Math 349, Spring 2014



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, 1:00-2:20 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 in-class and take-home 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 27th

Final exam: Tuesday, May 20

2-4 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 90-80-70 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.

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