AP Statistics

  • This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Examination in Statistics and covers the curriculum typical of the first semester of a college level Statistics course.  The course is divided into four skill categories:  selecting statistical methods, data analysis, using probability and simulation, and statistical argumentation. In the selected statistical methods category, students will select methods for collecting and/or analyzing data for statistical inference.  In the data analysis category, students will describe patterns, trends, associations, and relationships in data.  In the using probability and simulation category, students will explore random phenomena.  In the statistical argumentation category, students will develop an explanation or justify a conclusion using evidence from data, definitions, or statistical inference.

    Goals of AP Statistics. Students who are enrolled in AP Statistics are expected to

    • Describe patterns and departures from patterns
    • Plan and conduct a study
    • Explore random phenomena using probability and simulation
    • Estimate population parameters and test hypotheses.

    The course is divided into these four topics:

    • Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns
    • Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study
    • Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation
    • Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.

    Students will develop a strong grasp of Mathematical Practices:
    1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
    2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
    3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
    4. Model with mathematics.
    5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
    6. Attend to precision.
    7. Look for and make use of structure.
    8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    The Standards for Mathematical Practice complement the content standards so that students increasingly engage with the subject matter as they grow in mathematical maturity and expertise throughout their high school years.

    Units of Study

    Semester 1:

    Unit 1: Exploring One-Variable Data
    Unit 2: Exploring Two-Variable Data
    Unit 3: Collecting Data
    Unit 4: Probability, Random Variables, and Probability Distributions
    Unit 5: Sampling Distributions

    Semester 2:

    Unit 6: Inference for Categorical Data: Proportions
    Unit 7: Inference for Quantitative Data: Means
    Unit 8: Inference for Categorical Data: Chi-Square
    Unit 9: Inference for Quantitative Data: Slopes