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    Help please

    Not sure if this is the place to ask but I'm starting college this year and first semester I'm signed up for a stats class. My problem is that I dont have a very strong math background. I never took any Alg 2/trig classes or anything above basic geometry. Am I going to be able to get through this class coming into it with the little math knowledge I have?

    Thanks for any help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XGC Bojangles View Post
    Not sure if this is the place to ask but I'm starting college this year and first semester I'm signed up for a stats class. My problem is that I dont have a very strong math background. I never took any Alg 2/trig classes or anything above basic geometry. Am I going to be able to get through this class coming into it with the little math knowledge I have?

    Thanks for any help.
    Congratulations on starting college and taking statistics! I think statistics is one of the most useful things you can learn. Have fun with college!

    To your question: below are course descriptions for introductory statistics courses for the University of California at Berkeley as an example. The first course has no prerequisites, all the rest require some calculus. Since that first course has no prerequisites, it may be designed for you. But looking at the topics, I think you would need more math courses before you try that course.

    What is the course description and prerequisites for the course you are taking? Can you put your question to an adviser at your college?

    2. Introduction to Statistics. (4) Students who have taken 2X, 5, 20, 21, 21X, or 25 will receive no credit for 2. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Population and variables. Standard measures of location, spread and association. Normal approximation. Regression. Probability and sampling. Binomial distribution. Interval estimation. Some standard significance tests. (F,SP)

    20. Introduction to Probability and Statistics. (4) Students who have taken 2, 2X, 5, 21, 21X, or 25 will receive no credit for 20. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: One semester of calculus.For students with mathematical background who wish to acquire basic concepts. Relative frequencies, discrete probability, random variables, expectation. Testing hypotheses. Estimation. Illustrations from various fields. (F,SP)

    21. Introductory Probability and Statistics for Business. (4) Students who have taken 2, 2X, 5, 20, 21X or 25 will receive no credit for 21. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: One semester of calculus.Descriptive statistics, probability models and related concepts, sample surveys, estimates, confidence intervals, tests of significance, controlled experiments vs. observational studies, correlation and regression. (F,SP)

    25. Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers. (3) Students who have taken 2, 2X, 5, 20, or 21 will receive no credit for 25. Three hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: A year of calculus.Emphasis on concepts and applications. Conditional probability. Independence. Expectation. Standard discrete and continuous distributions. Regression and correlation. Point and interval estimation. Illustrations from engineering.
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    thanks for the reply, the course Im in is just beginners stats and the only pre reqs are either a C- in any math 100 class which was described to me as really basic algebra and what not or a certain SAT score. I qualified with my SAT score and this would be the only math I would have to take for awhile because Im going into Psychology. I'm hoping with some hard work and studying I can just get through it with a decent grade and go on with my schooling.
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