Electronic Proceedings of the Ninth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

Reno, Nevada, November 7-10, 1996

Paper C014

Incorporating Laboratory Activities into Statistics Courses

Beth L. Chance

Math Department
University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95211
Phone: (209) 946-3030

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Use of computer lab exercises can extensively enrich learning experiences in statistics courses. The use of computers allows us to utilize larger, richer data sets relevant to students' experiences, and to provide visual explanations of key concepts, such as sampling distributions. In this paper, I present motivation for these lab exercises, examples of student experiences, and suggestions for implementation and assessment of these computer activities.

Keyword(s): statistics, computer algebra systems, software