**67**

If you play a Game of Chance, know, before you begin,

If you are benevolent you will never win.

-- William Blake, EPIGRAMS, VERSES, AND FRAGMENTS FROM THE NOTE-BOOK

Announce- and Assignments | General Information | Syllabus |
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Announcements and Assignments |
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Practice problems (not to be handed in): 3.1) 8, 13, 14, 15; 3.2) 1, 8, 19, 20.

General Information |
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The Textbook | Scheduled Lectures | Instructor |
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Examinations | Homework Policy | Grades |

Honor Principle | Disabilities | Religious Observances |

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

This book is available at Wheelock Books and also may be downloaded
from
here.

Scheduled Lectures |
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M-W-F 1:45 - 2:50 X-hour: Th 1:00 - 1:50 |

Kemeny 108 |

Instructor |
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Amir Barghi |

Office: 216 Kemeny Hall |

Office Hours: M 12-1 W & F 3:00 - 4:00 and by appointment. |

BlitzMail: [firstname] {dot} [lastname] |

Exams |
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There will be 2 midterms and a final exam.

Exam 1 | Oct. 19, 5-7 | Kemeny 108 |

Exam 2 | Nov. 9, 5-7 | Kemeny 108 |

Final Exam | Dec. 6, 3-6 | Kemeny 105 |

Homework Policy |
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- Homework will be assigned weekly and will be due at the beginning of class on Mondays. Homework should be written neatly and stapled.
- Late homework will not be accepted. Permission for a late homework is granted under one and only one circumstance: an illness. In case of an illness, a student must provide the instructor with a note from the Dick's House.

Grades |
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Class Participation | 5% |

Homework | 20% |

Exam 1 | 20% |

Exam 2 | 20% |

Final Exam | 35% |

The Honor Principle |
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- On Exams: No help is given or received. Written notes, calculators, and computers are not permitted.
- On Homework: Collaboration on homework is permitted and encouraged; however, it is a violation of the honor code for one student to provide an answer or a proof for another student. In other words, a student should feel free to talk to other students while thinking about a problem, but every student should write up her/his individual solutions independently. In case of any questions in this regard, please e-mail the instructor or ask during office hours.

Disabilities |
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Students with learning, physical, or psychiatric disabilities enrolled in this course who may need disability-related classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see me before the end of the second week of the term. All discussions will remain confidential, although the Student Accessibility Services office may be consulted to discuss appropriate implementation of any accommodation requested. At such a meeting please provide me with a copy of a completed "Accommodations/Consent" form, which lists the accommodations recommended for the student by Student Accessibility Services. If you do not have such a form, please visit the Student Accessibility Services office at Collis 301.

Religious Observances |
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Students who have conflicts with the course or the exam schedule due to religious observances should make arrangements with the instructor as soon as possible (before the end of the second week).

Syllabus |
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The following is a **tentative** syllabus for the course.

Week | Sections in Text | Brief Description |
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1 | 1.2, 3.1 | Basic Probability, Combinatorics and Permutations |

2 | 3.2, 4.1 | Combinations and Conditional Probability |

3 | 6.1, 6.2 | Expected Value and Variance |

4 | 5.1 | Important Distributions ~~ Exam 1, Oct. 19 @ 5 |

5 | 8.1 | Law of Large Numbers |

6 | 9.1 | Central Limit Theorem: Bernoulli Trials |

7 | 9.2 | Central Limit Theorem: Independent Trials ~~ Exam 2, Nov. 9 @ 5 |

8 | 11.1, 11.2 | Introduction to Markov Chains, Absorbing Markov chains. |

9 | 11.3 | Regular Markov Chains, Ergodic Markov Chains |

10 | Review | Review |

* Last updated on Sep. 28, 2009 by Amir Barghi*