Catalogue 2016 - 2017

MAMT 546 Chance


3 cr.

Course Description

This course focuses on quantitative literacy, using current events and how these events are reported in the media to examine fundamental statistical and probabilistic concepts. The goal of this course is to make us more informed, critical readers of current news stories, and to promote a deeper understanding of the probability and statistics that we are exposed to in everyday life. Potential current event topics include interpreting polls (including margin of error), scoring streaks, lotteries and randomness, medical research, false positives, economic indicators, statistics in the courtroom, and cancer clusters. To understand these topics fully, students will be learning aspects of graphical descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, probability, measures of central tendency and dispersion, basic combinatorics, hypothesis testing, conditional probability, sampling, correlation, linear regression, and more.


Formerly MAMT 551