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Course : Probability and Statistics

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2021
Bolin Hall, 109
Dr. Jeff Hood
Days & Times
11:00 am - 12:20 pm
11:00 am - 12:20 pm
Final Exam Day/Time
Tuesday, December 07, 2021 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This course will cover descriptive analysis, probability, variability, confidence intervals, hypotheses testing, analysis of variance, correlation and regression, and nonparametric statistics.

Text: Essentials of Statistics, 6th Edition, by Mario F. Triola; ISBN: 0134685776

Scientific or Graphing Calculator

MyLab (ML): This online course management program from Pearson Publishing is used for all homework assignments in the course. A specific ML course has been created for your class. You will need to purchase ML, either from the campus bookstore or directly online from the publisher when first accessing the ML website. When using ML for the first time, you may need to run a browser check and download necessary plug-ins. See ML registration instructions.

MyMathLab Access Code: hood33944

Homework:       20%

           Quizzes:           15%

           Exams:             40%

           Final Exam:       25%


Scale: 90-100% A, 80-89% B, 70-79% C, 60-69% D, 0-59% F

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