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Probability and Statistics is a new elective math course first taught at Capitan High School by Mrs. Shearer the fall semester of the 2007-08 school year. This class is for students who want to take another math class after Algebra and Geometry and who would like to have a lot of fun in a hand's on, exploring environment doing experiments. Students will learn the basics of probability and statistics through exploration and experimentation. There is no textbook for this class.

Probability is the study of chance behavior - the chance that something is likely to happen. It includes experiments with dice, cards, coins, and spinners. Sometimes computer programs and graphing calculators are used to generate random numbers. Statistics is the study of the behavior of groups of numbers. It is a branch of mathematics that deals with collecting, analyzing, interpreting, explaining, and presenting data.
Probability theory is used in statistics, mathematics, science and philosophy to draw conclusions about the likelihood an event occurs. It helps to explain the underlying mechanics of complex systems. Statistics is used in the physical and social sciences, humanities, and engineering. Statistics are helpful in making informed decisions in education, business and government.
More about Probability
OnLine Guide to Probability
More about Statistics

Here are some web sites that can help you to learn more about probability and statistics. Many of them are interactive and have experiments you can do. A fast web connection is strongly recommended.

Wikipedia logo Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies Cut the Knot
Wikipedia - articles with general information
  • Probability - an explanation and list of fun activities
    Requires java

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Last Updated: 2/10/2011
K. A. Shearer 2007
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