AP Statistics

Course Description:

AP® Statistics introduces students to exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and determining statistical inference. It also integrates key statistical concepts with biblical teaching and Christian theology. Students learn that many of the “greats” throughout the history of statistics, including Galileo and Newton, were not only Christians but were inspired by biblical teachings (the doctrine of creation, divine providence, etc.). In this vein, there are many ways in which statistics can help us know God and God’s world better—to say nothing of the many ways in which God’s Word can help us know and engage statistics better.

As students work their way through this challenging yet highly engaging course, they plan, 
conduct studies, anticipate patterns using probabilities and simulations, use statistical inference to analyze data and draw conclusions, and otherwise begin to think about statistics from a
distinctly Christian perspective. Confidence levels in inferential statistics give students occasion to reflect on certainty and uncertainty in Christian theology.  
This course is designed to provide a college-level experience and prepare students for the AP® exam. Students must take the AP® Exam in order to receive AP® credit.

Prerequisite(s):
Algebra 2

Recommended Grade Level(s):
11th – 12th

Approved by:

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®)
  • University of California (UC)
  • College Board

Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:
Creation

The doctrine of creation is nothing less than a boon to mathematical investigation and statistical analysis. Not only does it insist on the orderly and intelligible nature of the universe, but it also maintains the distinction between Creator and creation; the creation of human beings in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–27); and the human mandate to subdue the earth on God’s behalf (Genesis 1:28). This cultural mandate implies care, stewardship, discovery, and the development of the potential that God has built into creation.
Fall
Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden resulted in human sinfulness, judgment, and death (Genesis 3:14—4:16; Romans 5:12–21). Like any other human phenomena, then, statistical analysis reflects our fallenness in a variety of ways—from perverse curiosity to the errors we commit, even to the dangers of using percentiles to compare ourselves with others.
Redemption
Thankfully, God has been in the business of redeeming statistics for millennia. In fact, as many historians have pointed out, modern statistics were very much born out of a theistic, and indeed Christian, milieu. Many of the “greats” throughout the history of statistics, including Galileo and Newton, were not only Christians, but were inspired by biblical teachings (the doctrine of creation, divine providence, etc.). In this vein, there are many ways in which statistics can help us know God and God’s world better—to say nothing of the many ways in which God’s Word can help us know and engage statistics better. For instance, the orderliness that makes associations between variables possible shows not only God’s wisdom in creation (Proverbs 8:22–31) but also his character (1 Corinthians 14:33). Likewise, confidence levels in inferential statistics give us occasion to reflect on certainty and uncertainty in Christian theology (cf. 1 Corinthians 13:12). Finally, Type I and Type II errors allow us to weigh the eternal consequences of a potentially false theism and a potentially false atheism.

Required Materials:   
Equipment 
College Board-approved graphing calculator 
Software 
TI Connect Software (free download) 
* Common household items, and access to research materials as well as word processing and presentation software, may be required for the completion of lab activities and/or other 
assignments. See course for details.