Elementary Statistics & Probability (3)

Dr. Caldwell's Math 210 Syllabus
(This Math 210 syllabus and other course resources are avaiable at www.utm.edu/~caldwell)


Dr. Caldwell, office 429 Humanities, office phone 7336.  Department office 7360.  E-mail: caldwell@utm.edu.  Web page: www.utm.edu/staff/caldwell.  I will use your e-mail as stored in Banner, usually an @ut.utm.edu account, to contact you (if the school closes, to send additional notes, ...) so please make sure that it is accurate.

Catalog Description:

Math 210:  Descriptive measures, elementary probability, sampling, random variables.  Discrete probability distributions, normal probability distributions, and introduction to inference theory.  Prereq: MATH 100-110, or 140, or 185, or 251 or appropriate mathematics placement.

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Elementary Statistics, 13th Edition, Mario F. Triola. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-446245-5. (We will not use MyMathLab.)  You must have access to a copy of the text to do the homework for each class day--but it can be hardback, soft-back, electronic, loose leaf, ... (just make sure it is the 13th edition).


There is no way to pass a real mathematics class without doing the homework. So to help you focus on the homework, we will start most days with a brief "quiz" (usually less than five minutes).  This will may be one problem directly from the previous night's homework.  You will be allowed to use your personal handwritten notes; but not your book, computer or printed notes.  If you have attended class and done all the homework, the quiz points should be automatic!

These quizzes will be graded on a four-point scale: one point for your name, four points for the correct answer, and two or three for a partially correct answer.  If you are late, you will get a one.  If you cheat, you may get a zero or negative score. 

If you miss the day, or leave early, then you will get a zero.  Exceptions will be made for appropriate excuses, but you must let me know (and provide documentation) within two weeks.  Being excused from an absence does not excuse the next day's quiz.  If you miss class for any reason, you should still do your homework and be ready for the quiz.

The three lowest quiz scores will be dropped (other than "earned" zero or negative scores, see above).  All of your remaining quiz points will be added, then converted into a percentage score.

Quizzes will usually be returned the next class meeting. Those that are not picked up will be tossed out a week later.


Letter grades will be assigned as follows:  90-100% A,  80-89% B,  70-79% C,  60-69% D,  0-59% F. The grade of I is given very rarely and only in cases of emergency.

The course grade will be determined as follows:

  • 11 %   quizzes (daily five-minute quizzes)
  • 64 %   tests (about four fifty-minute tests)
  •   5 %   Minitab projects
  • 20 %   final (the final is comprehensive)


Homework will be evaluated through the quiz policy.  If you do not do the homework, then you will be unlikely to pass.  Click on the button to the right for the list of daily assignments.  Go to my web page to find this assignment list.

Homework will be evaluated through the quiz policy.  If you do not do the homework, then you will be unlikely to pass.  Click on the button to the right for the list of daily assignments.  Use these buttons to see the homework.

Learning Outcomes for General Education:

The faculty of UT Martin have included this as a general education course with the following course goal and student learning outcomes.

Curriculum Goals:  The purpose of the Mathematics requirement is to teach students to organize, evaluate and solve problems using both abstract and quantitative approaches.  Courses in this area will enable students to communicate using the language of mathematics.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will use appropriate notation and vocabulary to communicate mathematics.
  2. Students will use symbolic and numerical methods to perform calculations.
  3. Students will solve problems with real-world applications.

Teaching Objectives:

The student will:

  1. Learn the nature of statistics and how it plays an important role in our daily lives.
  2. Organize and summarize data, and represent graphically the important information contained in a data set.
  3. Compute numerical quantities that measure the central tendency and dispersion of a set of data.
  4. Understand the elementary properties of probability.
  5. Compute the probability of an event and of compound events.
  6. Distinguish between discrete and continuous random variables.
  7. Compute the mean and standard deviation of a probability distribution.
  8. Use discrete and continuous distribution models to calculate probabilities for appropriate random variables.
  9. Study the sampling distribution of some useful statistics.
  10. Learn a method for estimating some population parameters.
  11. Understand and apply the basic concepts of statistical inference to the decision making process.
  12. Find the least squares regression line.
  13. Use the statistical software package Minitab.

Tests & Final:

The homework, quizzes and classroom examples indicate the type of problems that will be on the tests, though some (probably the final) may be changed to a multiple-choice format.  No make-up tests.  If you miss a test, you will be given the average of the following tests and final.  The final will be comprehensive.  Review for the final by studying the hour tests, homework and quizzes.  (Check also to see if there is a practice final online.)   You may not leave the room (and your phone... must not be visible) during any test or final.


Attendance is mandatory and will be enforced through the quiz policy.


This course requires a graphing calculator (we strongly recommend any TI 83+ or TI 84), and those with algebraic operating systems are not allowed.  TI-Inspires must be used with a TI 84 face plate.  Students may not share calculators during tests.  Check your batteries before tests.


The Department of Mathematics and Statistics publishes a syllabus for each of it courses which may be viewed in my office or on the departmental web pages.

Canceled classes:

You (and the state) have paid well for the courses taught here so mathematics and statistics teachers very (very) rarely cancel classes. However, sometimes (especially in the spring) the university closes due to bad weather.  If this happens, I will contact you by the e-mail address stored in the Banner system to let you know how we will make up the work.  I will also adjust the homework schedule on-line as needed.


Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in at least an F for the quiz, test or assignment.  Your Student Handbook clearly states "suspension from the university is the expected penalty" for "plagiarism, cheating, and academic integrity issues" and this includes submitting the work of another person as your own or permitting another to submit yours as his/her own.

Disability Services:

The University of Tennessee provides reasonable accommodations (academic adjustments and auxiliary aids) to ensure equal access to educational content and university programs for students with disabilities. Students who are eligible for and who request accommodations through the Disability Services office must provide instructors with a letter of accommodation. The Disability Services office is located in the Student Success Center, 209 Clement Hall, (731) 881-7605.


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