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AP Statistics Assignment for week of 12/9

You will spend this week working on your projects. You should strive to be done with data collection by Thursday the 12th, and you’ll have up to Monday the 16th to work on your presentations and written report. Refer to the contents of the midterm project Drive folder for details

We’ll spend the 17th-20th presenting on your findings, and your reports (one per group!) will be due on the 20th.

AP Statistics Assignment for 12/5

Your project proposals are due at the start of class (access the full project details here). When you submit the proposal, please include all of your group members’ names in the filename (LastName.LastName.LastName.MidYearProjectProposal) before sharing it with me.

Today, we watched a Vsauce video about the classic trolley problem. The video deals with ethics, both of the problem itself and with creating a realistic experimental scenario to test how people would react in the situation posed. Tomorrow, we will have an organized and structured conversation about ethics ourselves. Please read over the Ethics Discussion Guidelines for details. At the start of class tomorrow, you will be assigned one of two stances to argue:

  • For some experiments, it is okay to lie to subjects in the name of proper experimental design and to preserve the integrity of what is being tested.
  • It is never okay to lie to subjects in an experiment, regardless of what is being tested.

Tomorrow, you’ll be asked to refer to the Vsauce video and the articles below to inform your arguments. Please read these articles, as well as take notes or even print them out so you can refer to them on Friday.

AP Statistics Assignment for 12/4

You should have decided on an idea for your project today and started working on your proposal. That will be due at the start of class tomorrow, and I’ll give you about 10 minutes to discuss it when you get in tomorrow. Include all of your group members’ names in the filename (LastName.LastName.LastName.MidYearProjectProposal) before sharing it with me.

On Friday, we will be having an important discussion about experimental ethics. It will be a highly organized and structured conversation that will start with the ethics of lying to participants, but will proceed organically from there. Please read over the Ethics Discussion Guidelines for details.

At the start of class tomorrow, you will be assigned one of two stances to argue:

  • For some experiments, it is okay to lie to subjects in the name of proper experimental design and to preserve the integrity of what is being tested.
  • It is never okay to lie to subjects in an experiment, regardless of what is being tested.

We will watch a video about one controversial experiment conducted by the YouTube channel Vsauce, and on Friday you’ll be asked to use that video and the articles below to inform your arguments. You may want to start reading these now, as well as take notes or even print them out so you can refer to them on Friday.

AP Statistics Assignment for 11/25

Complete the Unit 3 practice exam multiple choice questions (1-20) and free response question 1 from pages 336-341. This will be due on Monday, December 2 when we return from Thanksgiving break.

Also, we will be starting on our midterm projects after we get back. Over the next few days of break, you should read some blogs, listen to some podcasts, or watch/listen to the news to think of interesting ideas that you’d like to explore. You’ll be asked to come up with a research question and a design of a survey, study, or experiment that you could use to ask it. Some ideas of successful past projects include:

  • Are Double Stuf Oreos actually double the stuffing of regular Oreos?
  • Do various brands of fishing line actually hold the weight they claim?
  • Do students who play sports have better hand-eye coordination that students who do not?
  • Is there an association between students’ academic background and their knowledge of US geography?
  • Does salted water boil faster?

You can’t use any of these ideas, but these are the types of questions you could ask. Also valid would be to take a noted social experiment that you’ve learned about previously and redo it in the high school.

Notice that none of the questions above are “What will happen when we do x to people?” or “What is the effect of x on y?” Your project should be question forward, not method forward. A lot of the time, groups start by thinking about something fun they’d like to do, then struggle to think of a question they’d like to ask about it. This is backwards. You should come up with a question, then come up with a method of how to answer it.

On Monday, you’ll form your groups and start brainstorming ideas. A formal proposal will be due on Wednesday, December 4. Full information about the project can be found online here.