Math 20, Fall 2004

Discrete Probability

General Information Syllabus Homework Assignments Exam Related

General Information

Instructors Lectures Textbook
Examinations Homework Policy Grades
Honor Principle Tutorials Disabilities


Section 1
Instructor Mark Skandera
Office 412 Bradley
Office hours M 8-9 PM,
W 11 AM- 12 PM,
F 3-4 PM.
Phone 646-1720
Email BlitzMail


Section 1
Instructor Mark Skandera
Classroom 105 Bradley
Lecture (MWF) 1:45-2:50
X-hour Thurs 1:00-1:50

If you are shy about asking questions during lecture, try asking these suggested questions.


Introduction to Probability (2nd revised edition) by Grinstead & Snell, American Mathematical Society. The hardbound version is available at Wheelock Books. The electronic version is available online.


There will be two midterm examinations and a final examination. These exams are scheduled as follows:

Exam Midterm 1 Midterm 2
Date October 20
November 10
December 4
Time (in class) (in class) 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Classroom 105 Bradley
105 Bradley
Carson L01

Note. Exams will not be given early to accommodate travel plans.

Homework Policy

Students who understand the homework sets typically perform better on the exams.


The course grade will be based upon the scores on the two midterm exams, the final exam, and the homework.

Midterm 1 100 points
Midterm 2 100 points
Final Exam 200 points
Written assignments
50 points
Total 450 points

The Honor Principle

On Exams: No help given or received

On Homework: Collaboration is permitted and encouraged, but NO COPYING. On the other hand discussions of the general ideas of the problems is desirable.


There is no teaching assistant for Math 20. Tutors may be available for Math 20 through the Tutor Clearinghouse. If you would like to have a tutor, please go to 301 Collis and fill out an application as early in the term as possible. There may be a waiting list.


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.