Statistics

Cultivate your understanding of statistics using technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing

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This course broadens students’ understanding of mathematics as it relates to managing data. Students will apply methods for organizing and analysing large amounts of information; solve problems involving probability and statistics; and carry out a culminating investigation that integrates statistical concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics. Students planning to enter university programs in business, the social sciences, and the humanities will find this course of particular interest.

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AP Statistics is an introductory college-level statistics course that introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students cultivate their understanding of statistics using technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they explore concepts like variation and distribution; patterns and uncertainty; and data-based predictions, decisions, and conclusions. 

The AP Statistics course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes evident in the content, skills, and assessment in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, probability and simulation, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding

Course Content

Based on the Understanding by Design® (Wiggins and McTighe) model, this course framework provides a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for student success. The framework specifies what students must know, be able to do, and understand, with a focus on three big ideas that encompass the principles and processes in the discipline of statistics. The framework also encourages instruction that prepares students for advanced coursework in statistics or other fields using statistical reasoning and for active, informed engagement with a world of data to be interpreted appropriately and applied wisely to make informed decisions.

The AP Statistics framework is organized into nine commonly taught units of study that provide one possible sequence for the course. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

Unit Exam Weighting
Unit 1: Exploring One-Variable Data
15%-23%
Unit 2: Exploring Two-Variable Data
5%-7%
Unit 3: Collecting Data
12%-15%
Unit 4: Probability, Random Variables, and Probability Distributions
10%-20%
Unit 5: Sampling Distributions
7%-12%
Unit 6: Inference for Categorical Data: Proportions
12%-15%
Unit 7: Inference for Quantitative Data: Means
10%-18%
Unit 8: Inference for Categorical Data: Chi-Square
2%-5%
Unit 9: Inference for Quantitative Data: Slopes
2%-5%
Skills Description Exam Weight
1. Selecting Statistical Methods
Select methods for collecting and/or analyzing data for statistical inference.
15%–23%
2. Data Analysis
Describe patterns, trends, associations, and relationships in data.
15%–23%
3. Using Probability and Simulation
Explore random phenomena.
30%–40%
4. Statistical Argumentation
Develop an explanation or justify a conclusion using evidence from data, definitions, or statistical inference.
25%–35%

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