Monday, January 22, 2019

AP Stats

Today we continued our discussion of Linear Regression.  Notes are here: TPS4e_Ch3_3.1 and TPS4e_Ch3_3.2.  We also watched this video about R-squared:

We also worked on the linear regression projects: Chapter 3 Project.

Homework is to read pages 143-181 (!) and do the following problems: 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55 and 57.

AP Seminar

Today we discussed how to outline and prepare for research by creating a hypothesis and deciding what information is needed to make your case.  You should turn in to me a summary stating the following:

For each lens:

State 2-3 hypotheses (things that you think you might find related to your lens when you begin your research)

For each hypothesis:

  1. What kinds or articles/data would support this hypothesis (what would the ideal support look like)?
  2. What kinds of articles/data would support the counter-argument (what would the ideal evidence to refute your hypothesis look like)?
  3. What kinds of evidence would best refute the counter-argument?

Turn that in to me at

Wed., Jan. 16, 2019

AP Stats

Today we reviewed for the first quiz, which is tomorrow, and which will cover chapters 1 and 2.  To study, I would do however much of the following that you think is necessary, in this order:

  1. Review the summaries at the end of each chapter section (e.g., after Section 1.1, 1.2, etc.).  If you understand everything, great.  If not, go back into the textbook for an explanation.  If you still do not understand, pull up that same lesson from StatTrek.
  2. Do the multiple choice problems from the AP Practice Exams at the end of chapters 1 and 2.
  3. Do the multiple choice problems that I posted yesterday: Ch 1-2 Multiple choice practice
  4. Look at the free response problems from the practice quizzes: Practice Quizzes for Chapter 1 and Practice Quizzes Chapter 2
  5. Do the multiple choice questions from the orange workbook that I handed out today.
  6. Look at the free response questions from the AP Exams
  7. Do the review problems (although I recommend doing those to review for the cumulative)

If you do all of these things, you spent WAY TOO LONG studying for this quiz.  Still, I recommend doing more for the first quiz and backing off as you can.

Today, we also did a FRAPPY: Chapter 2 FRAPPY.  The answers are here: Chapter 2 FRAPPY Scoring Guidelines

Finally, we looked at how to determine normality.  Here is a video showing how to do a normal probability plot on the TI-84.

AP Seminar

Today we continued the debates, but this time, students debated in front of the class.  We will have our final debate tomorrow, and then we will start working on picking an individual topic for research.

Tues., Jan. 15, 2019

AP Stat

Today was a glorious day because we learned about Normal Distributions!  Here are the handouts: Lesson 2.2 Day 2 – Will Marty Make it and Lesson 2.2 Day 3 – Do we have Normal Distribution The notes are here: TPS4e_Ch2_2.2.  Homework is to read pages 110-129 and do problems 41, 43, 45, 51, 53, 55, 57, 61, and 71.  Also, since we will be reviewing tomorrow, I would recommend doing at least some of the Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 reviews and do all of the multiple choice questions from the Practice AP exams at the end of chapters 1 and 2.  Here are some practice multiple choice problems: Ch 1-2 Multiple choice practice.

Here is a video how to calculate normal distributions using your calculator: Normal Calculations using TI84

AP Seminar

Today we practiced debating.  We talked about some of the positive and negative aspects of debating.  Tomorrow we will debate again!

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

Thanks to everyone for working so well for the sub Friday!  I hope you had a great day and a great weekend!  Has anyone told you lately that you are awesome?  Well, you are awesome!

AP Stats

Today we finished Unit 1 by going over the quiz from Friday and by taking a FRAPPY.  Here are the practice quizzes for chapter 1 along with the suggested answers: Practice Quizzes.  Here is the FRAPPY: Chapter 1 FRAPPY.  Here is the scoring rubric for that FRAPPY: Chapter 1 FRAPPY Scoring Rubric.

We also started looking at chapter 2.  Here are the notes: TPS4e_Ch2_2.1.  Homework is to read pages 84-103 and do problems 1, 5, 7, 13, 15, 19, 21, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37 and 39.

