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Statistics

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes:

  • Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns
  • Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study
  • Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation
  • Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses

Students who successfully complete the course and examination may receive credit and/or advanced placement for a one-semester introductory college statistics course. This does not necessarily imply that the high school course should be one semester long. Each high school will need to determine the length of time for its AP Statistics course to best serve the needs of its students. Statistics, like some other AP courses, could be effectively studied in a one-semester, a two-trimester, or a one-year course. Most schools, however, offer it as a two-semester course.  (Taken from College Board web site http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_stats.html?stats )

Download the Course Description for Statistics

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap-statistics-course-description.pdf

Statistics Course Home Page from the College Board

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/2151.html

Statistics: Curricular Requirements

http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/courses/statistics_requirements.html