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Topic 6: Probability in Statistics

Topic 6 deals with the central role of probability in statistics. The chapter material introduces students how to view the normal curve as probabilities, thinking through probabilities in statistics, and common uses of probabilities in scientific research.

Lesson Objectives

  • understand the normal curve as a probability curve
  • calculating probabilities with math
  • understand how to apply probabilities to risk, vital statistics, and life expectancy


Objectives Check

  • What is the probability between +/-1 standard deviations?
  • What does it mean to standardize a score?
  • What is the 68-95-99.7 rule?

Suggested Readings

  • Bennett, Chapter 6: Probability in Statistics
  • Any other chapter on probability 

Suggested Homework

Suggested SPSS Homework