From the exercises on page 409-411, do exercises 32, 43, 49, and 53. There will be a quiz on Chapter 15 in class on Tuesday, January 16.
Finish reading chapter 15, pages 400-407. From the exercises on pages 409-411, do 39, 45, 47 (skip 47c), and 55.
Read pages 395-400, up to “Continuous Random Variables.” From the exercises, do 5, 23, 28, 29, and 35.
Read pages 389-395 from chapter 15, up to “More about means/variations” then do exercise 52 from page 388 and exercises 3 5, 10, 17, 22 from pages 407-408
Finish reading chapter 14 (pages 371-383) and from the exercises on pages 384-388, do 16, 22, 36, and 51.
Start reading chapter 14, pages 363-371 (up to “Tables vs Venn Diagrams”)
From the exercises on pages 383-384, do 3, 4, 9, 11
Read chapter 13 (pages 343-357). Read over the first few pages carefully, but it’s okay to start skimming once you hit page 348 (“Formal Probability”), since those sections are a review of some elementary ideas of probability.
From the exercises at the end (pages 358-359), do 8, 10, 13, 23, 25, 27.
Submit your written report electronically by sharing with me. Use the standard filename format: “LastName.LastName.LastName.MidYear Project”. Share only your written report document, but please include links to any other materials and/or your presentation in the appendix.
Submit peer evaluations for every member of your group, including yourself, by using this form. Please submit multiple copies of the form, one for each member.
Finally, take some time to relax over this break, but please also take some time to review the course so far by working on the Unit 3 Practice Exam multiple choice questions (pages 336-341, questions 1-19, odd-numbers only!) as well as Free Response question 1. We’ll start things off when we get back with a review of the answers to these questions.
UPDATE 12/21: A portion of the project grade is based on your groupmates’ evaluation of your contribution to the project. Please complete this form for every member of your group, including yourself by Friday, December 29th.
Presentations this week. Because we have so many presentations, please strive to keep yours to not much more than 10 minutes, and no more than 12. You should be able to present straight from your Chromebook, but if you want to use a different device, please make sure it will work with an HDMI or VGA adapter. Please think creatively! If you conducted a taste test for your project, bring in samples for your presentation! If you used a quiz, start off by quizzing the class. Keep it interesting!
If you’re looking for the online graph-making tools we’ve used in class, you can find them under “Other Helpful Links” to the right.
Written reports are due at the start of class on Friday. Guidelines for length and content are found in the Mid-year Project Drive Folder.
Update (12/15): I will be creating the presentation schedule over the weekend. If you know that you will not be present in class at some point during the week of December 18, please inform me as soon as possible.
You have this week to work on projects during class time. Ideally, you should be done with your data collection and starting your analysis by Thursday the 14th. Project presentations will start on December 19th, and final written reports will be due on Friday, December 22nd.
All details for your presentation and report can be found in the project Google drive found here. The presentation schedule will not be announced until the first day of presentations, so everybody must be ready to go by then!
If you know you will not be present during a day of presentations, please let me know so that I do not schedule your group to present on that day. I expect all members of the group to be present and participating in their presentation. Furthermore, due to the quantity of presentations that must be delivered in the relatively brief timeframe, I will be timing presentations and will start to give you warnings should yours go longer than 10-11 minutes.
Update on 12/6: You should still read the articles listed below, but if you’d like more information about the Stanford Prison Experiment, I recommend you check out Dr. Zimbardo’s own account of the experiment posted here (as well as the additional information, including the participant consent form and Dr. Zimbardo’s application to Stanford’s Human Subjects Review Committee found here).
For the majority of the week, we’ll be watching The Stanford Prison Experiment, a 2015 film starring Billy Crudup, Tye Sheridan, and Ezra Miller that does a pretty accurate job depicting the events of the controversial simulated prison run as a psychological experiment on the Stanford University campus in 1971. On Friday, you’ll be asked to use the movie and the articles below to inform a conversation about experimental ethics. You were assigned a side at the start of the movie, defending one of these two statements:
- As long as all subjects give informed consent, there are no ethical limits on what researchers can do to human subjects.
- Even with informed consent, there are ethical limits on what researchers can do to human subjects.
The discussion on Friday will be highly structured. Please read over the Ethics Discussion Guidelines for details. Also, by Friday, read over the following three articles for some more examples that may be useful for your stance.
