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FAQ to succeed in MAT161 – ELEMENTARY STATISTICS



What math do I need to take to get into MAT161?

Who should take MAT161?

What will I learn in MAT161?

What materials will I need for MAT161? 

What websites can I use to prepare for MAT161?

What if I have more questions?





What math do I need to take to get into MAT161?


Students take this course after successfully completing a college level math course at Clinton Community College (CCC) or another recognized institution (e.g. MAT101 or higher or equivalent). Students may also place directly into this course by scoring sufficiently high on the CCC math placement exam or by recommendation of a math faculty member.



Who should take MAT161?


This course is taken by students of a wide variety of academic programs of study. Some programs of study that require or recommend this course are humanities, social science, education, business, math, and science.


What will I learn in MAT161?


This course is a study of basic statistical techniques and some related probability theory. Course topics include data collection and presentation, measures of central tendency and dispersion, grouping and graphing data sets, linear correlation and regression, sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Distribution studies include the binomial, normal, and student ’s t. At least one student project is required for this course. The use of a graphing calculator is required for this course to further the exploration of these topics and their applications.

Prerequisite: MAT101 or higher, or placement

What materials will I need for MAT161?


REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:

Fundamentals of Statistics, 4th edition; Sullivan. Prentice Hall.
ISBN #978-0-321-83870-4

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

A graphing calculator (the TI-83, TI-83 Plus, or TI-84 Plus)


What websites can I use to prepare for  MAT161?


The Math Department at CCC recommends that you review the following prerequisite topics before beginning MAT161: order of operations, solving linear equations, graphing linear functions, linear regression, and probability. You can do this from home by selecting any of the aforementioned topics on the math-tutorial websites listed below; there you will find mini-lectures, worked problems, practice problems and helpful tips.


What if I have more questions?


Feel free to contact a member of the Math Department in person, by phone or via e-mail. A list of department members can be found on the CCC website at:

http://www.clinton.edu/MathDepartment/content-staff/gid/85/default.cml


For more details on MAT161 course objectives visit: MAT161 Course Information Sheet