Topic 5 deals with the normal curve and the properties of the normal curve. Specifically, the chapter discussion shows students how to standardize distributions to Z-scores and introduces the basic properties of the normal curve. ## Suggested Readings:- Healey, Chapter 5: The Normal Curve
- Bennett, Chapter 5: The Normal Curve
## Objectives:- explain the importance of the Central Limit Theorem
- identify and explain the role of sampling in statistical research
- explain the major sampling techniques and discuss their strengths and weaknesses
- explain what a representative sample is and its importance in statistical research
- describe the major types of statistical studies
- explain the basic properties of a normal curve
- be able to standardize a distribution to units of standard deviations
- use the normal curve to understand location of scores on a distribution
## Supplements & Handouts:- Q of Hearts
- see AnyDice.com for online Dice Rolling example
- Dice Experiment (graphs output)
- Throwing Dice - Theory
- Measuring Rocks as natural occurrence of normal distribution (possible activity)
- Z-score Table (cumulative from left tail)
- One-sided Z-score table (Area Between Mean and Z, Area Beyond Z)
- One-sided Z-score table (Area Between Mean and Z only)
- One-sided Z-score table (Area from Tail Toward Mean - TopHat)
## Suggested Practice:## SPSS Lab:The lab does not deal directly with the chapter material. Instead, the lab introduces students to the Compute command as one more procedure in SPSS. |

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