**Instructor: ** Igor
Pak, VinH 258, pak@math. (write "MATH 4653" in the subject line)

**Class Schedule: ** TuTh 4:40-6:35, VinH 213.

**Office Hours:** M 1:30-2:30, Tu 3:30-4:30 room VinH 258

**Grader:** TBA

**Textbooks:**

H. Tijms (T),
*Understanding Probability*, 2^{nd} edition (available at bookstore)

L. Rabinowitz (R), *Elementary Probability with Applications* (available at bookstore)

Additional reading will be handed out/posted online if necessary.

**Content:** The course splits naturally into three parts:
basics, discrete probability and continuous probability.
These parts are separated by midterms. The theory will follow
*Tijms*, Chapters 1-12. Special emphasis will be given to problems,
from both *Tijms* and *Rabinowitz*.

**Grading:** Homeworks: 30%, Two Midterms 20% each,
Final 30%

**Difficulty:** This is an introductory course in Probability.
The students are expect to learn the theory and solve problems
on the homeworks.

**Other expectations:**
I would guess that the average student should spend about 8 hours
per week outside of class to get a decent grade.
Most of this time you will be spending on the homeworks, but some should
be spent on reading the textbooks and absorbing the class material.
In addition to this, some time should be allocated for group
discussions (see collaboration policy below).

** HA1** is available here. Answers and brief solutions are here.

You may find useful the birthday paradox applet and
this Wikipedia page.

** HA2** is available here. Answers and brief solutions are here.

You might enjoy this
Wikipedia page on the Monty Hall problem.
In fact, you might want to play the game here
or read the recent NYTimes article about it.

** HA3** is available here.
Answers and brief solutions are here.

You might enjoy this
Wikipedia page on the Coupon Collector's Problem.

** HA4** is available here. Answers and brief solutions are
handwritten and scanned: p1, p2, p3,
p4, p5.

** HA5** is available here. Answers and brief solutions are
handwritten and scanned: p1, p2.

** HA6** is available here. Data links: for problem
III
and IV.
Answers and brief solutions are handwritten and scanned:
page 1 and 2.

** HA7** is available here. Data links: for problem
VI,
VII.
and VIII.

Incomplete solutions are handwritten and scanned:
p1, p2
and p3.

** HA8** is available here.
Incomplete solutions are handwritten and scanned:
here.

**Practice midterm** is available here.
Solutions are here.

**Midterm 1** (with solutions) is available here.

**Midterm 2** is available here.

**Practice problems for the final** are available here.

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*Last updated 8/14/2008*