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Introductory Statistics is intended for the one-semester introduction to statistics course for students who are not mathematics or engineering majors. It focuses on the interpretation of statistical results, especially in real world settings, and assumes that students have an understanding of intermediate algebra. In addition to end of section practice and homework sets, examples of each topic are explained step-by-step throughout the text and followed by a Try It problem that is designed as extra practice for students. This book also includes collaborative exercises and statistics labs designed to give students the opportunity to work together and explore key concepts.

About Introductory Statistics

The original text Introductory Statistics has been adapted specifically for MATH1020 at Red River College. It is designed for the one-semester, introduction to statistics course and is geared toward students majoring in business, or fields other than math or engineering. This text assumes students have been exposed to intermediate algebra, and it focuses on the applications of statistical knowledge rather than the theory behind it.

The foundation of this textbook is Collaborative Statistics , by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean. Additional topics, examples, and ample opportunities for practice have been added to each chapter. The development choices for this textbook were made with the guidance of many faculty members who are deeply involved in teaching this course. These choices led to innovations in art, terminology, and practical applications, all with a goal of increasing relevance and accessibility for students. We strove to make the discipline meaningful, so that students can draw from it a working knowledge that will enrich their future studies and help them make sense of the world around them.

Coverage and scope

Chapter 1 Sampling and Data
Chapter 2 Descriptive Statistics
Chapter 3 Probability Topics
Chapter 4 Discrete Random Variables
Chapter 5 The Normal Distribution
Chapter 6 The Central Limit Theorem
Chapter 7 Confidence Intervals
Chapter 8 Hypothesis Testing with One Sample
Chapter 9 Hypothesis Testing with Two Samples

Pedagogical foundation and features

  • Examples are placed strategically throughout the text to show students the step-by-step process of interpreting and solving statistical problems. To keep the text relevant for students, the examples are drawn from a broad spectrum of practical topics; these include examples about college life and learning, health and medicine, retail and business, and sports and entertainment.
  • Try It practice problems immediately follow many examples and give students the opportunity to practice as they read the text. They are usually based on practical and familiar topics, like the Examples themselves .
  • Collaborative Exercises provide an in-class scenario for students to work together to explore presented concepts.
  • The Technology Icon indicates where the use of a calculator or computer software is recommended.
  • Practice, Homework, and Bringing It Together problems give the students problems at various degrees of difficulty while also including real-world scenarios to engage students.

Statistics labs

These innovative activities were developed by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean in order to offer students the experience of designing, implementing, and interpreting statistical analyses. They are drawn from actual experiments and data-gathering processes, and offer a unique hands-on and collaborative experience. The labs provide a foundation for further learning and classroom interaction that will produce a meaningful application of statistics.

Statistics Labs appear at the end of each chapter, and begin with student learning outcomes, general estimates for time on task, and any global implementation notes. Students are then provided step-by-step guidance, including sample data tables and calculation prompts. The detailed assistance will help the students successfully apply the concepts in the text and lay the groundwork for future collaborative or individual work.

About our team

Senior contributing authors

Barbara Illowsky De Anza College
Susan Dean De Anza College


Abdulhamid Sukar Cameron University
Abraham Biggs Broward Community College
Adam Pennell Greensboro College
Alexander Kolovos
Andrew Wiesner Pennsylvania State University
Ann Flanigan Kapiolani Community College
Benjamin Ngwudike Jackson State University
Birgit Aquilonius West Valley College
Bryan Blount Kentucky Wesleyan College
Carol Olmstead De Anza College
Carol Weideman St. Petersburg College
Charles Ashbacher Upper Iowa University, Cedar Rapids
Charles Klein De Anza College
Cheryl Wartman University of Prince Edward Island
Cindy Moss Skyline College
Daniel Birmajer Nazareth College
David Bosworth Hutchinson Community College
David French Tidewater Community College
Dennis Walsh Middle Tennessee State University
Diane Mathios De Anza College
Ernest Bonat Portland Community College
Frank Snow De Anza College
George Bratton University of Central Arkansas
Inna Grushko De Anza College
Janice Hector De Anza College
Javier Rueda De Anza College
Jeffery Taub Maine Maritime Academy
Jim Helmreich Marist College
Jim Lucas De Anza College
Jing Chang College of Saint Mary
John Thomas College of Lake County
Jonathan Oaks Macomb Community College
Kathy Plum De Anza College
Larry Green Lake Tahoe Community College
Laurel Chiappetta University of Pittsburgh
Lenore Desilets De Anza College
Lisa Markus De Anza College
Lisa Rosenberg Elon University
Lynette Kenyon Collin County Community College
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Mel Jacobsen Snow College
Michael Greenwich College of Southern Nevada
Miriam Masullo SUNY Purchase
Mo Geraghty De Anza College
Nydia Nelson St. Petersburg College
Philip J. Verrecchia York College of Pennsylvania
Robert Henderson Stephen F. Austin State University
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Roberta Bloom De Anza College
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Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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