Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — Statisticians are responsible for tracking professional baseball players’ on-base percentages, analyzing the nets and grosses from feature films, and measuring the marketability of video games from region to region. Those are all pretty cool jobs, so maybe not all mathematicians are quite as geeky as one might suspect.
…Nah, nice try. Shmoopers are pretty much all nerds. But at least the company revels in its nerdiness.
To help bring out the nerd in students, Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, introduces a brand new AP Statistics guide, which is guaranteed to fill students' brain to the brim with all sorts of statistical data and know-how.
Shmoop can teach students: Why statistics are like bikinis. Yes, statisticians are generally concerned with bigger numbers, but they might be interested in a two-piece or two. How a limitless supply of Skittles can help students taste the rainbow—er, spot patterns. Like why a student's eyeballs keep twitching on the mornings that student eats a healthy breakfast of Skittles and Pepsi. Why students can’t conduct experiments on their siblings without knowing the appropriate confidence interval. On the other hand, a student can be 100% confident that they'll be grounded for at least a week if they do turn them into guinea pigs. How Facebook knows about a student's (or teacher's) burning love for Bruce Springsteen. Not that the body paint and foam finger gave anything away, of course. What statistical bias, mushrooms and chaperones have in common. Aside from the fact that nobody wants any of them on pizza. Let Shmoop’s AP Stats guide turn all students into complete dataheads. Check it out, stat.
Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, SAT, and Teacher Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator, and was honored by District Administration. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, Calif.
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