Math 4510/5510 - Intro to Probability - Fall 2015


Instructor: Sergei Kuznetsov, Math 318, Phone: 2-4579 (donít leave messages, send an e-mail instead), e-mail:, Office Hours: TBA

Grader: TBA

Lectures: Section 1: MWF 12-12:50 p.m. in ECCR 135, Section 2: MWF 2-2:50 p.m. in ECCR 110

Text: Sheldon Ross, A First Course in Probability, 9-th edition, Prentice Hall, 2013.

Material to be covered: Most of Chapters 1 to 8 (see tentative schedule below).

Prerequisites: Calculus 1-2-3 (Math 1300/2300/2400 or equivalent).

Homework: There will be weekly homework assignments during the semester. You should try to do the problems on your own. However, you are welcome to discuss the problems with each other and with me.

Late Homework Policy: No penalty if you ask for extra time in person or by e-mail before the due date or if you have a documented excuse. Otherwise, late homework is accepted for half credit for one week after the due date. No homework will be accepted if it is more than one week late.

Quizzes: There will be 10-15 minutes quizzes, one per Chapter, during the semester.

Examinations: There will be two in-class midterms and a final (in-class, 2.5 hours).

Grading Policy: Homework (20 %), Quizzes (10%), Midterms (20% each), and Final (30%).

5510 students: Students enrolled into Math 5510, will have to do extra "in-depth" homework problems (must be submitted on a separate page) as well as extra (take home) problems on the tests. They will also have to study extra sections of the text and (tentatively) do a project on those extra sections.

Final Exam: TBA

Tentative schedule:

Week of



Aug 24

1.1 to 1.5


Aug 31

2.1 to 2.3

Sep 7

2.4, 2.5, 3.2

Labor Day

Sep 14

3.2 to 3.4


Sep 21

4.1 to 4.2


Sep 28

Review, 4.3-4.4

1st midterm:Sep 30, covers Chapters 1-3

Oct 5

4.5 to 4.8


Oct 12

4.9, 5.1-5.2

Oct 19

5.3-5.5, 5.7


Oct 26


Be aware! From this point on, multiple integrals are required

Nov 2

Review, 6.4

2nd midterm: Nov 4, covers Chapters 4 & 5

Nov 9

6.5, 7.1-7.3


Nov 16


Nov 23

Fall break

Nov 30



Dec 7