STA 201F: Why Numbers Matter (Fall, 2015)

This course teaches non-science students the importance of quantitative reasoning to many different areas. It explores a variety of applications to such diverse subjects as economics, gambling, politics, poetry, graphics, music, medicine, demographics, sports, secret codes, and more, using only basic high school level mathematics combined with logical thinking.

Instructor: Professor Jeffrey Rosenthal, Department of Statistics, University of Toronto. Sidney Smith Hall, room 5016B; phone 416-978-4594;;

Time and Location: Mondays 2:10 - 3:00 and Wednesdays 1:10 - 3:00, in LM 161. First class Sept 14. Last class Dec 7. No class Oct 12 (Thanksgiving) nor Nov 9 (Fall Break). Final exam some time during December 11-22; date and location TBA.

Exclusion: This course is not open to first-year students, nor to students enrolled in any science Major or Specialist program.

Evaluation (tentative):
12% iClicker class participation (thoughout the term);
22% Term test #1 (on Oct 21 during class time; in EX 200);
22% Term test #2 (on Nov 18 during class time; in EX 300 and 310);
44% Final exam (some time during December 11-22; date and location TBA).

Note: Students should obtain an iClicker device, available for purchase from the University of Toronto bookstore, and bring it to every class. Then, by Monday Sept 28, they should register it online by following the instructions given in class.

Textbook: None. The course instructor will post summary lecture notes on the course's Blackboard page -- but they are not a substitute for attending and actively learning from the course lectures. Students wanting additional background reading can optionally consult the instructor's somewhat-related book Struck by Lightning.

More Information: See the course's Blackboard web page.

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