Wilson's AP Statistics Guide
Welcome and Bienvenue,
Our Goal: Read This Book!
The best text in the world is of little value if students don’t read it. Here are some
of the ways we have made Stats: Modeling the World, Third Edition even more
• Readability. You’ll see immediately that this book doesn’t read like other
Statistics texts. The style is both colloquial and informative, engaging stu-
dents to actually read the book to see what it says.
• Informality. Our informal diction doesn’t mean that the subject matter is cov-
ered lightly or informally. We have tried to be precise and, wherever possible,
to offer deeper explanations and justiﬁcations than those found in most intro-
• Focused lessons. The chapters are shorter than in most other texts, to make it
easier to focus on one topic at a time.
• Consistency. We’ve worked hard to avoid the “do what we say, not what we
do” trap. From the very start we teach the importance of plotting data and
checking assumptions and conditions, and we have been careful to model
that behavior right through the rest of the book.
• The need to read. Students who plan just to skim the book may ﬁnd our pre-
sentation a bit frustrating. The important concepts, deﬁnitions, and sample
solutions don’t sit in little boxes. This is a book that needs to be read, so we’ve
tried to make the reading experience enjoyable.
Wilson's Bulletin Board
PROLOGUE: Advanced placement courses are college level courses, intended to provide a true college experience. As such, they are rigorous, demanding and challenging. The culminating experience is a standardized test written and graded by ETS, thereby ensuring all students across the nation in this same AP course receive a similar learning experience. It is a privilege to be in this class, earned through hard work and achievement, and should not be taken lightly.
AGREEMENT: In order to succeed in this curriculum, I understand that the following behaviors are required:
- Class attendance is mandatory.
- Reading assignments must be completed EVERY night.
- Assignments must be completed on time and with honest effort.
- Extra help must be attended at least one time per week.
- Class preparation is essential, including reading the labs and mentally performing the necessary operations prior to lab days.
- Test preparation must be thorough and on-going.
- Effort must be maintained throughout the entire year.
At deficiency period first quarter, and periodically throughout the year as needed, we will meet one on one to discuss individual progress in the class. A grade of “B-“ or below will result in our devising a specific plan for improvement in the class. Progress at a “C-“ or below may result in the "AP" course designation being changed to an "Honors" designation, with the student ineligible to take the AP exam. At the end of the first semester, a cumulative test average of 75% or lower, coupled with a poor showing of effort, may result in a student being dropped from the course. At the end of the third quarter, a cumulative test average of 75% or lower may result in a student being ineligible for the AP exam.