- Tuskegee Study
- Randomized Surgical Trials and “Sham” Surgery (Note: This link may not work on mobile devices)
- The Milgram Experiment
Tomorrow, we will start watching The Stanford Prison Experiment as a lesson on experimental ethics. The movie is rated R for “language including abusive behavior and some sexual references,” and Common Sense Media (a site that reviews movies for potentially upsetting content) says the following
The material is very strong, with psychological abuse, fighting, beating with nightsticks, screaming panic attacks, and references to rape. […] The story of the experiment is standard in most psychology textbooks today, and it serves as a fascinating cautionary tale, as well as a look at our inner workings and the way that power can influence us. Adults and older teens with strong stomachs will likely have a lot to talk about.”
Those of you who are younger than 17 must obtain your parent or caregiver’s permission to view the movie. Please have them fill out this permission form by class tomorrow! If you are 17 or older, then you do not need to worry about this step, but if you do worry that the movie will be too intense, please let me know and we can work out an alternate arrangement.
No homework for this weekend save for the extra credit puzzle you picked up in class today.
Your Unit 3 test is tomorrow. Take a look at the Unit 3 Review Packet you got in class today. It has a list of topics to review, answers to the textbook problems you were assigned, and a handful of additional practice problems. Please post any questions you have here, and I’ll reply as quickly as I can!
By now, you should have settled on a mid-year project idea and have gotten started on the Project Proposal Form found in the Google Drive folder here. This proposal will be due at the start of class tomorrow, so work with your group and finish it tonight! When you submit the proposal, please make sure that you names appear in the filename.
And if you haven’t finished the textbook review assignment—1, 3, 7, 9, 11, 15, 19, 20, 23, 29, 32, 40, 41 from pages 331-336—you should do that tonight as well.
Continue to think about project ideas. You’ll have all day tomorrow to work on the proposal form (found in the Google Drive folder here).
And don’t forget about your test on Friday. The review assignment, due Thursday, is 1, 3, 7, 9, 11, 15, 19, 20, 23, 29, 32, 40, 41 from pages 331-336 in the textbook
Update: You will be permitted use of your notes (but only your notes, no textbook) on tomorrow’s investigative task.
Today, we start our Mid Year Group Projects by forming groups of 2-3 and starting to think about ideas. We’ll be spending most of the time before winter break working on this projects, and this project will be a major portion of your second marking period grade. Information about projects, including general information about expectations for the project, a description of expectations for the written report, the project proposal form, and a schedule for December can be found here. Note that the first due date is Thursday, November 30th. For now, keep thinking about project ideas!
Your test will be on Friday, December 1st. We’ll spend most of Thursday reviewing any questions you have from the review: 1, 3, 7, 9, 11, 15, 19, 20, 23, 29, 32, 40, 41 from pages 331-336 in the textbook, which you should complete by then.
Finally, remember that tomorrow we will be doing our Chapter 12 Investigative Task in class.
We didn’t quite finish reviewing the Chubby Dogs experiment, so you can find my answers here.
Next week is going to be an important one for us. Here’s what’s in store:
- On Tuesday, we’ll be completing an Investigative Task for Chapter 12. It will be an in-class task, assigned and due within the class period. Please do not be absent on Tuesday.
- On Friday, we’ll be taking out Unit 3 test, so while the review assignment won’t be due until Thursday, you may want to get started on it now: from pages 331-336, 1, 3, 7, 9, 11, 15, 19, 20, 23, 29, 32, 40, and 41.
- On Monday, we’ll be starting on our midterm projects. More details about the project will be discussed on Monday, but you should get started thinking about ideas you’d like to investigate. Listen to the Freakonomics or Hidden Brain podcasts for some inspiration, or rewatch some episodes of Mythbusters (or check out the archive here). You will be working in groups of 2-3 for this project, no individual projects allowed without very special permission!
Read pages 319-325, finishing chapter 12 from the text, and work on exercises 20, 32, 33, 39 from pages 327-329
Also, if you’re interested in reading more about the precognition study I mentioned in class, check out this Wired article.
Read pages 310-319, up to “Confounding”
From the exercises on 326-328, do 6c, 14, 15, 17 c and d, and 30.