(Using EXCEL)

Most of my calculations involve , probability ,graphing , normal distributuion, simulations, data collection, data mining..

I now find Excel time consuming and limiting...

Is there a program/text you recommend that

is designed for stats, is easier to use..and will allow me to grow as

my studies continue..also recommend where I can purchase it?

I would appreciate even listing the options that are out there and I can do the research

I would also appreciate any suggestions for a solid intro text I could use.

I am not a beginner but need to refresh basics

I hope to take a college level stats course next month (or at least buy a text)

and follow

thanks

Dan