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14. Final exam announcement:

àYou can bring your own sheet of notes (both sides of the paper is fine) BUT it should obey two rules: i) NO EXAMPLES!! (no numbers of z or t-values) ii) it should be hand-written. Your cheat sheet will be examined that obey the rules while you will be entering the exam on Tuesday.

à At the final exam, bring only a calculator, your student ID,  your paper notes and a dependable writing utensil, anything else you will need  i.e. tables, scratch paper, it will be provided! Please do not bring any class material with you.  

àThe final is cumulative with an emphasis on the second part.

àI will have additional OH on Friday 1:15pm-2:30pm and on Monday March 14th 3:00pm-4:30pm.

à Practice Final is uploaded at the website under the Quizzes & Exams tabs. Solutions will be uploaded during the weekend. 

13. 03/03/2016: Quiz 4 will take place this Tuesday 2/8.  The quiz will cover concepts from sections 9.1-9.5, however, as I have mentioned in lecture, we do not closely follow the book structure for Correlation and Regression.  You will NOT need to compute test statistics or p-values; you will be provided a JMP output analysis and asked questions regarding the output.  Thus you must be familiar with (and interpret) the output that JMP produces (correlation, 95% CI, regression analysis, 6-step hypothesis test for the slope and the model as a whole, residual analysis, predictions). As always, bring a calculator and writing utensil - all other material will be provided for you.

12. 02/28/2016: Solutions of Midterm and Quiz 3 are uploaded.

11. 02/17/2016Tuesday 02/23: Quiz 3 covers the content in the homework problems assigned in Sections 7.1 - 7.5 and 8.1 - 8.4. DON'T FORGET YOUR CALCULATORS!!!! I will hold additional OH on Monday 1:00-2:00pm if you have any questions before the quiz on Tuesday.

10. 02/15/2016: Due to President's Day sections on Monday will not meet. Students of these sections can attend either W or Th sections or the following two additional sections: Wednesday 11:00-12:10pm @ E2-194 (Raquel), Friday 2:00-3:10pm @ E2-475 (Joe)

9. 02/01/2016: Grades of quiz 2 are on ecommons. Solution of quiz 2 are under the Quizzes and Exams tab. 

8. 01/27/2016: I will hold additional OH today (Wednesday) 3:00-4:00pm if you have any questions before the quiz tomorrow.  

7. 01/25/2016: Thursday Jan 28th: Quiz 2 covers the content in the homework problems assigned in Sections 3.1 - 5.4.  You do NOT need to memorize the Poisson, binomial, normal probability formulas (you will have a table provided to you if one is needed), but you DO need to know the formula(s) to compute the mean and sd of the Poisson and binomial.      DON'T FORGET YOUR CALCULATORS!!!!

6. 01/19/2016: Additional discussion sections for this week, Wednesday 1:30-2:40pm (Raquel) @ E2-475 and Friday 2:00-3:10pm @ E2-475 (Joe). I will have OH tomorrow Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm (instead of Thursday) and Joe will have on Thursday  12:00-2:00pm (instead of Wednesday).

5. 01/17/2015: Grades of Quiz 1 are on ecommons! Collect your quiz during lecture or sections this week. Otherwise during OH. Sections on Monday 01/18 are cancelled due to MLK day. Students of these sections can attend either W or Th sections and two more will be added for this week (TBA).

4. 01/12/2015:  Thursday January 14th: Quiz 1 covers sections 1.1-1.3 and 2.1-2.7, study the relevant topics that we cover in the lectures. The homework problems are your BEST practice source, followed by the lecture slides. Remember:   Nooooo!!!!! Phones!!!!! Bring a calculator that has at minimum the square root function!!

3. 01/09/2015: MSI schedule has been posted. See below.

2. 01/04/2015: Except grades, everything related to class will be posted in this website such as lecture notes and announcements.  Please check this website regularly.

1. 01/04/2015:  The first section will meet on Wednesday January 6th.  In the first lecture, our TAs and lab instructors will visit our class and announce some information needed for discussion sections and labs! Please *attend* the first lecture.

