Understandable Statistics (with JMP Printed Access Card),
11th Edition

Charles Henry Brase, Corrinne Pellillo Brase

ISBN-13: 9781305652194 | ISBN-10: 1305652193

Copyright 2015

| Published 2015

| 832 pages

List Price USD $199.95


UNDERSTANDABLE STATISTICS: CONCEPTS AND METHODS, Eleventh Edition, is a thorough yet accessible program designed to help readers overcome their apprehensions about statistics. The authors provide clear guidance and informal advice while showing the links between statistics and the world. To reinforce this approach--and make the material interesting as well as easier to understand--the book integrates real-life data from a variety of sources, including journals, periodicals, newspapers, and the Internet. Readers also have opportunities to develop their critical-thinking and statistical literacy skills through special features and exercises throughout the text. The use of graphing calculators, Excel®, MINITAB®, and SPSS® is covered for those who wish to learn about these helpful tools.

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Meet the Authors

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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.

  • "What Does . . . Tell Us?" and "Important Features of a . . ." provide brief just-in-time summaries of key concepts.
  • The language has been tightened and simplified whenever possible.
  • New examples and exercises were written for the new edition.
  • "Statistical Literacy Problems" in every section and problem set test understanding of terminology, statistical methods, and the appropriate conditions for use of the different processes. "Writing Projects" test both statistical literacy and critical thinking by asking students to express their understanding in words.
  • Updated real-world applications throughout the text include new examples from a variety of disciplines.
  • Chapter summaries appear as bulleted lists for quick reference, while other hallmark features--such as "Guided Exercises" and "Procedures"--help students prepare for upcoming sections and check their understanding along the way.
  • "Critical Thinking" exercises and chapter review problems test students' understanding of statistical methods and their ability to interpret their results.
  • Updated and revised examples in Chapter 4, "Probability," incorporate sample spaces that are small and easy for students to visualize.
  • The "Looking Ahead" feature gives students a taste of forthcoming topics--showing them how the concepts and skills they're reading about will be useful in helping them grasp material covered later.
  • The "Foreshadowing" feature alerts students to additional related material to be presented in subsequent "Expand Your Knowledge" problems. Uniform probability distribution and the exponential probability distribution are introduced in the "Expand Your Knowledge" section of Chapter 6, "Normal Distributions." Polynomial regression (curvilinear regression) is discussed in the "Expand Your Knowledge" section of Chapter 9, "Correlation and Regression."
  • The "Critical Thinking" feature provides additional clarification on specific concepts, such as what tests are appropriate for what situations, what assumptions need to be made, what biases may affect the results, and when conclusions are justified.
  • Chapter 6, "Normal Distributions," covers this topic as well as sampling distributions to streamline the course and provide an immediate, important application of the normal distribution. The chapter also covers the normal approximation to the binomial distribution.
  • Instructions for using the TI-Nspire calculator are included in the TI technology guide (available online).
  • Methods and measurements are developed in the context of real-world data.
  • Problems featuring basic computation and using small data sets give students the chance to appreciate the formulas and mathematical processes that their calculators accomplish for them--and help them to better understand what the end result means.
  • 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.
  • Statistical methods are presented with a focus on both the suitability of the method and the meaning of the result.
  • The text is enhanced by a variety of online teaching and learning resources. These include the book's companion website; Aplia, an online interactive learning solution that improves comprehension of key statistical concepts; and Cengage Learning's Enhanced WebAssign®, which allows you to assign problems from the text online and ensure that students receive multimedia tutorial support as they complete their assignments.
  • The "Interpretation" feature prompts students to interpret their results in the context of a particular application.
  • Examples, guided exercises, and problem sets throughout the text feature interpretation. They also address the suitability of using a specified statistical method or process for analysis.

Table of Contents

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1. Getting Started.
2. Organizing Data.
3. Averages and Variation.
4. Elementary Probability Theory.
5. The Binomial Probability Distribution and Related Topics.
6. Normal Curves and Sampling Distributions.
7. Estimation.
8. Hypothesis Testing.
9. Correlation and Regression.
10. Chi-Square and F Distributions.
11. Nonparametric Statistics.

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This instructor version of the text includes answers to all exercises, including those not found in the answer key of the student edition, as well as sample tests for each chapter and teaching hints annotated in the margins.

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