Math 493 - Syllabus















Math 493, September 1 2010

Meeting times and location
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm,      McDonnell Hall room 162

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Math 493 covers the mathematical theory and application of probability at the advanced undergraduate level. It is a calculus based introduction to probability theory. Topics include the computational basics of probability theory, combinatorial methods, conditional probability including Bayes' theorem, random variables and distributions, expectations and moments, the classical distributions, and the central limit theorem.

The prerequisites are Math 318 or 308; or equivalent mathematical maturity and experience.

My contact info:
     Russ Woodroofe
     Cupples I 114
     Office hours: Tues 1 - 3 pm
                     + by appt
     russw at math,wustl,edu           

Charles Grinstead and J. Laurie Snell, Introduction to Probability, 2nd edition.
Please note that this book is available on the web as a free download, as well as in the campus bookstore, Amazon, etc. The price of the book is quite reasonable, and you can rent it for a still smaller price from the campus bookstore. I recommend that you buy or rent a copy to study from.
I will cover Chapters 1-9. As time allows, we may discuss Markov chains and random walks (Chapters 11-12). I will update the schedule periodically with a record of the topics covered.

Your grade will be based on 2 in-class midterm exams and one final exam, together with weekly homeworks and possibly an occasional quiz, in the proportions
Midterm exams                     20% each
Final exam30%
Homework and quizzes30%

I have scheduled the midterms for October 6th and November 12th.
The final is scheduled by the University for December 20th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

If you are taking the course Pass/Fail, you need to do the equivalent of C- work to pass.

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