Features and Benefits

  • Balanced Approach: the text strikes a balance between computation, decision making, and conceptual understanding (as endorsed by the GAISE recommendations).
  • Personalized learning with MyMathLab for School: The online course provides users with countless opportunities to practice, plus resources and tools specific to statistics that enhance their experience and comprehension.
  • Stepped out instruction and guided learning build students’ knowledge and skills in statistics:
    • Where You’ve Been visual descriptions begin each chapter with real-life problems that show students how the chapter content fits into the bigger picture of statistics and connects to the topics learned in earlier chapters.
    • Where You’re Going features provide an overview of the chapter and explore concepts in the context of real-world settings.
    • What You Should Learn sections present learning objectives in everyday language.
    • Definitions and Formulas appear in easy-to-locate boxes. These are often followed by Guidelines that explain In Words and In Symbols how to apply the formula or understand the definition.
    • Margin Features reinforce understanding through Study Tips showing how to read a table, use technology, or interpret a result or a graph; Insights driving home important interpretations or connecting concepts; and Picturing the World real-life mini case studies illustrating important concepts in the section.
    • Solid review and assessment aids ensure mastery of the concepts before students move on in the text
  • Real-life and interactive features present statistics at work in the real world and show how statistics is relevant to students’ lives.
  • Examples and exercises tie the material to students’ lives. Approximately 40% of the more than 210 examples in this edition are new or revised.
  • Exercises: NEW! More than 2,300 exercises give students practice in performing calculations, making decision, providing explanations, and applying results to a real-life setting—including approximately 45% new or revised.
  • End-of-section exercises are divided into three parts: Building Basic Skills and Vocabulary, with short answer, true or false, and vocabulary exercises; Using Interpreting Concepts, with skill or word problems; and Extending Concepts that go beyond the material in the section to challenge students.