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Timothy Brown

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Ap Stat Text -Reply
Posted: Feb 9, 1996 10:35 AM
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Congratulations. Somehow your questions started a flood on this
mailing list!
I am teaching a pilot course for the AP Stat course at an
independent school in New Jersey this year. We are using Moore &
McCabe's Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, and I really
like it. It is heavy going in some spots, but if you really have
AP-level students, I think they can handle it. You do have to pick
and choose what you ask them to read. By the way, it was recommended
to me by Fred Djang, who is the only secondary school teacher on
E.T.S.'s advisory committee for developing the exam.
I am also trying to integrate Minitab into the course, because ETS
wants then to be able to read computer output. So far we have been
able to do everything we need to do on the TI-82, with appropriate
programs (I picked up a package of freeware programs for the TI-82 at
the NCTM regional coference in Philly in December--I can't remember
what it's called). The TI-83 will have all that stuff built in. I
may find Minitab more useful when we get further into inference, but
at this point I have to consciously look for ways to use it. I did
look hard at Data Desk last summer, but I think it's harder for
students to learn how to manipulate the data sets.

You definitely should call Addison-Wesley (1-800-447-2226) about the
student edition of Minitab. I can't imagine needing the full version
educational purposes. It is only $40-50, and they'll loan you an
examination copy.

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