Math 36a - Probability

Information for students, Fall 2008

Class meets at: Goldsmith 100, Mon, Wed 2:10 - 3:30 PM
Lecturer: Dmitry Kleinbock
Office: Goldsmith 207, phone 6-3059
Office Hours: Tue 2:10-3:30 PM or by appt.
E-mail address: kleinboc@brandeis.edu

Graders: Chao-Jen (CJ) Wang, cjwang@brandeis.edu, Goldsmith 106 (odd-numbered homeworks), office hours on Mon 1-2 and Thr 5-6;
Stephen Hermes, srhermes@brandeis.edu, Goldsmith 311 (even-numbered homeworks), office hours on Tue 12:30-1:30 and Thr 5-6.

Text: A First Course in Probability, 7th edition, by Sheldon Ross, Prentice Hall, 2006. A previous edition, not much different from the last one, is on reserve at the Science Library.
We have covered the first eight chapters of the book, with some omissions, namely sections:
1.1-1.5, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.5, 4.1-4.7 (without 4.6.2 and 4.7.1), 4.8.1, 4.9, 5.1-5.5 (without 5.5.1), 6.1-6.3, 7.1-7.2 (without 7.2.1 and 7.2.2), 7.4, 8.1-8.4.

Final Exam Review Session: Wednesday, December 10, 5-6 PM, Goldsmith 100.
Homework 12 is due then or before.

Final Exam: Monday, December 15, 1:30 - 4:30 PM, in Gerstenzang 121 (not in Goldsmith 100!)

Sample problems for the final exam include all the problems from quizzes, weekly homework
and the midterm, and in additional the following problems:

Chapters P T S
1 7, 10, 18, 23 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12
2 11, 15, 27, 28, 37 6 3, 5, 13, 15
3 10, 14, 15, 21, 36, 84 1, 4, 8, 17, 19, 20
4 13, 40, 48, 52, 54 2, 5, 9, 13, 19
5 3, 16, 23, 28, 39, 40 2, 4, 6, 9, 10
6 4, 5, 10, 28, 32 2, 4, 5, 6, 11
7 7, 11, 16, 39 1 2, 3, 11
8 8, 10, 15 1 1, 2a, 3a, 7, 8

Grades will be computed as follows:

Midterm exam, Wednesday, October 22 25%
The final exam, Monday, December 15 50%
Quizzes, once every 2 weeks 10%
Graded homework 10%
Instructor's discretion 5%

The dates of the midterm exam and quizzes will be announced in advance. Each quiz will take 15-20 min. Homework will be assigned each Wednesday and will be due the following Wednesday. Instructor's discretion includes class participation (answering or asking questions in class) and bonus points (for optional problems or exceptionally thoughtful analysis of tests/homework).

Have a great semester!