Math 20:  Discrete Probability
Fall 2000


MWF, 1:45 - 2:50 (X-Hour: Thursday 1:00 - 1:50) 
105 Bradley


Jeffrey Strom 
Office: 411 Bradley Hall 
Phone: 646 - 2960 
or BlitzMail (preferred) 


Introduction to Probability (Second Revised Edition) by Charles M. Grinstead and J. Laurie Snell

This book makes frequent references to programs that are available on the web. I'll be using the Maple
versions, but they are also available for Mathematica and TrueBASIC. You can find all of them at


Assignment 1 Due September 29
Assignment 2 Due October 6
Assignment 3 Due ???


There will be 1 midterm exam and a cumulative final exam. The exams will (tentatively)
have two parts: an hour long in-class part and a take-home part. You may not consult with
anyone but me on either part of an exam. You will not be able to use your book, notes or
calculator on the exams unless it explicitly says so on the exam . Tentative dates for the
midterm exams are as follows.
Midterm Exam ????
Final Exam ?????

The Registrar's Office schedules the final exam, which will occur during the period
December 2 - 6. If you must make travel plans before the schedule for final exams appears,
do not make plans to leave Hanover before December 7.  Exams will not be given early to
accommodate travel plans.

Homework Policy

There will be homework assignments due each week. You may (you are encouraged to) worktogether on the homework assignments. However, the work you turn in should be your own.  This means that after whatever
discussions you have about the problems, you should write up your own solutions in your own words. If you work with someone else from the class, please list their names at the top of your assignment.


The exams, homework, and final exam all count equally toward your grade.

The Honor Principle

See above under Homework and Exams


I encourage students with disabilities (of any kind; including ``invisible'' disabilities like chronic diseases,
learning disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities) to discuss with me after class or during my office hours
appropriate accomodations that might be helpful.  Students with disabilities who will be taking this course
and may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see
their instructor as soon as possible.  Also, they should stop by the Academic Skills Center in Collis Center to register for support services.

(Last Modified September 17, 2000)