Probability and Statistics I
An elementary course introducing the basic concepts of probability, with a view towards their application in the following course on statistics. Emphasis is placed on problem solving.
Objectives of the course
- demonstrate the ability to analyze and solve mathematical exercises in probability with a style and precision appropriate to the third-year level of university;
- demonstrate a modest familiarity with the applications of a computer algebra system to solving problems and displaying results in probability.
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics and Its Applications, Fifth Edition,
by Richard J. Larsen and Morris L. Marx, Pearson, ISBN 978-0-321-69394-5, 2012 (Required)
Note that there is a student solutions manual with solutions to many but not all exercises available for this text. It is certainly not required for this course, but many students find such resources helpful for checking their work.
Course Notes and Related Materials
Schedule for Fall 2011
- Math 321 TTh Fall 2011 (pdf)
Office: Woods Laboratories 120
Location and Time
Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Woods Laboratories 134
Sewanee's tradition of cordial and constructive student-faculty relationships is one of its great strengths, and I am very happy to support that tradition. Official office hours for this course are as follows:
Tuesdays, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Woods Laboratories 120
If you would like to talk with me in addition to the interactions generated during those hours, please make an appointment to see me in my office (WL120), either when you see me in class or in the hallways or in my office, or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by voice mail message (x1333).
Here is a link to the university's final exam schedule.
Math 321 (TTh, 11 am class) -- Monday, Dec 12, 2-4 pm
Woods Laboratories 134
- Professor Jenny Baglivo teaches statistics at Boston College, and she has made some of her very fine teaching materials available on the Internet. Check out her class notes for Math 426, Probability, by clicking on her links for "notebook01, notebook02, notebook03, notebook04, notebook05." Her statistics courses continue with MT427, Mathematical Statistics and MT480, Topics in Modern Statistics, all based on the text by Professor John Rice of UC Berkeley.
Tutors are available every night, Sunday through Thursday, from 7 to 9 pm in ... (venue will be announced soon) ... and it's free!
Homework is due on Thursdays.
- 3 review tests 60 %
- homework, classwork 20 %
- final examination 20 %
The Honor Code applies to all examinations and written work produced in this course. Plagiarism is copying or imitating the language and thoughts of others, whatever the medium (written papers or computer programs). All work on the examinations must be done individually.
Attendance is required and is an important factor in doing well in the class. All assignments must be completed, and the student is responsible for making up any work missed due to absence. Late work will be accepted ONLY if appropriate arrangements have been made with the instructor PRIOR to the due date. The Dean's Office may be notified after two absences.