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12-27-2018, 08:23 PM
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I am not mathematically inclined so I struggled through high school algebra. When I got to college, a statistics course was required. Turned out to be simple for me.

It wasn't like math, not to me anyway. I was great at high school geometry too and that didn't seem like math. It was more verbal and consisted of memorizing formulas and knowing when to apply them.

Statistics was like geometry in that we learned the formulas and just had to apply them. It's nothing like algebra, something that seemed like it belonged on another planet.
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01-09-2019, 10:05 PM
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can an Given this data set – from the NOAA for Manchester, NH, select a random month between January 1930 and December 1957. Begin with this month and analyze the next 25 data values (i.e. 2 years and 1 month) for the variable “TPCP” (See Second Tab in Data Set for variable descriptions). For example, if May 1955 is chosen as the starting month, then the “TPCP” data would be from May 1955 through May 1957. Using Excel, StatCrunch, etc., construct a histogram to represent your sample. Report the sample mean, median, and standard deviation as a part of your discussion of skewness. Determine the interval for the middle 68% of your sample data and relate this to the sample standard deviation. Comment on the similarities and differences between your sample data and that of your classmates. Why are there differences if the samples are drawn from the same population? help me with this problem:

01-12-2019, 10:39 PM
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 Originally Posted by in_newengland I am not mathematically inclined so I struggled through high school algebra. When I got to college, a statistics course was required. Turned out to be simple for me. It wasn't like math, not to me anyway. I was great at high school geometry too and that didn't seem like math. It was more verbal and consisted of memorizing formulas and knowing when to apply them. Statistics was like geometry in that we learned the formulas and just had to apply them. It's nothing like algebra, something that seemed like it belonged on another planet.
I liked statistics too. I needed it for grad school. I dreaded it, then I enjoyed it.

I also liked Geometry in HS.

OTOH, I hated algebra in HS and college. I am convinced that it is Satanic.

09-09-2019, 12:44 PM
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I too suck at math. I took algebra at a community college. Arithmetic is/was easy for me. Once the alphabet got involved, well, three algebra courses became six algebra courses. I had to take the algebra in order to take statistics in order to transfer into the university where I got my nursing degree. Statistics though was easy for me. I got a B! Five years on and I am still delighted that I earned a B in a math course! The professor had the students rent a program called StatCrunch. StatCrunch did the math and I decided what the numbers meant. All I needed do was plug the numbers in. The professor also gave an inch thick booklet to all of his students with all the algebra equations that would be needed if the student did not want to invest in the computer program. Easy choice for me.

09-15-2019, 09:27 AM
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How can you even get into college if algebra is a struggle?

10-12-2019, 07:17 AM
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I struggle in math and so I hired a private tutor when I needed statistics. I was transferring and had already been accepted while still at CC but it was contingent on me getting a B or better in statistics. It was worth the money.

11-29-2019, 12:15 AM
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For that person above and others like them: What is with your pretension?! Of COURSE you can get into college when algebra was a struggle! Damn algebra is not the definition of intelligence, it is the definition of childish, "I'm-pulling-numbers-out-of-the-clouds-and-saying-this-is-what-they-compute-to" made up nonsense. That is what algebra is. I could say the sky is green and be = to what algebra's concepts are.
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