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Bob Hayden

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Registered: 12/6/04
Posted: Feb 15, 1996 11:02 AM
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> > To Pat, Nancy, and others: I am piloting the A. P. Stats course
> > this year, and I am using the Moore and McCabe text (2d ed.), the Student
> > Edition of Minitab (Mac and Windows versions, but I avoid the DOS
> > version!)

> Why? I use it more than the Windows version, which is also on my PC.
> Even if you prefer Windows, files saved by the DOS version are
> compatible with far more versions on other platforms.

> > One of the most interesting observations I could make is with
> > regard to the caliber of high school students I have this year, compared
> > with the students I used to have in the college classrooms. Many (most??)
> > of the students I have now are "math or science oriented" with pretty
> > decent algebra and mathematical reasoning skills, while most of the college
> > students I got were there to satisfy the math requirement and were from
> > various service areas (psychology, sociology, life science, political
> > science, and economics). I saw almost no math, physical science, or
> > computer science majors in my intro stat college classes. I see A. P.
> > Statistics as a way to catch these good folks before they get to college
> > and get talked into some fast track program that doesn't involve
> > introductory statistics (which I consider important for everyone).

> This is precisely why I have to hedge some of my comments with
> "depending on the students". High school teachers often fear that
> college professors like me will recommend some book that is way over
> the heads of their students. In fact, a high school teacher doing AP
> stats. may well succeed with a text that would be way over the heads
> of my college students, who are like the ones described here.


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