Confidence Intervals for Slope
Chapter 12 - Day 2 - Lesson 12.1
Activity: Does Seat Location Matter? Part 2
Construct a confidence interval. Easy!
This is where all of our hard work training students with the 4-step process really pays off. The general formula for a confidence interval is always the same:
Point Estimate +/- Margin of Error
The specific formula for this confidence interval is easy if you know what you're trying to estimate (slope):
b +/- t* SEb
The only new idea students need to know here is that df = n - 2.
What about all these conditions?
Checking conditions here does provide a good opportunity to review some important ideas (residual plots, 10% condition, random sample vs. random assignment), but it is very unlikely that students will be asked to check conditions for linear regression inference on the AP Exam (watch this be the investigative task this year).
Should I take students through the calculation for SEb?
No. Have them find this value in the computer output.