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.


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

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

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