In this one-semester course, students develop their problem solving skills in order to work with graphs, statistics, and introductory probability concepts. The focus is on mathematical literacy and practical problem solving; examples are drawn from music, sports, economics, public health, and other areas of life. Class activities include discussions, experiments, projects, and using software to make sense of statistics.
Course materials: Excel or Open Office; Fathom software; online readings from a variety of sources
Standards met: This course meets all standards and benchmarks in the Data Analysis & Probability strand of the Minnesota 2007 Math Standards for Grades 9-11.
Honors Opportunity: Yes
Prerequisites: None—this course is appropriate for students at all levels who need to meet the Data Analysis & Probability standards or for those who need a one-semester math elective.