## Angie’s Top Ten List

Why Take AP Stats?

- Save Money – Earn College Credit when you pass the AP exam.
- Save Time – By earning college credit, you may take fewer classes in college.
- Retain Understanding – Take the course over one year in high school versus 10 weeks in college.
- Jobs, jobs, jobs!! – Companies want to hire their personal on-site statisticians/mathematicians.
- Multitudes of Applications – Become a statistician in your sought after profession; almost everything you can think of gathers stats waiting to be analyzed.
- We are always normal and linear.
- Stats is really more writing than math. But this class is awesome for those who love both!!
- You will adore using new features on your Nspire Calculator. The AP exam is 100% calculator!
- There are lots of activities and hands-on applications in class.
- The answers provide you with confidence as many times you provide an interval of values, not a single number.

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This is a great Top 10 list Angie. I am not sure what an Nspire Calculator is as when I was in school it was a TI-85 (if you had the $100 to dish out), so I may have to look into that. You make a lot of valid points – the 10 weeks vs 1 year (longer time to connect with material and understand it). Number 4 is a big one – how does it apply to the real world – by giving you a job in this terrible job market (or depending on your location).

Hi Kelsey: Thanks for the feedback and glad you liked the list. BTW, an Nspire is the newest version of the TI-83, 84 85’s.

Nice list! It seems pretty convincing. I don’t self-identify as a math person, but I will admit my Stats class from college has had many real-world applications later on. #3, 8, and 9 resonate the most with me.

Hi Kaelyn: After teaching stats for the first year, I realized the class is more about reading and writing. Just like the real world, we use a lot of technology in stats to “handle” the math. The calculator is actually more accurate in many statistical scenarios too. Thanks for the feedback! #3 is the one I think is really important as well. I retained all my math from high school even years later, but college…not so much!!

Angie, note the short annotations that you provided for each item. A good habit to develop as a blogger.

Thanks!