## Math 20, Fall 2003

## Course Information

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#### Course Description:

(from catalog) Basic concepts of probability are
introduced in terms of finite probability spaces and stochastic processes
having a finite number of outcomes on each experiment. The basic theory is
first illustrated in terms of simple models such as coin tossing, random walks,
and casino games. Also included are Markov chain models and their applications
in the social and physical sciences. The computer will be used to suggest and
motivate theoretical results and to study applications in some depth.

#### Textbook:

Introduction to Probability, second revised edition, by Charles M. Grinstead
and J. Laurie Snell. The book is available
online
and at the bookstore.
All references to the text (section numbers, homework
exercises, etc.) will correspond to the second revised edition. We will cover
parts of Chapters 1, 3 through 6, 8, 9 and 11.

#### Class Location and Times:

Bradley 105, MWF 1:45-2:50 p.m, Th 1-1:50 p.m. (x-hour)

We will be using the x-hour from time to time.

#### Office Hours:

M 3-4:30 p.m., Th 3-4 p.m., or by appointment

I encourage you to visit during office hours if you have any questions, need
help with homework problems, or would just like to talk about the material.

My office is in the basement of Bradley. To get there, go down the stairs to
the left of the main entrance to Bradley, take the second left (first left is
a dead end to the elevator), then turn left just before the exit doors. Go up
the steps and my office is the third one on the right, 1-N.

#### Class Participation:

It is important that you come to class prepared and ready to participate. Each
class will begin with a few questions which will require you to be able to
state definitions, summarize concepts, and state or apply theorems which have
been presented to date. The style will be informal. There are several
different reasons for this exercise: (1) to encourage you to keep up with
class material, as reviewing your notes from the previous class and having a
good understanding of the main ideas will be essential; (2) to tell me what
concepts are not being understood and need more explanation; and (3) to serve
as a "warm-up" and context for the new material that subsequently will be
presented. You are STRONGLY encouraged to ask questions during class.

#### Homework Policy:

Homework will be assigned daily and collected weekly. The daily assignments
will be posted on the Homework Assignments page of
the website. In addition to doing the assigned exercises, you should read the
section(s) to be covered in the next class and reread the section(s) to which
the exercises pertain. Every Friday, you will turn in assignments from the
previous Friday, Monday, and Wednesday. Although homework is only collected
weekly, it is important that you keep up with the assignments on a daily basis.

Homework should be legible and submitted on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. If your
assignment consists of more than one sheet, please staple the sheets together
(paper clips and clever corner-folding do not always keep the papers attached).
If using paper torn from a spiral notebook, please cut off the messy edge.
Homework is to be submitted BEFORE class begins on Friday - late homework will
not be accepted. However, your lowest homework grade will be dropped. This
includes missing one homework for any reason (e.g. illness, death in family,
ungraded homework due to illegibility, etc.).

#### Exams:

There will be two midterm exams and a final. The first midterm exam is
scheduled for Wednesday, October 22. The second midterm is
scheduled for Wednesday, November 12. Both midterms will be given during
class. The final, which will be
cumulative, is scheduled for Sunday, December 7, at 3 p.m. You must plan to
take all of the exams during the scheduled times.

If you believe there are problems with the grading of an exam, you must submit
the exam to me for review by three days after it is returned. Please attach a
note explaining your concerns to the front of the exam. I will review the exam
IN FULL, adding (or subtracting) points as appropriate, and return it to you at
the next class.

#### Grading:

Your final grade for the class will be determined as follows:

Homework: 20%

Midterm 1: 25%

Midterm 2: 25%

Final Exam: 30%

#### Honor Principle:

Dartmouth students are expected to adhere to the honor principle. In this
course, that means that while you are free (and encouraged!) to discuss
homework with your classmates and with me, your written submission must be
your own. Please list all those with whom you discussed the work at the top
of your paper. All exams will be closed book and closed notes unless
explicitly stated otherwise. No calculators or computers are to be used
during exams, and there is obviously no collaboration during exams.

#### Special Needs:

Any student with a documented disability for whom special accommodations would
be helpful is requested to discuss this with me before the end of the second
week of class (October 3).

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