Discovering Important Statistical Concepts Using SpreadSheets

Neville Hunt, Sidney Tyrrell, Coventry University, Coventry University

The Discovering Important Statistical Concepts Using Spread Sheets (DISCUSS) project is a modified and supplemented web-based implementation of the initial DISCUS materials for teaching elementary statistics at the introductory level. The site aims to integrate the powerful interactive capabilities of Microsoft Excel with the convenience of web-based resource materials using Microsoft Internet Explorer. There are several modules within the project. Modules include, [no comma] charts and graphs, the binomial distribution, the Poission distribution, sampling, regression and correlation, Buffons needle, critical path analysis and examples of coupon collecting and dice. Many of the modules are interactive with exercises to be done by hand or with Excel and web links. DISCUSS is a sequel to DISCUS (

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Topics: Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics