2nd Edition

Statistics with a Sense of Humor A Humorous Workbook & Guide to Study Skills

By Fred Pyrczak Copyright 1999

    •We’ve added a comprehensive basic math review to this edition. It will get your students off to a good start in statistics.

    • In the worksheets, students obtain answers to humorous riddles if their work is correct. If the answer to a riddle does not make sense, they know to check their work.

    • Easy to coordinate with all major statistics textbooks because each exercise covers only a limited number of statistics.

    • All major topics are included—from calculating percentages to conducting a one-way ANOVA.

    • Over 40 humorously illustrated, interactive guides give your students solid advice on study skills covering everything from how to get the most out of a statistics textbook to how to work with a tutor.

    • The 64-page instructor’s answer key shows all the steps in the solutions for the computational problems. This key makes it easy for you to start using the workbook right away.

    • This book has been a perennial best-seller. Minor adjustments throughout bring you an improved Second Edition for 1999.


    1. Math Review: Order of Operations

    2. Math Review: Negatives

    3. Math Review: Rounding

    4. Math Review: Decimals

    5. Math Review: Fractions and Decimals

    6. Math Review: Algebraic Manipulations

    7. Frequency Distribution and Cumulative Frequencies

    8. Polygon

    9. Three Averages: Computations

    10. Medians from Frequency Distributions

    11. Averaging Means

    12. Averages: Concepts

    13. Range, Standard Deviation, and Variance

    14. Unbiased Estimate of Standard Deviation

    15. Standard Deviation: Concepts

    16. Quartile Deviation

    17. Standard Scores

    18. Transformed Standard Scores

    19. Areas Under the Normal Curve: I

    20. Areas Under the Normal Curve: II

    21. Areas Under the Normal Curve: III

    22. Percentile Ranks

    23. Pearson r: Computations

    24. Pearson r: Interpretation: I

    25. Pearson r: Interpretation: II

    26. Spearman’s Rank-Order Correlation

    27. Multiple Linear Correlation: Two Predictors

    28. Linear Regression

    29. Linear Regression and Standard Error of Estimate

    30. Descriptive and Correlational Concepts: Review

    31. Probability

    32. Sampling Concepts

    33. Standard Error of the Mean

    34. Confidence Interval for the Mean: Large n

    35. Confidence Interval for the Mean: Small n

    36. Null Hypothesis and Types of Errors

    37. z Test: Population Mean Known

    38. t Test: Independent Data: I

    39. t Test: Interpretation

    40. t Test: Independent Data: II

    41. t Test: Independent Data: III

    42. t Test: Dependent Data: I

    43. t Test: Dependent Data: II

    44. t Test: Dependent Data: III

    45. Significance of the Difference Between Variances: I

    46. Significance of the Difference Between Variances: II

    47. Significance of a Pearson r

    48. One-Way ANOVA: I

    49. One-Way ANOVA: II

    50. One-Way ANOVA: III

    51. Chi Square: Goodness of Fit

    52. Chi Square: Homogeneity and Independence: I

    53. Chi Square: Homogeneity and Independence: II

    54. Wilcoxon’s Matched-Pairs Test: I

    55. Wilcoxon’s Matched-Pairs Test: II

    56. Mann-Whitney U Test: I

    57. Mann-Whitney U Test: II

    58. Nonparametric and Parametric Tests: Concepts

    59. Course Review: Classification of Statistics

    60. Course Review: Vocabulary

    Key to Odd-Numbered Items
     Appendix A: Basic Math Review

    Study Skills

    Read the Introduction to the Textbook

    Calculator Tips

    Mental Estimates of Answers

    Exchange Phone Numbers

    Uses of Statistics

    Study Group in Statistics

    Graph Paper

    Tutor in Statistics

    Study Cards

    Stumped by a Formula?

    Active Listening

    Examine Data Before Computing

    Absent from Class?

    Class Notes in Statistics

    Review of Study Skills: I

    Computer Tips

    Anxiety and Stress in Statistics

    Goals for Study Sessions

    Mental Estimates: Pearson r

    Weekend Study: Time and Goals

    Recognizing Unreasonable Answers

    Exam Preparation

    Upper-case, Lower-case Symbols

    Vocabulary in Statistics

    Computers: Textbook Example

    Helping Other Students

    Understanding Ratios and Fractions

    Asking Questions in Class

    Preparing for an Office Visit

    Structure and Sequence in Statistics

    Review of Study Skills: II

    Reading a Textbook on Statistics

    Pencils and Highlighter

    Timed Tests in Statistics: I

    Finding Careless Errors

    Reviewing Class Notes

    Time Management

    Organizing Materials

    Final Exam Preparation

    Greek Letters

    Timed Tests in Statistics: II

    Decision Making and Statistics


    Course Review

    Effort vs. Luck

    No Magic Solutions


    Fred Pyrczak