Math 1203: Statistics for Social Science
Course Description: Applications of
statistics in the social sciences. Analysis and
interpretation of statistical models. Sampling techniques, common flaws
and errors in sampling and in using statistics. Descriptive statistics,
levels of measurement, measures of central tendency and dispersion.
Contingency tables and measures of association for categorical
variables. Correlation and linear regression. Probability and frequency
distributions. Parametric and non-parametric inferential statistics.
Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. 3 credits.
Who takes this course:
This course is for students majoring in sociology, political science,
social work, social and behavioral sciences, criminal justice,
diplomacy, or anthropology. However, it is open to anyone interested in
an introductory statistics course. This course satisfies part C of the
“core curriculum” of the School of Arts and Sciences.
Note: You will need the
installed on our laptop.
Exam: Our final (cummulative) exam is on
Friday, May 11 between
230 pm and 430 pm.
Notes and Resources
Practice Exam 3 (pdf)
with answers -
- HW19: More
- HW17: Complete these questions
on Testing about a Mean; also redo this
confidence interval worksheet,
paying attention to the sample size
- Exam 2 Practice
- HW12: Answer
questions and the remaining ones in
- HW11: Answer
3 (b,c) of this worksheet.
Page 99: 4.1, 4.2,
4.3, 4.4, 4.5(*)
computer assignment and
work out these quiz-like questions
Tables 1 and
- HW7: Exam 1 review sheet
(the box plot questions)
- HW5: Worksheet 3 and
(only the quartiles and median)
Page 64: 3.19, 3.20, 3.21,
3.22, 3.26, 3.32, 3.34(b), 3.35, 3.38, 3.41, 3.56 (think about
it only), 3.73
Worksheet 2 (parts 3 and 4)
Panel 9 of lecture notes - find mode and median
Page 63: 3.14, 3.15
Which measure of central tendency is
less susceptible to extreme outliers, the median or the mean?
Use StatCrunch to find the mean, median, and mode
for AGE and HOURS PER DAY WATCHING TV
Use StatCrunch to
create a histogram for AGE and HOURS PER DAY WATCHING TV. Are
they normal or skewed?
For HOURS PER DAY WATCHING TV the mean
is larger than the median. Explain.
Page 62: 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.19 (mean, median, mode only)
Worksheet 2 (all except
3 and 4)
Page 61: 3.1 (a and c), 3.4 (a), 3.11 (a) -use our GSS
survey for this
Use our GSS survey data and StatCrunch to
determine (a) how many US adults, in percent, in 2008 were
white, approximately, and (b) how many US adults in 2008 took
either one or two years of Algebra in HS
- HW1: Page 25: 2.1, 2.2, 2.7, 2.14, 2.16, 2.27