The University of Utah

Math 1070-2: Spring 2008
Introduction to Statistical Inference

Instructor Davar Khoshnevisan (JWB 102)
Office Hours Wednesdays 1-2 pm (JWB 102) or by prior appointment (via email)
Text Statistics by A. Agresti and C. Franklin, Prentice Hall
Lectures Wed. 6:00-9:00 p.m., LCB 225
Prerequisite A math. ACT score of 23 or higher, or a grade of C or better in MATH 1010
(Intermediate algebra).
No. of Credits 3 (fulfills the QB requirement).

Description This is an introductory semester in statistics, and fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning QB requirement in Statistics and Logic. The main objective of this course is to introduce some of the elementary methods of classical statistics. They include descriptive statistics, estimation methods for popoulation means and proportions, confidence intervals, two-sample problems, simple linear regression, and elements of analysis of variance.
Attendence is mandatory.
[The text is a supplement to the lectures.]

Grading Policy The course grade is based on weekly assignments, two midterms (1 hr each), and a comprehensive final examination (2 hrs).
Each midterm covers the material introduced since the previous midterm. The maximum possible number of points for each category are

 Homework Midterm 1 Midterm 2 Final
Points possible 30 20 20 30

The student's course grade is then based on the following table:
Scored Points0-4950-60 61-7576-9091-100
Course GradeED CBA

  • There are no make-ups in this course. The students should make all of their semesters' plans in advance. This is non-negotiable.
  • The only exceptions to this rule are: (a) Medical emergencies, together with written evidence of such an emergency; or (b) conflicting, and official, university-related activities (such as athletic meets) with written documentation. If you can present written documentation for missing an exam, then I will arrange for an oral exam whose grade will replace the missed examination.

Assignments and Examinations
  • Assignments are made weekly; you can find them by clicking on "Assignments" on the bottom of this page. Assignments include problems as well as reading.
  • I will drop the lowest two homework scores.
  • Late homeworks are not accepted under any conditions. If you cannot turn in a homework due to medical and/or accident-related emergencies, and if you can produce proper documentation, then I will replaced the missed homework by the average score of your other homeworks (before I drop the lowest two homework scores). Else, you will not receive credit for the missed homework.
  • A good policy for studying for this course is be to attempt the homeworks on time. Then, use the subsequent office hours and discussion sections to understand any or all of your unresolved problems.
  • The midterm exams, as well as the final, are given in the lecture hall.
  • Midterm 1 includes everything upto the material covered by the end of Feb. 6th.
  • Midterm 2 does not include the material of Midterm 1; but it does includes everything up to the material covered by March 5th.
  • The final is [truly] comprehensive.

Important Dates Final exam 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (LCB 225)
Jan 7 Classes begin
Jan 21 Martin Luther King Holiday
Feb 13 Midterm 1
Feb 18 Presidents' Day Holiday
Mar 12Midterm 2
Mar 17-22Spring Break
Apr 23 Classes end
Apr 30

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