M362K, Probability I
Unique number: 55520
Meeting time and place: MWF 9-10, RLM 6.104.
Professor: Lorenzo Sadun, RLM 9.114, x1-7121
Office hours: M 11-12, Tu 11-12:15. I generally keep an open
door and welcome
visitors at all times.
Textbook: A First Course in Probability, 8th edition, by
Prerequisites: M408D or M408L with a grade of at least C-.
In particular, you really do need to know about infinite series (at least
the simple ones) and know how to integrate by parts.
Syllabus: We will cover almost all of chapters 1-5, most of
chapters 6 and 7, and half of chapter 8.
You can find an online day-by-day schedule
Homework: There will be weekly problem sets, due in
class on Wednesday. Because of budget cuts, there is limited grader
support for the class.
As a result, only a few problems per week will be marked
for correctness, with feedback given.
The rest will be marked only for completion.
Exams: There will be three in-class midterm exams, on
September 29, November 3 and December 1, plus a final exam on
Thursday, December 9, 9-12. These exams will all
be closed book. However, each student will be allowed to bring a single
``crib sheet'' (2-sided) to each midterm, and 2 crib sheets to the
These notes must be HANDWRITTEN ORIGINALS - NO XEROXING ALLOWED.
Grading: Each midterm counts 20%. The final exam counts 40%.
The homework, taken together, counts 20%. At the end of the term I will
your lowest 20%. The final grade distribution, which does include +/- grading,
is neither a straight scale
nor a fixed curve. It will depend on how well the class does as a whole,
but the cutoffs for the major grades (A- vs B+, B- vs C+, etc) are guaranteed
not to be any
tougher than the straight scale 90/80/70/60.
Disabilities: The University of Texas at Austin provides
appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with
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