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Topic: Who takes AP Stats? y
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Bob Hayden

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Who takes AP Stats? y
Posted: Feb 28, 1997 12:23 AM
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----- Forwarded message from Mathmanjfb@aol.com -----

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.

----- End of forwarded message from Mathmanjfb@aol.com -----

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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