We live in a time of unprecedented access to information...data. Whether researching the best school, job, or relationship, the Internet has thrown open the doors to vast pools of data. Statistics are simply objective and systematic methods for describing and interpreting information so that you may make the most informed decisions about life.
It sounds strange to say, but math is not the focus of this class. To do well, however, it is necessary to have a basic understanding of proportions (fractions, decimals, and percentages), negative numbers, basic algebra (solving equations), and exponents and square roots.
Midterm 2 on Lessons 5-9
Final Exam on Lessons 10-16 (available soon)
Sean Laraway has taught at San Jose State University since 2004. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychopharmacology. He has taught statistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels since 1998. He earned his MA and PhD in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University in 2003.
Ron Rogers has been a professor of psychology at San Jose State University since 1999. Dr. Rogers has developed and taught statistics and research methods courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Rutgers University in 1995.
After creating the statistics course with Udacity, Katie worked as an instructional designer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and then at McKinsey & Company. She has also consulted for a number of organizations on product development, curricula, and pedagogy. Katie holds Bachelor's Degrees in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Utah and a Master's Degree in International Comparative Education from Stanford University. She loves yoga, snowboarding, singing, reading, and traveling, and has played chess her whole life.