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Reese's Pieces Activity: Sampling from a Population part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Teaching with Data Simulations:Examples
This activity uses simulation to help students understand sampling variability and reason about whether a particular samples result is unusual, given a particular hypothesis. By using first candies, then a web applet, and varying sample size, students learn that larger samples give more stable and better estimates of a population parameter and develop an appreciation for factors affecting sampling variability.
Simulating the Effect of Sample Size on the Sampling Distribution of the Mean part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Teaching with Data Simulations:Examples
A java applet that simulates the sampling distribution of the mean. It allows students to explore the effect of sample size.
Independent Samples t-Test: Chips Ahoy® vs. Supermarket Brand part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Testing Conjectures:Examples
In this hands-on activity, students count the number of chips in cookies in order to carry out an independent samples t-test to compare Chips Ahoy® cookies and a supermarket brand. It can involve discussion of randomness and independence of samples, comparing two parameters with null and alternative hypotheses, and the practical issues of counting chips in a cookie.
Using Your Hair to Understand Descriptive Statistics part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Testing Conjectures:Examples
The purpose of this activity is to enhance students’ understanding of various descriptive measures in statistics. In particular, students will gain a visual understanding of means, medians, quartiles, and boxplots without doing any computations by completing this activity.
An In-Class Experiment to Estimate Binomial Probabilities part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Testing Conjectures:Examples
This hands-on activity asks students to conduct a binomial experiment and calculate a confidence interval for the true probabiity. It is useful for involving students, and for having a discussion about the interpretation of confidence intervals and the role of sample size in estimation.
Psychic test part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Show relative frequency converging to true probability by testing the psychic ability of your students.
Count the Fs: Why a Sample instead of a Census? part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Interactive Lectures:Examples
This interactive lecture activity motivates the need for sampling. "Why sample, why not just take a census?" Under time pressure, students count the number of times the letter F appears in a paragraph. The activity demonstrates that a census, even when it is easy to take, may not give accurate information. Under the time pressure measurement errors are more frequently made in the census rather than in a small sample.
Using an Applet to Demonstrate a Sampling Distribution part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Introducing sampling distribution through cooperative learning among students using a group activity. Afterwards, use the sampling distribution applet to illustrate.
Helping Students Discover Total Internal Reflection part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Students learn the basic relationship of Snell's Law, practice applying it to a situation, then are given another situation where it "doesn't work."??? This situation turns out to be one in ...
The Evolution of Pearsons Correlation Coefficient/Exploring Relationships between Two Quantitative Variables part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Interactive Lectures:Examples
The evolution of ideas is often ignored in the teaching of statistics. It is important to show students how definitions and formulas evolve. This activity describes a fairly straightforward activity of how measures of association can evolve.
Histogram Sorting Using Cooperative Learning part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
Intended as an early lesson in an introductory statistics course, this lesson uses cooperative learning methods to introduce distributions. Students develop awareness of the different versions of particular shapes (e.g., different types of skewed distributions, or different types of normal distributions), and that there is a difference between models (normal, uniform) and characteristics (skewness, symmetry, etc.).
Understanding the standard deviation: What makes it larger or smaller? part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
Using cooperative learning methods, this activity helps students develop a better intuitive understanding of what is meant by variability in statistics.
Body Measures: Exploring Distributions and Graphs Using Cooperative Learning part of CAUSE Teaching Methods:Cooperative Learning:Examples
This lesson is intended as an early lesson in an introductory statistics course. The lesson introduces distributions, and the idea that distributions help us understand central tendencies and variability. Cooperative learning methods, real data, and structured interaction emphasize an active approach to teaching statistical concepts and thinking.
The Magic of Optics: Now you see it, now you don't part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Interactive Demonstrations:Examples
A magical demonstration where a Pyrex tube vanishes in a beaker of mineral oil. Useful demonstration to introduce to concept of refraction (and/or partial reflection).
Introduction to Torques: A Question of Balance, Featuring the Sledge Hammer of the Sierra Madre part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Interactive Demonstrations:Examples
Interactive Lecture Demonstrations to illustrate the nature of torques and on the balancing of torques in static equilibrium.
Experiment Problem in Kinematics: How Much Does it Take to Win the Race? part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Interactive Demonstrations:Examples
In this activity, students are presented with two objects that have different constant speeds and that will race each other. The students must determine which object will win the race, as well as either how much time elapses between the objects crossing the finish line.
Properties of Electrostatic Charge: Interactive Lecture Demonstration part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Interactive Demonstrations:Examples
This activity is an interactive lecture demonstration format which can be used to teach the first lesson of electrostatics. Students will investigate conservation of charge, charge by contact, polarization of charge and charge by induction.
Elastic and Inelastic Collisions: The Case of the Happy and Sad Balls part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Interactive Demonstrations:Examples
Interactive Lecture Demonstration to illustrate that impulses are larger in elastic collisions than in inelastic collisions if other factors are the same.
The Standard Model: Using CERN output graphics to identify elementary particles part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Just in Time Teaching:Examples
After using the historical development of the Standard Model to develop introductory understanding, students link to OPAL and DELPHI data archives from CERN to identify and study the tracks from elementary particles.
Angular Momentum Experiment part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Just in Time Teaching:Examples
After using the historical development of concepts of conserved motion to develop introductory understanding, students are directed to a series of activities to gain a better understanding of momentum, conservation of momenta, angular momentum, and conservation of angular momenta.