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This is the webpage for a prior quarter's section of Probability. If you're looking for information on my most recent section of the course, please go to http://ccrg.rit.edu/~whelan/1016-351/

This table gives a tentative timetable for the course. Everything in it (including possibly the dates of exams, homeworks and quizzes) is subject to change.

Chapter, section and problem numbers are from Devore, Probability and Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences, Seventh Edition (Brooks-Cole/Cengage, 2008/2009). ISBN 978-0-495-55744-9

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Wk01 Dec 1

Chapter 1: Descriptive Statistics

1.1-1.2: Tabular & Pictorial Representations of Data

Practice Problems: 1.11, 1.15, 1.17, 1.29

Dec 3

Chapter 1: Descriptive Statistics

1.3-1.4: Measures of Location & Variability

Practice Problems: 1.33, 1.35, 1.39, 1.49, 1.51, 1.69, 1.73

Wk02 Dec 8

Chapter 2: Probability

2.1-2.3: Axioms and Logic of Probability; Combinatorics (Counting)

Practice Problems: 2.5, 2.9, 2.13, 2.17, 2.29, 2.33, 2.43

Dec 10

Chapter 2: Probability

2.4-2.5: Conditional Probabilities & Bayes's Theorem; Independence

Practice Problems: 2.45, 2.59, 2.63, 2.71, 2.105 parts a & b

Problem Set 1 (Sec. 1.1-1.4) due; Quiz 1 (Sec. 1.1-1.4)

Wk03 Dec 15

Chapter 3: Discrete Random Variables

3.1-3.2: Probability Mass Function & Cumulative Distribution Function

Practice Problems: 3.7, 3.9, 3.13, 3.21, 3.23, 3.25

Guest lecture by Dr. Kim: notes worksheet

Dec 17

Chapter 3: Discrete Random Variables

3.3-3.4: Expected Values; Binomial Distribution

Practice Problems: 3.29, 3.33, 3.43, 3.47 (use formula first, then verify w/table), 3.55, 3.59

Guest lecture by Dr. Kim: notes worksheet

Problem Set 2 (Sec. 2.1-2.5) due; Quiz 2 (Sec. 2.1-2.5)

Holiday

Break

Wk04 Jan 5

Chapter 3: Discrete Random Variables

3.5: Hypergeometric & Negative Binomial Distributions

Practice Problems: 3.65, 3.69, 3.71, 3.73, 3.75, 3.77

Problem Set 3 (Sec. 3.1-3.4) due

Jan 7

Chapter 3: Discrete Random Variables

3.6: Poisson Distribution

Practice Problems: 3.79, 3.81, 3.83, 3.85, 3.91, 3.93

Quiz 3 (Sec. 3.1-3.4)

Wk05 Jan 12

Review for Prelim Exam 1

Problem Set 4 (Sec. 3.5-3.6) due

Quiz 4 (Sec. 3.5-3.6)

Jan 14

FIRST

PRELIM

EXAM

(Chapters 1-3)

Wk06 Jan 19

Chapter 4: Continuous Random Variables

4.1-4.2: Probability Density Function & Cumulative Distribution Function

Practice Problems: 4.1, 4.5, 4.11, 4.13, 4.17, 4.21

worksheet [solns]

Jan 21

Chapter 4: Continuous Random Variables

4.3: Normal Distribution

Practice Problems: 4.29, 4.31, 4.35, 4.47, 4.53, 4.55

Wk07 Jan 26

Chapter 4: Continuous Random Variables

4.4-4.5: Other Distributions (Exponential, Gamma, etc)

Practice Problems: 4.59, 4.61, 4.67, 4.69, 4.71, 4.79, 4.85

Problem Set 5 (Sec. 4.1-4.3) due

Jan 28

Chapter 4: Continuous Random Variables

4.6: Probability Plots

Practice Problems: 4.87, 4.89, 4.91, 4.93, 4.97, 4.111

worksheet; [solns] Quiz 5 (Sec. 4.1-4.3)

Wk08 Feb 2

Chapter 5: Joint Probability Distributions & Random Samples

5.1 Joint Probability Distributions

Practice Problems: 5.1, 5.3, 5.9, 5.13, 5.19, 5.21

Problem Set 6 (Sec. 4.4-4.6) due

Feb 4

Chapter 5: Joint Probability Distributions & Random Samples

5.2: Expectation Values, correlation and covariance

Practice Problems: 5.25, 5.27, 5.31, 5.33, 5.37, 5.39

Quiz 6 (Sec. 4.4-4.6)

Wk09 Feb 9

Chapter 5: Joint Probability Distributions & Random Samples

5.3-5.5: Statistics; Distribution of Sample Mean; Central Limit Theorem

Practice Problems: 5.49, 5.55, 5.57, 5.61, 5.65, 5.67

Feb 11

Review for Prelim Exam 2

Problem Set 7 (Sec. 5.1-5.5) due

Quiz 7 (Sec. 5.1-5.5)

Wk10 Feb 16

SECOND

PRELIM

EXAM

(Chapters 4-5)

Feb 18

Review for Final Exam


Last Modified: 2011 December 8

Dr. John T. Whelan / john.whelan@astro.rit.edu / Associate Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences & Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, Rochester Institute of Technology

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