Understanding Basic Statistics (High School Edition)

  • AUTHORS: Charles Henry Brase; Corrinne Pellillo Brase
  • ISBN-13: 9781133110316 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 640 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 6th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2010, 2007, 2004
  • ©2013     Published
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About The Product

Help students overcome their apprehension about statistics Brase and Brase's UNDERSTANDING BASIC STATISTICS, Sixth Edition. A condensed and more streamlined version of the same authors' bestselling UNDERSTANDABLE STATISTICS, Tenth Edition, this book offers instructors an effective way to teach the essentials of statistics, including early coverage of regression, within a more limited time frame. Thorough yet abbreviated, the text helps students realize the real-world significance of statistics, and offers an accessible exposition and a new, complete technology package. The Sixth Edition addresses the growing importance of developing students' critical thinking and statistical literacy skills with the introduction of new features and exercises throughout the text. The use of the graphing calculator, Microsoft Excel, MINITAB, and SPSS is covered but not required.


  • Critical Thinking Boxes at the end of most sections help students hone their critical thinking skills by providing additional clarification on specific statistical concepts as a safeguard against incorrect evaluation of information.
  • Interpretation Boxes in several chapters help students refine their critical thinking and analysis skills further by working to correctly interpret their results in the context of a particular application.
  • Expand Your Knowledge problems present the geometric mean and the harmonic mean moving averages, correlation of averages odds for and odds against, uniform probability distribution, plus four methods for confidence intervals, probability of two confidence intervals, and serial correlation.
  • Special margin notes draw attention to more information about a related topic appearing in the Expand Your Knowledge exercises at the end of the section, allowing you to cover additional material as desired and enabling students to learn more about topics they find especially interesting or difficult to grasp.
  • Available with access to Aplia online homework system. Aplia helps students improve comprehension—and their grade—by integrating a variety of mediums and tools such as video, tutorials, practice tests, and an interactive eBook. Created by a professor to enhance his own courses, Aplia provides automatically graded assignments with detailed, immediate feedback on every question, and innovative teaching materials. More than 1,000,000 students at over 1,800 institutions have used Aplia.
  • Bulleted Chapter Summaries make it easy for students to identify key concepts covered in a chapter and to review the material quickly and effectively when working on class assignments or preparing for a test.
  • Coverage of regression early in the text makes it easier to provide students with a thorough introduction to essential statistical concepts and helps them to steadily build knowledge and improve their skills throughout the course.
  • Procedures provide a brief summary of the statistical methods introduced in each chapter section and are followed by specific examples and guided exercises to help students master and apply each procedure.
  • Cumulative Review Problems appear after every third chapter and integrate concepts introduced in the previous set of chapters, allowing students to regularly reconsider the course material already covered and reinforce key concepts.
  • Focus Points at the beginning of each section introduce the topics to be covered, allowing students to familiarize themselves with the main ideas in advance and focus their reading and studying more effectively.
  • Guided Exercises immediately follow selected examples and provide an opportunity for students to explore new concepts. Step-by-step solutions accompanying each exercise allow for immediate self-evaluation and reinforcement.

About the Contributor

  • Charles Henry Brase

    Charles Brase has more than 30 years of full-time teaching experience in mathematics and statistics. He taught at the University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus, for several years and at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, for more than 28 years. Charles received the Excellence in Teaching award from the University of Hawaii and the Faculty Member of the Year award from Regis University on two occasions. He earned degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has a Ph.D. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Mathematics, and a B.A. in Physics.

  • Corrinne Pellillo Brase

    Corrinne Pellillo Brase has taught at Hawaii Pacific College, Honolulu Community College, and Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. She was also involved in the mathematics component of an equal opportunity program at the University of Colorado. Corrinne received the Faculty of the Year award from Arapahoe Community College. She earned degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has an M.A. and B.A. in Mathematics.

Table of Contents

1. Getting Started
2. Organizing Data
3. Averages and Variation
4. Correlation and Regression
5. Elementary Probability Theory
6. The Binomial Probability Distribution and Related Topics
7. Normal Curves and Sampling Distributions
8. Estimation
9. Hypothesis Testing
10. Inferences About Differences
11. Additional Topics Using Inference

New to this Edition

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  • NEW More than 200 new and revised problems that feature basic computations, interpretation, and reinforce statistical literacy. Basic computation problems focus student attention on relevant formulas, requirements, and computational procedures. After practicing these skills, students are more confident as they approach real-world applications.
  • NEW The Looking Forward feature shows students where the presented material will be used later and motivates them to pay extra attention to key topics.
  • NEW Interpretation problems ask students to explain the meaning of statistical results in the context of a particular application.
  • NEW Expand Your Knowledge problems present the geometric mean and the harmonic mean (Section 3.1), moving averages (Section 3.2), correlation of averages (Section 4.2), odds for and odds against (Section 5.1), uniform probability distribution (Section 7.1), plus four method for confidence intervals (Section 8.3), probability of two confidence intervals (Chapter 8 review), and serial correlation (Section 11.4).
  • Section 2.1 now includes a discussion of cumulative frequency and ogives.
  • Examples in Probability (Chapter 5) have been revised to incorporate sample spaces that are small and easy for students to visualize.
  • REVISED Tech Notes throughout the text give students helpful hints on using TI-84 Plus and TI-Nspire (with 84 Plus keypad) and TI-83 calculators, Microsoft Excel 2010, and MINITAB to solve a problem. They include display screens to help students visualize and better understand the solution.
  • REVISED Using Technology instructions are available at the end of each chapter in the Using Technology section. Problems are presented with real-world data from a variety of disciplines that can be solved by using TI-84 Plus, TI-Nspire (with 84 Plus keypad) and TI-83 Plus calculators, Microsoft Excel 2010, MINITAB, and SPSS.
  • UPDATED Real-world applications are used from the beginning to introduce each statistical process. Rather than just crunching numbers, students come to appreciate the value of statistics through relevant examples.
  • REVISED Procedure display boxes summarize simple step-by-step strategies for carrying out statistical procedures and methods as they are introduced. Requirements for using the procedures are also stated. Students can refer back to these boxes as they practice using the procedures.
  • Throughout the Sixth Edition, examples, guided exercises, and problem sets feature interpretation, and address the suitability of using a specified statistical method or process for analysis.


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