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)


This syllabus does not apply while Covid-19 is ongoing (e.g., Fall 2020). Use the syllabus in Canvas for your section.


Dr. Caldwell, office 429 Humanities, office phone 7336.  Department office 7360.  E-mail: caldwell@utm.edu.  Web page: www.utm.edu/staff/caldwell

My main goal in this course is to teach you about this subject that I love.  It may not be obvious, but the way I teach this class (daily homework quizzes, tests, ...) are designed to help you succeed and to make sure all students are treated fairly. Come by my office anytime--too few students take advantage of office hours.  At UT Martin you can talk to and work with your teachers, take full advantage of that!

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 in my sections.)  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).  Look around and see if you can get it cheaper than at the UTM Bookstore.  The library has this textbook on reserve and has a machine to copy necessary pages.  UT Martin also has loan funds for textbooks which may help students wih financial aid.


Learning is a biological process that requires your involvement. In mathematics classes especially, you must do the homework. To encourage you to do the homework, we will start most days with a brief "quiz" (usually less than five minutes), usually 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: four points for the correct answer, three for a partially correct answer and two points if you just put your name.  If you are late, turn in a blank quiz after class for the two points.

If you miss a class, then you will get a zero; however, the three lowest quizzes will be dropped.  At the end of the semester, all of your quiz points will be added, then converted into a percentage score.

Quizzes will be excused for appropriate excuses, but you must let me know (and provide documentation) within two weeks.  Being excused from a quiz does not excuse the next class' quiz (so if you miss class for any reason, you should still do your homework and be ready for the quiz--come see me if I can help).

Quizzes will usually be returned the next class meeting.  Those that are not picked up will be discarded after three class periods.


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. There is no extra credit.

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.  Go to this spot on the syllabus online to access the 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.  Come see me if you need help!

Learning Outcomes for General Education:

The faculty of UT Martin have included this course as a general education course with the following goal and student learning outcomes. These outcomes are assessed via the quizzes, tests and Minitab projects.

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.


Attendance is expected and will be assessed by the quiz policy.

Tests & Final:

The homework, quizzes and classroom examples indicate the type of problems that will be on the tests and final (possibly changed to a multiple-choice format).  There are no make-up tests.  With an appropriate excuse, you can take a test early, but not late. If you miss a test, the missing grade wil be replaced by the average of the following tests and final.

The final will be a departmental comprehensive exam.  Review for the final by studying the hour tests, homework and quizzes.  There are usually practice final(s) online.   You may not leave the room (and phone, smart watches... must not be visible) during any test or final.


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.

Departmental Syllabus:

The Department publishes a syllabus for each of it courses 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 Canvas and/or 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 to reflect the change.


Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in at least a zero 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.  Any student eligible for and requesting accommodations due to a disability must provide instructors with a letter of accommodation from Disability Services.  For additional information, please contact the Disability Services office at 209 Clement Hall, (731) 881-7605.


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