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Our concern focussed on the overall mathematical development of our students and the interface of AP Stats with the several Trig courses that we currently offered. It was agreed by all of the members of the department (a remarkable feat in itself) that AP Stats should not be used as an excuse to circumvent that broad and rich mathematical experiences that we have designed for all of our students.
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Years ago I was a TA at Iowa State. The students in Calculus did not know trig. I did a survey to determine why. The reason was that trig. had gone from being half the senior year to being a topic at the end of the Algebra II book that no one got to. So, for the future engineers and physical scientists, I am glad you have a good trig course. However, I really feel the other 95% of high school students would be better served by a good statistics course. In a typical year
What percentage of the adult population needs to use and interpret data?
What percentage of the adult population needs to use trigonometry?
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