Math 5010-001, University of Utah
Summer 2015
Introductory Probability: Course Syllabus

Instructor: Davar Khoshnevisan (Contact Information)
Time/Place: MWF 11:15-12:15 p.m., JFB 102
  • Introduction to Probability, [D. Conus,] D. Khoshnevisan, and F. Rassoul-Agha
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  • (Strongly recommended) Probability, J. Pitman, Springer, 1993.
  • (Strongly recommended) Basic Probability Theory, R. B. Ash, Dover, 2008; you can download this book at no cost from here or here (Free download).
Description: This is a first course in undergraduate probability. It requires a solid knowledge of Calculus (I, II, III), and covers standard material such as combinatorial problems, random variables, distributions, independence, conditional probability, expected value and moments, law of large numbers, and the central limit theorem. This course is three credit hours. It serves as a QRQI course (quantitative reasoning-Math, quantitative reasoning-statistics/logic, and quantitative intensive). (Warning Warnings)
Grading: Four non-comprehensive exams (25% each).
Exams: There are no make-up examinations in this course, and the exams are not comprehensive.

All exams are held in the lecture hall. The dates are:

  • Exam 1. June 10
  • Exam 2. July 1
  • Exam 3. July 22
  • Exam 4. August 5
Assignments: Assignments are posted below. New assignments are announced during the lectures. Homework is neither collected, nor graded; you should follow them in order to be ready for the exams. The homeworks are generally a mixture of theoretical (theorem/proof; about 30% of the time), and computational problems. The only way to keep up with the pace of this course is to solve, at the very least, the assigned homework problems in a timely fashion.

Seeking Help: To find help, the students are encouraged to visit the instructor during the designated drop-in office hour (web link), schedule an appointment (web link), or visit the fine (no-cost) tutoring center (web link) of the department of mathematics. The tutoring center is centered at the T. B. Rushing Undergraduate Student Center in the basement of LCB.

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