When understood and applied appropriately, mathematics is both beautiful and powerful. As a result, students are sometimes tempted to extend that power beyond appropriate limits. In teaching statistics at both the high school and college level, I have found that one of students' biggest struggles is applying their understanding of probability to make appropriate inferences.
Edited by Ruth Doverdover@imsa.edu Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Aurora, IL
Michael Dempsey, MDempsey@wtps.org, teaches AP Statistics and Honors Precalculus at Washington Township High School in Sewell, New Jersey, and is also an adjunct instructor at Peirce College in Philadelphia. His interests include real-world applications of probability and statistics.