MATH 4510: Intro to  Probability

Dr. Janos Englander
Fall 2012               
MWF 01:00PM-01:50PM
Room: ECCR 108

Grader and his email: 
Bin Wang; Bin.Wang-1@Colorado.EDU


*MATH 2400 (Calc 3) or APPM 2350 
*MATH 3130 (Linear algebra)
*Credit NOT granted for this course and APPM 3570, ECEN 3810, or      MATH 3510.

Warning: In the course we will use double integrals several times. You really need to know this stuff from Calculus! If you are not comfortable with double integrals, you may want to reconsider taking this course.

Course Content: 
combinatorial probability

random variables

discrete and continuous distributions

joint distributions

expected value

Law of Large Numbers and Central Limit Theorem

(This is more or less the first 8 chapters in the book.) 

If time permits, we will study the basics of  Poisson processes and Markov chains. 
(This is the beginning of Chapter 9.)

Course Grading:

10 percent:  Attendance
25 percent: HW  
25 percent: Midterm
40 percent:  Final Exam

Exam Dates: 
Midterm: Monday, October 22; in class  SOLUTIONS  MT average: 78
Final: Sat., Dec 15, 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m (according to the schedule posted by the Office of  the Registrar)
Last year’s midterm: CLICK
A final from 2009: CLICK
A final from 2011: CLICK

The numbers refer to the textbook (8th edition).

SET 1:
9/7  (Due 9/14):
Chapter 1, Problems 7, 9, 13, 15, 18, 20, 27, 30
Read Chapter 1 and 2.1.-2.3

SET 2:
9/14  (Due 9/21):
Chapter 2, Problems 1,2,3,8,11,15,16
Read Chapter 2 and 3.1.-3.2c

SET 3: 
9/21 (Due 9/28):
Chapter 3, Problems 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Read Chapter 3.3

SET 4: 
10/2  (Due 10/9):
Chapter 3, Problems 13, 14, 15, 23, 26, 31(a)-(b)
Read Chapter 3.4, 3.5

SET 5: 
10/10  (Due 10/17):
Chapter 4, Problems  1, 2, 3, 5, 25(a)-(b), 28
Read Chapter 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6

SET 6:
10/18  (Due 10/26):
Chapter 4, Problems  30(a)-(b), 33, 38(a)-(b), 40, 51, 52, 57(a)-(b)
Read Chapter 4.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.3

SET 7:  (Due 11/5):
Chapter 5, Problems  3,4,6,7,11,13
Read Chapter 4.10, 5.1, 5.2

SET 8:  (Due 11/16):
Chapter 5, Problems  15, 19, 21 (see table on p. 201)
Chapter 6, Problems 10, 11, 21
Read Chapter  5.3, 5.4 (except 5.4.1), 5.5, 6.1

SET 9:  (Due 12/7):
Chapter 6, Problems 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 39
Read Chapter  6.2
The required text for this course is

A First Course in Probability 
8/E , 
by Sheldon Ross   


It's important you buy this book because:
There will be required reading from the book
Homework assignments will come from the book
I will test on material from the book
It will help you get a better grade in my course

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