AP Seminar

Today we discussed your research from Friday and talked about making a good persuasive oral argument.  Here are some notes to help you with such presentations: How To Deliver Persuasive Presentations

Thurs., Jan 10, 2019

AP Stats

Today we completed the material from chapter 1 by talking about mean, median, standard deviation and IQR.  The notes are here: TPS4e_Ch1_1.3.  The worksheet is here: Lesson 1.3 – Where do I stand-.  Homework is to read pages 50-68 and do problems 79, 81, 83, 85, 89, 95, 99, 103, 107 and 109.

I will not be here tomorrow.  You will take a practice quiz (not for a grade; this will just help me see where you are).  In addition, you will work on your Linear Regression projects.  The instructions are here: Linear Regression Project.  It will not be due for a couple of weeks.

AP Seminar

Today we talked about how to structure a written argument.  Here are some notes about that: Tomlin’s Model of Argument.  Students worked in groups to come up with a controversial topic about which they may argue.  They will continue that project tomorrow.  I will not be here tomorrow, but the computers will be available for you to complete the project.  E-mail me completed outlines to

Students should also complete the state-mandated Student Health Survey.  the link is Before clicking “Submit”, take a screenshot and e-mail it to me.

Have a great weekend!

Wed., Jan. 9, 2019

AP Stat

Today we looked at quantitative data.  The notes are here: TPS4e_Ch1_1.2.  Here are the practice problems: Lesson 1.2 – How many pairs of shoes. Homework is to read pages 27-41 and do problems 37, 39, 41, 45, 47, 51 and 63.

AP Seminar

Today we discussed how to analyze an argument.  I do not have electronic copies of the articles we analyzed, so please see me if you missed today to get copies.  Here is a template for analyzing arguments: Argument Analysis Template

Tues., Jan. 8, 2019

AP Stats

Today we looked at categorical variables and conditional distributions.  The notes are here: TPS4e_Ch1_1.1.  We also worked through this handout: Lesson 1.1 – What was your favorite toy. Homework is to read pages 2-21 and do problems 3,9,15,17,24,25,27,29 and 31.

AP Seminar

Today we looked at the perspectives, or lenses, through which we can address problems.  Those lenses are environmental, scientific, economic, political/historical, artistic/philosophical, cultural & social, futuristic and ethical.

January 7, 2019

Welcome to what’s going to be your favorite class at Wheeler ever!  (If not, you are entitled to a full refund of your class fee.)

First, I’d like to show you around my blog.

Every day (I hope), I will update this blog so that you can see what topic we covered in class that day, what the homework assignment is, and where to go for additional help.  Last semester, I missed posting 2-3 days, so I’m not perfect, but I will try to make this site as useful as possible.  The assignments will be posted in this running blog, most recent posts on top.  I will post for AP Statistics (AP Stat) every day and as needed for AP Seminar (probably every 2-3 days–other days I will just copy the previous blog entry).

There are also tabs near the top of this page that may be useful for additional help.  There is an “about me” page where you can go to bore yourself with details about your teacher.  There is also a page for classroom documents.  On that page, you can find syllabi, classroom rules and other general documents.  Both classes have tabs for more resources.  Currently, I have a lot of stuff for Statistics, but not as much for AP Seminar (since this is the first time it has been taught at Wheeler). Finally, the What’s Up? tab lets you know about approaching tests and project due dates.

AP Stat

Today, I gave out a ton of papers for you to fill out use.  They are:

Syllabus: AP Statistics Syllabus F19

Voluntary survey for your parents: APSTAT Parent Survey

Questionnaire to help me get to know you: Who Am I

(The required contract for AP classes) AP Contract

We also looked at how statistics are used to prove or disprove claims.  See: Smelling-Parkinsons-Disease

Homework is to get the papers signed and return them. Also, PLEASE BRING YOUR NOTEBOOKS.

AP Seminar

Today I gave you all sorts of fun stuff:

The AP Contract AP Contract

The syllabus: Spring 2019 Syllabus

A Parent Survey APSeminar Parent Survey

Who Am I Sheet. Who Am I

We also got started with the classroom computers.  Remember, you may bring your own computer if you wish.

Homework is to get your supplies and have the paperwork signed.