# Introduction to Probability, Fall 2014

## Course Information

**Course Section:** Math 5010 Sec 001 (crosslisted with Math 6805 Sec 001)

**Location:** LCB 215

**Meetings:** MWF 9:40 AM - 10: 30 AM

**Instructor:** Tom Alberts

**E-mail:** (lastname) @ math (dot) utah (dot) edu

**Office Hours** Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:00 AM to noon, or by appointment

**Course Homepage:** Here.

**Official Syllabus:** Here

**Textbook (required):** Math 5010 Lecture Notes, *by Professors Khoshnevisan and Rassoul-Agha*.

**Other Books:** Basic Probability Theory, *by Robert Ash*.

Probability and Random Variables: A Beginner's Guide, * by David Stirzaker*.

## Homework

There is **no** graded homework. Instead there are weekly in class quizzes. Each quiz will be 1-2 questions and take 5-10 minutes. Quiz problems will be very similar to the exercises in the lecture notes, for which there are solutions in the back.

I **strongly** recommend you go over the exercise at the end of each lecture. If you do that you will ace the quizzes. Exams will also be based on the questions from the lecture notes and the quizzes, so spend a lot of time understanding them. If you have questions about specific problems from the lecture notes come see me during office hours.

## Grading Scheme

- Quizzes: 25%
- Midterm 1: 20%
- Midterm 2: 20%
- Final Exam: 35%

All quizzes will be assigned equal weight, except for your **worst two** which will be dropped. **Because of this there is no provision for make-up quizzes**.

No make-up exams will be allowed, **except in the case of emergencies which can be documented**. If, because of scheduling conflicts, you absolutely cannot make one of the midterms you must let me know a week beforehand.

## Important Dates

- First class: Monday, August 25th
- Midterm 1: Monday, October 6th (subject to change)
- Midterm 2: Monday, November 17th (subject to change)
- Last class: Friday, December 12th
- Final Exam: Thursday, December 18th, 8 AM - 10 AM

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