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Stat 205-H02
Fall 2017


Elementary Statistics for the Biological and Life Sciences

Instructor: Tim Hanson Office: LeConte 219C

Class Meetings:
Tuesday/Thursday 1:15pm-2:30pm in Leconte College 201A



Dr. Hanson's office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 10am-11am and by appointment. Textbook: Samuels, M.L., Witmer, J.A., and Schaffner, A.A. (2012). Statistics for the Life Sciences, 4th Ed.


Topics Covered:

Date Topics Homework
Thur., Aug. 24 Lecture 1: Course expectations, statistics, random sampling, introduction to R. Sections 1.1, 1.3, notes. Syllabus. Mendel's data. --
Tues., Aug. 29 Lecture 2: Variables, frequency distributions. Sections 2.1, 2.2. Breakdown in Biomedical Research. 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.4; 2.2.3 (use R). data to be read into R.
Thur., Aug. 31 Lecture 3: Measures of center, boxplots. Sections 2.3, 2.4 2.3.3 (use R), 2.3.5, 2.3.6, 2.3.7, 2.3.11, 2.4.2 (use R), 2.4.7. Homework 1 due Sep. 7.
Tues., Sep. 5 Lecture 4: Relationships between variables, measures of spread. Sections 2.5, 2.6. Morro Bay report.2.5.2 (use R; here's code), 2.5.3(a) (use R, describe the relationship), 2.6.5(a) (by hand), 2.6.11, 2.6.12.
Thur., Sep. 7 Lecture 5: Statistical inference, introduction to probability. Sections 2.8, 3.2. Fly experiment in R.2.S.7, 2.S.17, 2.S.19, 2.S.20, 3.2.1. Selected textbook homework solutions for Chapter 2.
Tues., Sep. 12 Lecture 6: Probability rules. Sections 3.3, 3.2. R code to formally test for multimodality.3.2.3, 3.2.4, 3.2.5, 3.2.7, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.3.3, 3.3.4, 3.4.2, 3.4.3, 3.5.4, 3.5.5, 3.5.7. Homework 2, due Tuesday Sep. 19.
Thur., Sep. 14 Lecture 7: Continuous and discrete random variables. Sections 3.4, 3.5. Lecture 8: Binomial and normal random variables. Sections 3.6, 4.1, 4.2. 3.6.1, 3.6.2, 3.6.6, 3.6.10 (use R for all of these). Selected textbook homework solutions for Chapter 3.
Tues., Sep. 19 Lecture 9: Finding normal probabilities and percentiles; normal probability plots. Sections 4.3, 4.4. 4.3.3, 4.4.4, 4.3.5, 4.3.6, 4.3.8 (use R for all of these), 4.4.2. Selected textbook homework solutions for Chapter 4. Homework 3 due Tues. Sep. 26.
Thur., Sep. 21 Lecture 10: Sampling distribution of . Sections 5.1 and 5.2 (briefly). Lecture 11: Confidence interval for μ. Sections 6.2, 6.3. R code for hours spent on HW example.6.3.4, 6.3.5 (use R for both). Selected textbook homework solutions for Chapter 6.