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Elementary Statistics 3rd Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0131924956
ISBN-10: 0131924958
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Dr. Ron Larson is a professor of mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught since 1970. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Colorado and is considered the pioneer of using multimedia to enhance the learning of mathematics, having authored over 30 software titles since 1990. Dr. Larson conducts numerous seminars and in-service workshops for math educators around the country about using computer technology as an instructional tool and motivational aid. He is the recipient of the 2013 Text and Academic Authors Association Award for CALCULUS, the 2012 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for CALCULUS: AN APPLIED APPROACH, the 2011 William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award for PRECALCULUS: REAL MATHEMATICS, REAL PEOPLE, and the 1996 Text and Academic Authors Association TEXTY Award for INTERACTIVE CALCULUS (a complete text on CD-ROM that was the first mainstream college textbook to be offered on the Internet). Dr. Larson authors numerous textbooks including the best-selling Calculus series published by Cengage Learning. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall College Div; 3rd edition (January 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131924958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131924956
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By MagicSkip VINE VOICE on February 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was assigned this book for teaching my 100-level college intro-stats course. It is much better organized than the previous book I used, but it isn't as thorough. Some topics, such as calculating a median and other percentiles using depth on an ordered list, are simply omitted in this book.

It seems that some topics are omitted or glossed over because they might be too complex for "Elementary" statistics. On the other hand, the more complex topics in the book, such as hypothesis testing -- a topic that students consistently have a hard time understanding -- are not covered in enough depth.

Our students are sold this book in a package with videos on CD, a study guide, and a couple other things. This package is, in my opinion, worthless to a student in a class. They may be valuable to someone teaching themselves, or to a student in an online class, but for a live class, I think they are a waste of money.

The CD videos show a teacher working through the topics and some of the problems in the book. However, the teacher seems to have, (hands flail) y'know, a highly repetitive, (hands flail) y'know, (hands flail) vocabulary (hands flail), and it's (hands flail) y'know (hands flail) really hard to (hands flail) y'know, watch him (hands flail) y'know, teach. Like his hands have a nervous tic or something. I'm sure I have my own quirks in class, but this guy... his hands are something else.

All in all, I think the book is pretty good, with solid examples, well-highlighted definitions and key points. The chapter exercises are good in that they start VERY easy and progress through up to reasonably difficult, while staying within the limits of the text.

I told my department head: I like the book, but I recommend it without the bonus materials (and associated costs!).
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By B.T. on May 26, 2007
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Elementary Statistics was the book required for my class this semester and let me tell you - IT SUCKS!

This book pulls numbers out of thin air constantly and instead of telling you how to apply (or come up with) a formula it will just say something like "use a calculator to find ______"

I honestly learned more from google than from this book, and can't figure out why someone would make this required reading material for any class.
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I am disappointed with the solutions manual. There are too many problems that have only the answer instead of the steps to solve the problem. Students who are taking online or distance classes need the step-by-step solution of the problems.
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This text is in its third edition, and the NUMEROUS wrong answers in back of the book still haven't been corrected!
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Excellent book! This is an easy to follow textbook for elementary statistics. There are a lot of examples and a lot of exercise to practice what you learned in the examples. I didn't purchase the student study pack, but several students in my class did and it really helped a lot.
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This was a book that I needed for a course. It served its purpose and I was happy to sell it back to the bookstore where it belonged.
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Just what I expected.And it has a recipe for a great pizza. I only with it would have had an apple pie.
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They are the same from 3rd to 5th edition . Savery your money, the difference is not important.
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