Math 148   -    Elementary Statistics for Biologists   -    Spring 2019

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Last update: April 10, 2019 - 8:00 PM
NOTE that This document pertains to ALL sections of the course!

Welcome to Math 148!

MATH 148: Elementary Statistics for Biologists is an introduction to basic statistical concepts. This course is different fromMATH 147: Elementary Statistics in the following way: It primarily addresses students of biology and medicine who are, at least to some degree, quantitatively oriented. Accordingly this course will be somewhat more "mathy" than Math 147. The text for this course is Stats - Data & Models, 4th edition from De Veaux, Velleman and Bock. We will cover the majority of parts I through VI (ch. 1 - 25), including sampling, regression, probability, binomial distribution, normal distribution, sample average, sample standard deviation, confidence intervals and tests of statistical hypotheses. If time allows we will also do ANOVA and/or multiple regression. We will focus on numerous examples on our way to understanding how statistics is a powerful tool for analyzing data.

Instructor: Dr. Michael Fochler
Office: WH 222      Office hours: Mon 1:30 - 3:00,    Tue 11:30 - 1:00
Email     mfochler@math.binghamton.edu

Lecture: Mon Wed Fri 12:00 - 1:00 PM in LH 008

Section info:

Section Section TA Meeting
A 01 Mengyu Chen -- mchen2@math.binghamton.edu Tue 8:30-9:55 WH 100B
A 02 Xiaoke Qin -- qin@math.binghamton.edu Tue 8:30-9:55 AB 125
A 03 Xinhai Zhang -- zhangxi@math.binghamton.edu Tue 1:15-2:40 WH 100B
A 04 Yifei Zeng -- yzeng@math.binghamton.edu Tue 4:25-5:50 WH 100B
A 05 Mengyu Chen -- mchen2@math.binghamton.edu Thu 8:30-9:55 WH 100B
A 06 Xiaoke Qin -- qin@math.binghamton.edu Thu 8:30-9:55 AB 125
A 07 Xinhai Zhang -- zhangxi@math.binghamton.edu Thu 1:15-2:40 WH 100B
A 08 Yifei Zeng -- yzeng@math.binghamton.edu Thu 4:25-5:50 WH 100B

CRN: 22590

Math 148 help room:

TA's office hours are now held in the Math 148 help room located at WH 234.

Exams:

There will be 3 midterm exams given in lecture and one final exam. No notes, books, cell phones, or laptops are allowed for tests. However, you are allowed a calculator and an index card as large as 4 x 6 inches on each midterm and as large as 5 x 8 inches on the final exam. You may write on both sides of your index card and there are no restrictions as to what you are writing. Details will be discussed before each exam. Each midterm exam will last 55 minutes and it will be worth 150 points. The final exam will last 2 hours and it will be worth 300 points.

Midterms:

Midterm Exam 1: Wednesday, February 27
Midterm Exam 2: Wednesday, March 27
Midterm Exam 3: Wednesday, April 24

Make all arrangements necessary to take the tests at those dates. The times and dates are non-negotiable. The exception to this: If BU classes were cancelled after a midterm was already printed then it may be shifted to a later day to ensure that all topics on the exam have been taught before the exam date. Note that this does not apply to the final exam!

Final exam:

The final exam counts for 300 points and it will last two hours.

Date and time for all finals are set by the registrar and there is no flexibility. Do not make travel arrangements that will have you leave campus prior to the exam. You can request a makeup final only if you have another final at the same time (direct conflict) or you have three final exams scheduled within 24 hours. If you want to request to take the alternate final then you must do so by Wednesday, May 1, by sending an email to me and your TA.

Date of the Final Exam: Wednesday, May 15, 3:15 PM - 5:15 PM in LH 001
Final Exam makeup: Thursday, May 16, 12:50 PM - 2:50 PM; location TBD

Here is the direct link to the official Final Exams Schedule. You can also find that link on the Courses tab of the Math departmental web page.