What to Expect as an AP Stats Student
Contract for Accepted Students
AP Statistics Summer Assignment - Due the first day of school

Welcome future statisticians!
This summer you will begin your exploration into data exploration, analysis and inference. The purpose of this is assignment has two objectives:
  1. To explore current ideas about how we as a society think about data and the people, places and things the data represent.
  2. Gain an understanding of the skills you will cultivate in AP Statistics.

This assignment is due on the first day of school. It will count as your first graded assessment for this course.

Part 1: The Summer Reading Assignment

Select one of the following books to read over the summer.
All books may be borrowed from the Chicopee Public Library - remember, even if their copy is out, they will get you one from another library in Western Mass, for FREE, usually in about a week or less.
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David and Goliath: Underdogs,
Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell
Available at the
Chicopee Public Library

Proofiness: How You Are
Being Fooled by the Numbers
by Charles Seife
Available at the
Chicopee Public Library

Standard Deviations: Flawed
Assumptions, Tortured Data
and Other Ways to Lie with Statistics
by Gary Smith
Available through Inter-Library Loan
at the Chicopee Public Library





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Naked Statistics: Stripping the
Dread from the Data
by Charles Wheelan
Available at the
Chicopee Public Library

Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell
Available at the
Chicopee Public Library

Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman
Available at the
Chicopee Public Library
After reading the selected book, please answer the following questions:
  1. What was the main idea the book tried to convey to its audience?
  2. How did the author organize the book to illustrate the main idea?
  3. What did you find most interesting about the author’s main idea?
  4. What did you find most surprising about the author’s conclusion(s)?
Answer the questions fully and completely. That means, you must answer each question with supporting evidence and cite the source when doing so. Please be aware that these questions cannot be answered in one sentence!

Part 2: The Summer Work Assignment

Answers must be written explicitly; that means, if work is required to interpret the solution then that work must be shown for full credit.
AP Statistics Summer Assignment - Due the first day of school