S463 | 3441 | R. Bradley

Even if you have already had a first course in probability, this course is worth considering. We develop basic topics: expected values, independence, important discrete and continuous probability distributions, and the central limit theorem. One strong point of this course is our text. It has extremely thoughtful examples and exercises which lead one to try interesting approaches to answer interesting questions. In M463, one often finds that certain viewpoints will convert a "difficult issue" into a "straightforward issue". The author, Sheldon Ross, writes well. This course will prepare students for either more probability in the spring semester, M464, or for a spring mathematical statistics course, M466. TEXT: Author: Sheldon Ross Title: A First Course in Probability, 5th edition Prentice Hall Publishing, 1997 RESERVE BOOKS IN SWAIN HALL LIBRARY: Probability and Stochastic Processes Frederick Solomon Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics Bain & Engelhardt GRADING POLICY: Homework: 45 problems over the 15 week semester, counts as 20% of the total grade. Exams: 2 exams. Each count as 25% of the total course grade. Final Exam: The final counts as 30% of the total course grade. During each class period, exercises will be assigned from the textbook. Each week, four of these problems will be designated as problems to turn in for grading. These problems, along with the other assigned problems, will be the basis for exam questions. You are strongly encouraged to work out these problems at home And to discuss the non-designated problems with other class members. However, work the four designated problems each week by yourself. You should certainly ask for problem solving hints during the class periods.