Syllabus

Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 3 sessions / week, 1 hour / session

Textbook

Amazon logo Ross, Sheldon. A First Course in Probability. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2009. ISBN: 9780136033134.

Prerequisites

18.02 Multivariable Calculus

Course Description

This course introduces students to probability and random variables. Topics include distribution functions, binomial, geometric, hypergeometric, and Poisson distributions. The other topics covered are uniform, exponential, normal, gamma and beta distributions; conditional probability; Bayes theorem; joint distributions; Chebyshev inequality; law of large numbers; and central limit theorem.

Grading

ACTIVITIES PERCENTAGES
Problem Sets 20%
Midterms 40%
Final Exam 40%

Problem Sets

There will be ten problem sets assigned throughout the semester, but there will be no problem sets in the weeks that have exams.

Exams

There will be two mid-term exams, as well as a final exam for the course.