software for AP stats
Posted: Feb 8, 1996 7:37 PM
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Michael Shelly asked for some feedback about software possibilities for
the AP stats course. The student version of Minitab certainly is one
possibility, but costs about $50+ per student, as I recall.

A similar possibility is to use the student version of Data Desk, which
is less expensive (< 30$ per student), and which in my opinion is a
better program, and better suited to the AP course. (Our students are
presently using DD in a Mac Lab--not without problems, but these details
don't seem important at the moment).

A third possibility is to ask students to purchase the new TI-83 graphing
calculator. Students often seem to accept a calculator (portability?
stronger sense of ownership?) more completely than software that may be
available only at school, etc. The -83 is expected to be available in
May or June, will cost about the same as the -82, and is specifically
designed to be (among other things) suitable for the AP stats course.

Bruce King
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810

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