We are currently in the process of revamping our developmental pathways leading to college-level mathematics and this has led to a question about the pre-requisites for introductory statistics. Intermediate algebra is the gateway course to all college-level math classes. However, there is little or no overlap between intermediate algebra content and statistics content.
What topics, if any, are necessary to master from algebra to be successful in statistics?
My current thinking is that one quarter of college level writing is a more appropriate prerequisite than algebra since so much of statistics involves interpretation and being able to verbalize results in full sentences.
What are your prerequisites for statistics?
Andrea L. Motyka, Ph.D. Mathematics Peninsula College 1502 E Lauridsen Blvd Port Angeles, WA 98362 360.417.6583