Understanding Basic Statistics,
7th Edition

Charles Henry Brase, Corrinne Pellillo Brase

ISBN-13: 9781305267251 | ISBN-10: 1305267257

Copyright 2016

| Published 2015

| 680 pages

List Price USD $159.95


Help students overcome their apprehension about statistics with Brase and Brase's UNDERSTANDING BASIC STATISTICS. A condensed and more streamlined version of the same authors' bestselling UNDERSTANDABLE STATISTICS, Eleventh Edition, this book offers instructors an effective way to teach the essentials of statistics, including early coverage of regression, within a more limited time frame. Thorough yet abbreviated, the text helps students realize the real-world significance of statistics, and offers an accessible exposition and a complete technology package. The Seventh Edition addresses the growing importance of developing students' critical thinking and statistical literacy skills with critical thinking features and new exercises throughout the text.

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Charles Brase has more than 30 years of full-time teaching experience in Mathematics and Statistics. He taught at the University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus, for several years and at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, for more than 28 years. Charles received the Excellence in Teaching award from the University of Hawaii and the Faculty Member of the Year award from Regis University on two occasions. He earned degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has a Ph.D. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Physics.

Corrinne Pellillo Brase has taught at Hawaii Pacific College, Honolulu Community College, and Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. She was also involved in the mathematics component of an equal opportunity program at the University of Colorado. Corrinne received the Faculty of the Year award from Arapahoe Community College. She earned degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has an M.A. and B.A. in Mathematics.

  • New copies of the text are packaged with JMP® statistical software.
  • "What Does . . . Tell Us?" and "Important Features of a . . ." provide brief, just-in-time summaries of key concepts.
  • New examples and exercises help to keep the material fresh, timely, and relevant.
  • The book's exposition has been tightened and simplified wherever possible.
  • Cumulative review problems appear after every third chapter and integrate concepts introduced in the previous set of chapters, allowing students to regularly reconsider the course material already covered and reinforce their understanding of key concepts.
  • "Expand Your Knowledge" problems present the geometric mean and the harmonic mean, moving averages, correlation of averages, odds for and odds against, uniform probability distribution, plus four methods for confidence intervals, probability of two confidence intervals, and serial correlation.
  • Bulleted chapter summaries make it easy for students to identify key concepts covered in a chapter and to review the material quickly and effectively when working on class assignments or preparing for a test.
  • The book is available with Aplia, an interactive online homework and learning solution that improves comprehension and outcomes by increasing student effort and engagement. Aplia provides automatically graded assignments with detailed, immediate explanations on every question, and innovative teaching materials. Exercises are taken directly from text. Aplia homework engages students in critical thinking, requiring them to synthesize and apply knowledge, not simply recall it. It contains a robust course management system with analytics, enabling professors to easily track student performance.
  • Interpretation boxes in several chapters help students refine their critical thinking and analysis skills by providing them with practice in explaining their statistical results in the context of a particular application.
  • Critical Thinking boxes at the end of most sections help students hone their critical thinking skills by providing additional clarification on specific statistical concepts as a safeguard against incorrect evaluation of information.
  • Up-to-date technology-related examples include instruction appropriate for the latest versions of MINITAB®, SPSS®, and Excel®. Denoted by icons in the text, "Tech Notes" provide best practices and accompanying screenshots to assist students who are using these programs. "Using Technology" sections at the end of each chapter present problems with real-world data from a variety of disciplines.
  • "Focus Points" at the beginning of each section introduce the topics to be covered, allowing students to familiarize themselves with the main ideas in advance and focus their reading and studying.

Table of Contents

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What Is Statistics? Random Samples. Introduction to Experimental Design.
Frequency Distributions, Histograms, and Related Topics. Bar Graphs, Circle Graphs, and Time-Series Graphs. Stem-and-Leaf Displays.
Measures of Central Tendency: Mode, Median, and Mean. Measures of Variation. Percentiles and Box-and-Whisker Plots.
Scatter Diagrams and Linear Correlation. Linear Regression and the Coefficient of Determination.
What Is Probability? Some Probability Rules-Compound Events. Trees and Counting Techniques.
Introduction to Random Variables and Probability Distributions. Binomial Probabilities. Additional Properties of the Binomial Distribution.
Graphs of Normal Probability Distributions. Standard Units and Areas under the Standard Normal Distribution. Areas under Any Normal Curve. Sampling Distributions. The Central Limit Theorem. Normal Approximation to Binomial Distribution and to p ̂ Distribution.
Estimating µ When σ Is Known. Estimating µ When σ Is Unknown. Estimating p in the Binomial Distribution.
Introduction to Statistical Tests. Testing the Mean µ. Testing a Proportion p.
Tests Involving Paired Differences (Dependent Samples). Inferences about the Difference of Two Means µ1 − µ2. Inferences about the Difference of Two Proportions p1 − p2.
Part I: Inferences Using the Chi-Square Distribution.
Overview of the Chi-Square Distribution. Chi-Square: Tests of Independence and of Homogeneity. Chi-Square: Goodness of Fit. Testing a Single Variance or Standard Deviation.
Part II: Inferences Relating to Linear Regression.
Inferences for Correlation and Regression.

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Student Solutions Manual for Brase/Brase's Understanding Basic Statistics, 7th

Contains fully worked-out solutions to all of the odd-numbered exercises in the text, giving you a way to check your answers and ensure that you took the correct steps to arrive at an answer.

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