 General Class Information

 Lecture Times: Tuesday, Thursday 8:00- 9:45am, Marine & Earth B206

Instructor: Tatiana Xifara

Email: xifara@soe.ucsc.edu (please put "AMS7" in the subject line)

Office: Baskin Engineering 365B

Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm, Thursday 11:00am-12:00pm, or by appointment


Required Text: Biostatistics for the Biological and Health Sciences, M. M. Triola and M. F. Triola, Pearson (2006).

Course Objectives:To introduce the basic ideas of probability and statistics with emphasis on applications to the
natural and social sciences and to everyday life.  While we will learn how to do some calculations by hand, the primary goal is understanding of concepts, including the ability to interpret results.  Topics are detailed in the schedule (see Syllabus).


Course Syllabus


Teaching Assistants:

  • Raquel Barata  (rbarata@ucsc.edu)  Office Hours: Friday 10:30am - 12:30pm BE 312 C/D
  • Daniel Kirsner (dkirsner@ucsc.edu)  Office Hours: Monday 2:00pm - 4:00pm E2 480 

  •  Xinchen (Joe) Yu  (xyu26@ucsc.edu)  Office Hours: Wednesday 11:00am - 1:00pm  E2 480 


Discussion Sections:

02A DIS 41259 W 08:00AM-09:10AM Daniel J Baskin Engr 372          
02B DIS 41260 M 05:00PM-06:10PM Raquel Kresge Clrm 323          
02C DIS 41261 M 06:30PM-07:40PM Raquel Kresge Clrm 323          
02D DIS 41262 Th 04:00PM-05:10PM Joe J Baskin Engr 165          
02E DIS 41263 M 11:00AM-12:10PM Joe Engineer 2 194


There are two holidays this quarter, MLK day on Monday, January 18th and Presidents Day on Monday, February 15th, sections will not meet on these days. For re-arrangements look for an announcement here.



AMS7 has MSI support this quarter. If you are not familiar with MSI, the main MSI website is http://lss.ucsc.edu/programs/modified-supplemental-instruction/index.html.

The MSI instructor is Marlet Andaya, email: mandaya@ucsc.edu. The MSI schedule is as follows:

MSI sections

Tuesday 12:00 - 1:15pm in ARCenter 202

Wednesday 2:00 - 3:10pm in Oakes Learning Center

Thursday 4:00 - 5:15pm in ARCenter 116 


Additional Information



If you qualify for classroom accomodations because of a disability, please submit your Accomodation Authorization from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to me during my office hours in a timely manner, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. Contact the DRC at 459-2089 V, 459-4806 TTY.

Academic Integrity

You are reminded of the University's Policy on Academic Integrity.  I hope not to have to remind any of you individually about this policy.


Some Thoughts About Lectures

"In Praise of Lectures" gives some ideas about the purpose of lectures, note-taking, and not being afraid to ask questions. It's target audience is more advanced mathematics students, but everything it says applies here. Think about the ideas it presents, and you will have a better time in AMS7 lectures. In particular

  • Lectures complement reading the textbook. In lectures I can spend extra time explaining ideas that students find confusing or difficult. I can try to judge from your behaviour your level of comprehension and adjust what I say accordingly.
  • I am not, however, a mind-reader. If you have questions, please ask them. If you don't understand something, chances are there are others who don't understand either, but are more inhibited than you are.
  • If you don't want to concentrate on the lecture, you're not required to attend. Please be considerate of those who do want to concentrate.
  • The lectures will present the material, but you will only know if you truly understand it if you try the homework problems. Only by applying the ideas yourself will you know that you have mastered them. “I went to a lecture on the violin, but when I tried playing one it sounded horrid. The lecturer can't have been any good.”
  • If you are having difficulties, please come and see me during office hours. Do this early in the quarter, rather than a week before the final exam. My goal is for everyone to understand and be comfortable with the material. If this is also your goal, I'm willing to do what's needed to help you achieve that goal.