MATH 471  PROBABILITY
Latest version of the Syllabus
Date  Covering  Assignment 
Aug 20  Intro; discuss structure of the class. Some fun paradoxes/problems of probability 

Aug 22  Finish paradoxes
Start Ch. 1 1.1, 1.2 
Page 5: Exercise1.9, 10,11 Page 9: Exercise 1.20, 21, 22 Discuss Aug 29, Try to finish by Aug 31, hand in underlined problems only on Sep 5 
Aug 24  No class  hurricane  
Aug 27  1.3, 1.4, 1.9  
Aug 29 
1.5 (equiprobability) 
Page 10: 1.25 1.27, 1.28, 1.30 Discuss Aug 31 
Aug 31  Chapter 1 (p1922) problems 2, 3, 5, 6, 7. Discuss Sep 5, underlined due Sep. 10  
Sep 3  Labor day  
Sep 5  Independence, Conditional Probability 
Page 20:7 Due Sep 12 (Discuss in class on Sep 10) 
Sep 7  Start random variables  
Sep 10 
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Putnam Exam Information 

Sep 12  
Sep 14  (NOTE: Corrected Sep 17)
Page 15: 1.52, 53
Underlined problems due Sep. 

Sep 17,19  
Sep 21 
We have now covered through 2.4 Page 33: 2.38,39 Warning: some of these are hard! Underlined due October 1 

Oct 1 
p.39/3.9 p. 47/3.42 Due Oct. 10; will discuss Oct 6,8 

Oct 12  Exam I
Covers through Ch. 3 It is OPEN BOOK, and you may also bring 1 side of one 8x11" page of notes (anything you like on it) 

Oct 17 
Page 51: 4.4, 4.5 Underlined due Oct 29 

Oct 29 
These problems due Wednesday, Nov. 7. (Try to have them done by Monday, Nov 5!) This set is pretty straightforward: 5.11, 5.12, 5.13, 5.18, 5.19, 5.31, 5.32 These are a little tougher: Page 79/2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 14 

Oct 31, Nov 2  Interlude.
Meanwhile, here's a video on the relationship of the geometric and exponential distributions 

Due Nov 6.15, 6.25, 6.26, 6.35, 6.36 Due Nov 19: 6.45, 6.46, 6.47, 6.54 

6.60, 6.61 6.70, just turn in the (X^2+Y^2)^.5 part p102/14ab, 15, 17, 21 (look at 2223, which are fun, but you won't be examined on them) Underlined due Dec 3 

(Just to be clear, the following are NOT to be turned in!) 7.11, 7.36, 7.37, 7.59<absolutely do these, I mean it! p130/6 < same with this one! 7.62 (a little harder, but like a problem we had), 7.72, 7.74 8.21, 8.32 (hint: these are easy, I like putting problems like these on exams) Use MGF to find the first few moments of a Gamma(a,b). Can you deduce a general formula? 

Dec 7  EXTRA OFFICE HOURS::
UPDATE: My 2:00 meeting has been switched to 1:00, so the hours have changed: 9:3011 

Dec 10  Final Exam, 2:154:15
Usual room (I think!) 