Math 11, Computer Lab Assignments, Fall 2017
You will complete Math 11 computer lab assignments using the statistical software Minitab.
These labs will serve two main purposes. The first is to reinforce your understanding of the concepts taught in the course.
The second is to give you some experience in using statistical software to analyze data.
Remember that you must follow the Academic Integrity Policy when working on the labs.
Below is the schedule for the 8 computer lab assignments. Labs must be submitted electronically before 9:00 PM on the due date.
Note: as long as you are using Minitab, you may ignore the instructions in red, which are for people using Minitab Express (the Macintosh version of the software).
Lab 1 [10 points, due Wednesday, October 4]: Fish in Finland (Displaying and describing data graphically)
Lab 2 [15 points, due Wednesday, October 11]: Comparing the 50 states (Summary statistics and regression)
Lab 3 [15 points, due Wednesday, October 18]: Metabolic rates in mammals (Regression and transformations)
Lab 4 [15 points, due Wednesday, November 1]: Simulating Bernoulli trials
Lab 5 [15 points, due Wednesday, November 8]: Birth times and birth weights (Probability distributions)
Lab 6 [15 points, due Wednesday, November 15]: Sampling distributions and the Central Limit Theorem
Lab 7 [15 points, due Wednesday, November 29]: SAT scores and cloud seeding (Hypothesis testing)
Lab 8 [15 points, due Wednesday, December 6]: Predicting children's growth (Regression inference)
Guidelines for Lab Write-ups
- Please write your name at the top of your lab.
- Your write-ups should consist of your answers to all of the numbered questions in the assignment. Please submit your write-up with your answers to the questions clearly numbered, and in the order in which they appear in the lab.
- Please include only your answers and not the questions.
- Please write in complete sentences and carefully justify all of your answers to the questions. Answers such as "Yes" or "23.7" are insufficient. While some questions can be answered sufficiently in a single sentence, many questions, especially those that require drawing conclusions from data, require several sentences to answer fully.
- If you need to refer to a graph when answering a question, then you should include the graph with your report.
- Any graphs that you include should have a title, and the axes should be clearly labeled so that one can understand what is being plotted on the graph.
- Keep in mind that many questions do not ask for a specific numerical answer, and there may be more than one correct way to approach these questions.
Instructions for Turning in Labs
Your Math 11L computer lab assignments should be submitted using TritonEd, as described below. Please submit your document as a .pdf file. We also accept .docx files. However, because there are occasionally formatting problems with .docx files, you are strongly encouraged to convert .docx files to .pdf format before submitting.
Once your lab has been graded, you can find your grade in TritonEd by selecting "My Grades". To see the feedback you got from the lab grader, click on the oval beside your grade.
- First, log into TritonEd. Your login name is the part of your UCSD email address before @ucsd.edu, and your password is the password you use to check your UCSD email.
- As long as you have been enrolled or waitlisted in Math 11 for at least 24 hours, you should see a link to a Math 11 page. Click on this link, then click on "Content". On this page, you should see entries for each of the eight labs.
- Under the name of the assignment that you would like to submit, select "View/Complete".
- Enter a title in the box "Submission title", select "Choose from this computer", choose the file that you want to submit, and select "Open".
- Click the "Upload" button to upload the file, then click "Confirm" to finalize your submission.
You should receive a message saying "Congratulations - your submission is complete!" and an email from Turnitin.
Please make sure that you get this message, or else we did not receive your lab.
- If you submit the wrong file by mistake, you may remove that submission and resubmit a new lab, any time before the deadline, by clicking the "Resubmit" button.
Any questions about the grading of your lab should be directed to the head lab TA, Selene Xu (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Access to Minitab
You have the following options for obtaining access to the Minitab software, which you will need to complete the lab assignments:
- Minitab has been installed on the computers in rooms B325, B349, and B432 in the basement of the Applied Physics and Mathematics building.
It is also available in the Virtual Computing Labs.
- UC San Diego has a licence which allows students to download a copy of Minitab onto their home computer. Instructions for doing this are provided in TritonEd.
Because Minitab does not run on Macintosh computers, if you have a Macintosh you will only be able to use Minitab Express on your home computer.
The labs can be completed using Minitab Express, although some portions of Lab 6 are a bit tedious because of some limitations in Minitab Express.
Using the ACMS Labs
- To log in to the ACMS computers, press Control-Alt-Delete. Your login name is the part of your UCSD email address before @ucsd.edu, and your password is the password you use to check your UCSD email.
Go here if you need to look up your user name and here if you forgot your password.
- You should be able to find icons for Minitab and Google Chrome on the desktop.
- To open Microsoft Word (which you will need to do to work on your reports), go to Start --> All Programs --> Microsoft Office 2013 --> Word 2013.
- Before you leave the computer, remember to log out by going to Start --> Log Off.