M362K, Probability I

**Unique number**: 55520
**Meeting time and place**: MWF 9-10, RLM 6.104.
**Web page**:
http://www.ma.utexas.edu/users/sadun/F10/362K
**Professor**: Lorenzo Sadun, RLM 9.114, x1-7121
**email**: sadun@math.utexas.edu
**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
Sheldon Ross.
**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.
instructor
**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
here.
**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
letter-sized
``crib sheet'' (2-sided) to each midterm, and 2 crib sheets to the
final.
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
drop
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
upon request
appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with
disabilities.
For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at
471-6259,
471-4641 TTY