Math 349, Spring 2014
Probability
Syllabus
Course description: This course is devoted to the study of discrete and continuous probability. We will begin with a brief discussion of combinatorial anaylsys and methods of counting. We will examine the axioms of probabilty and conditional probabilty. We will look at different probabilty distributions, both discrete and continuous. We will look at properties of expectation and interaction between different variables. We will conclude with a discussion of limit theorems. Click here for a more detailed schedule
Instructor: Barry Balof
Office: 236 Olin Hall
Location: 314 Olin Hall Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:002:20 PM
Textbook: A First Course in Probability (9th edition) by Sheldon Ross It is highly recommended that you use the current edition of the text. Should you choose to use an earlier edition, you'll be responsible for ensuring that you do the correct homework exercises, etc.
Homework: Homework will be posted here . Homework will be assigned daily and collected weekly. It is recommended that you attempt all problems assigned, not just those that will be collected.
We will have a quiz roughly every other Thursday, beginning on January 30. There will be inclass and takehome portions to the quizzes.
TURNING IN HOMEWORK LATE WILL RESULT IN A SUBSTANTIAL PENALTY. Please tell me in advance if you need to turn in an assignment late. Your lowest homework score will be dropped. I will also `halve' your lowest quiz grade.
Tests: This class will have one midterm, as well as the final exam. Dates are approximate. All exams will be announced at least one week in advance.
Midterm: February 27^{th}
Final exam: Tuesday, May 20 24 PM. Note that this exam is scheduled by the Registrar's office and cannot be given early.
Grading: Grades will be assigned on a rougly 908070 scale, with grades weighted as follows.
Midterm Examinations 
20 % 
Final Examination 
35 % 
Quizzes 
25 % 
Homework & Class Participation 
20 % 
Academic Honesty: Students are allowed, and in fact, strongly encouraged, to collaborate on homework assignments. However, the work that you turn in must be your own. No copying from any source! Exams and quizzes, with rare exceptions, will be closed book, closed notes, and closed colleague. You may use a calculator for your exams but you may use it for arithmetic, trigonometry, logarithmic, and exponential functions only.
Special Needs: Any student with a disability for whom special accommodations would be helpful is encouraged to discuss this with the professor as soon as possible.
