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Teaching discrete mathematics and statistics

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From: ---
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: May 26, 1999 at 18:48:03
Subject: Topics in Discrete Math and Statistics

Next year, I will be teaching a new course called Advanced Topics in
Mathematics. The class is taken by Juniors and Seniors who have had Algebra 2
and a Functions/Statistics/Trigonometry course (some will have had Pre-
Calculus too).  The content will cover:

1) Topics in Discrete: networks- graphs and circuits, matrices- interpreting
powers of matrices related to networks, Euler paths
and circuits and Markov chains.

2) Combinatorics: Counting principles including combinations with
repetitions, Permutations and Combinations, Binomial Theorem, Expanding
polynomials of high degree, and Determining probabilities.

3) Statistics: Study of measures of central tendency, Measures of
dispersion and skewness, Normal distributions, Sampling methods, Central
limit theorem and confidence intervals, and Hypothesis testing- large and
small samples.

Do you have any ideas for resources, teaching methods, or activities?

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