Math 251

Statistics for Science 

Spring 2020, section 904

Instructor : Margaret Wojcicka-Hitczenko                                        

Office: B1-9E   Phone 751-8943        E-mail: please communicate with me through Canvas

Office Hours:

Tuesday 1:40-2:40 pm,  4:10-6:00 pm,  9:40-10:40 pm; Wednesday 11 am-12 pm (by appointment); Thursday 1:40-2:40 pm, 4:10-4:40 pm

Contacting Instructor: You can send me an e-mail or call me. The telephone number listed has voice mail.  Please call when absent or when making an appointment.  

CANVAS:            All course materials and assignments will be managed through the college’s learning management system – CANVAS.  If you experience any difficulties accessing CANVAS, please contact IT Support at 215.496.6000. You can also look for help at 215.751.8702 (Peter Margolis).                   

The CourseAlgebra-based statistics for science. Statistical topics include descriptive measures, graphical methods, discrete and continuous probability distributions, estimation, one- and two-tailed hypothesis testing and categorical data.The student learning outcomes are

  • graph a set of one-variable data and identify symmetry, skewness, number of clusters, and outliers.
  • make a scatter plot of two-variable data and use it to describe the linear correlation between the two variables
  • compute and interpret one-variable and two-variable descriptive statistics including mean, median, mode, range, interquartile range, standard deviation, variance, correlation, slope, and intercept
  • use probability rules, counting rules, and formulas to compute probabilities
  • compute confidence intervals and test hypotheses about proportions, means, and variances.
  • algebraically manipulate statistical formulas to derive other statistical formulas.


Almost any Introductory Statistics text will have all information you need, you are welcome to consult me about it.

We will base our class on a text of Allan G. Bluman "Elementary Statistics A step by step approach, 7th edition. You can buy it on (not available in CCP bookstore). You can buy it used or new. I will also leave a copy of it on reserve in CCP library. If you wish to use a different edition of the text you are welcome to do it.

You can also benefit from  Introductory Statistics.

Another source of information is another on-line publication Barbara Illowsky   .

Help available:  You can find help in the Math Learning Lab in room B2-36 weekdays and in room B1-28 Monday- Thursday evenings and Saturdays. Free, peer tutoring is available beginning with the second week of classes for all current CCP students.  The peer tutors are experienced CCP students who have taken many of the courses in which they tutor.  Free, weekly workshops, which begin in the third week of classes are also available to all CCP students.  

Missed tests: Missed tests can be made up only if a student has a justifiable excuse (as listed in the Students’ Handbook). If you know beforehand that you will have to miss an exam, please contact me, so you can take the exam in advance of the rest of the class. In case of emergencies impossible to foresee, to be ‘eligible’ for a make-up exam, please contact me as soon as possible (e-mail or voice-mail). Once it is determined that you indeed have a legitimate excuse, you will be given a make-up exam during the Final Exams Week.

Quizzes are  assigned every week. You will be asked to submit them on-line before the indicated deadline. If you miss the deadline, you will not be allowed to make it up. Instead, at the end of the semester I will add 20% to everybody's homework grade so one can miss 20%  and still get a perfect score (for example if at the end one's score is  70%, I will add 20% to that score, so the final score on the homework/quiz will be 90%)

Tests: there will be three tests. No  test grade will be dropped. 

Final Exam  there will be no final exam

Project  At the end off the semester you will be asked to work on a project that will be due on the Final Exam Week. Assuming that you understand the material, the project will not require a lot of hours of work. 

Grading system   Tests will account for 60%, the final project  for  10%,  quizzes for 30%

Grade scale is as follows:   A= 85-100%   B=75-85%   C=65- 75%   D=55-65% 


Student Disability policy:

Students who believe they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss their accommodation form and specific needs as soon as possible, but preferably within the first week of class. If you need to request reasonable accommodations, but do not have an accommodation form, please contact the Center on Disability, room BG-39, phone number 215-751-8050.





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