Patterns in Data Tutorial and Practice

As you read in Chapter 8, researchers will often graph their data to show trends or correlations etc…

To get an even better feel for important graph types, how they are used, and how they are interpreted please go to the following site:

On the left side you will see 8 subtopics under ‘Charts and graphs’.  The first is ‘Patterns in data’ and the last is ‘Comparing data sets’.  Work through all 8 of these topics.  There are videos associated with each topic if that is helpful to you, but you do not have to watch each one if you are understanding the reading, examples and practice problems.  But remember that they are there to help you if you need it.

We will be applying all of this information (descriptive statistics, graphs, and eventually inferential statistics) to experiments throughout the rest of the course, so it is very important that you understand these things now!!

Complete by Wednesday, 3/4/15

Descriptive Statistics Walk-through and STEM Chapter 8

You should complete the following for homework:

  1. Finish the Descriptive Statistics Walk-through in Google Sheets if you didn’t finish it in class.
  2. Read Chapter 8 in your STEM book (Graphing) and answer the questions on the homework sheet given in class.  The handout is also in the ISR 2014b ‘Class View’ folder in your Google Drive.
  3. If I share another Google Sheet with you about graphing, you do not have to complete it yet.  You should wait until we do it in class.

You will have time next class (Thursday, 2/26/15) to work on this also.

Due: Sunday, 3/1/15 11:59:59pm

Descriptive Statistics Practice

You have already read chapter 7 in your STEM book on descriptive statistics.  Soon we will learn how to take advantage of computer programs to quickly calculate various statistics for us.  But first you must be sure you understand what the statistics actually mean when you are trying to interpret them.  To further help your understanding of some of these descriptive statistics, you should complete the following:

ISR Nature of Science Test

You will have a test on the material covered thus far this semester in class.  This mostly includes the notes and associated readings or activities regarding the ‘nature of science’ and any associated terminology.  This test will NOT include the chapter 7 material from your STEM book.

Test: Wednesday, 2/18/15

ISR 2014b Supercomputers Make Discoveries That Scientists Can’t

In light of our discussion about the pace of new data and knowledge, read the New Scientist article below and then comment (in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section below) on whether you think having computers search through data like this is a good thing or a bad thing and why.  In your post, you should also write one thing you think the idea behind this technology could be used for beyond the medical/health field.  What else could someone do with this type of analysis of data sets for good or evil?

You must also reply to at least one other post with a thoughtful comment on that person’s post.  For your posts, just put your first name, the first initial of your last name, and your email so I know you did it.

Supercomputers make discoveries that scientists can’t – tech – 27 August 2014 – New Scientist.

Due: Monday, 1/26/15 by 11:59:59pm

Remind Signup

To sign up for Remind via text or email you should follow these directions…

  1. You can go to and enter the class code (given in class), press enter, and then select text or email. -or-
  2. You can send a text message of your class code to 81010. -or-
  3. You can send an email to “classcode” – (no quotation marks and do not include the @ symbol that is part of the class code).  You do not need anything else in the email (subject or message).
  4. They also have apps for your phone if you would prefer the app.

You do not have to create any accounts or logins/passwords.  I will use this to send out quick reminders, quick updates, and quick links to cool stuff.  You will not see my phone number and I will not see yours.  You can not reply back to me from that text – it is outgoing from me to you only.  If you need to contact me, send me an email.  You can unsubscribe anytime by texting STOP.

**VERY IMPORTANT** – me not sending a reminder does not ever excuse you from remembering what and when things are due!!!  I am just doing this to try to help.

ISR Intro Homework 2014b

You should complete the following items for homework:

  1. Read the course syllabus located on my ISR website page.
  2. Save paper by electronically signing the syllabus by completing the Google Form located here (you must be logged into your Charter Google account to access the form).  The form requires both a student and parent signature.
  3. Read “The World Needs Thinkers” on the main page of my website (be sure to click the ‘read more’ link to get the whole article).  Write down 3-5 interesting facts you learn in the article and be prepared to discuss this information at our next class meeting.
  4. Obtain a check for $24 for your STEM Research book.  The check should be payable to The Charter School of Wilmington. (you can also bring cash)

Due: Friday, 1/23/15