"The way his horses ran could be summed up in a word. Last. He once had a horse who finished ahead of the winner of the 1942 Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately, the horse started running in the 1941 Kentucky Derby." -- (Groucho Marx) John Napier (1550-1617): A native of Scotland, Napier invented logarithms as a laborsaving device to speed up numerical computation processes. His invention was enthusiastically adopted throughout Europe. Today we consider a logarithm as an exponent, but Napier never thought of his discovery in this way. Interestingly, Napier, like Michael Stifel (1486-1567) before him, was a number mystic, and spent time attempting to determine a date upon which the world would end. When Herkimer ran a casino, what did he tell the wife of a doctor who wanted to have her husband paged? Answer: "The house does not make doctor calls." Things Herky would like to know: Are there turtles that wear people-neck sweaters? If a minister delivered a sermon that he simply made up as he was delivering it, would it be correct to say the he doesn't practice what he preaches? ASSIGNMENT #50 Reading: Review Section 8.1, as necessary. Read Summary, page 432-433. Exercises: See Items for reflection (below).

You are in Section 8.1.

Here is Assignment#50: Create anddescribe a binomial setting. Thisinvolves:

• Describing clearly a situation that can be modeled by a binomial distribution.
• Identifying a random variable, x.
• Finding the mean and standard deviation of x.
• Find the probability associated with each value of x.
• Constructing a probability histogram to show the distribution of x.
• Construct two questions relating to the distribution you have created, and then provide answers to them.

This should be done very neatly on a sheet ofpaper that will be displayed to the rest of the class.

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Text:
The Practice of Statistics, by Yates, Moore, McCabe. New York,W.H. Freeman and Company, 1999. (ISBN 0-7167-3370-6)

Supplemental books:
The Cartoon Guide to Statistics, by Gonick and Smith. NewYork, HarperCollins Publishers, 1993. (ISBN 0-06-273102-5)
How to Lie with Statistics, by Darrell Huff. New York, W.W.Norton & Company, 1982 (ISBN 0-393-09426-X)