Math 20

Discrete Probability

Last updated March 26, 2014

## General Information

*Introduction to Probability* by Grinstead and Snell

Available here or at Wheelock Books.

Instructor |
Zachary Hamaker |

E-mail |
zachary.r.hamaker(at)dartmouth.edu |

Office |
Kemeny 221 |

Office Hours |
M 3:00-4:00, Tu 4-5, F 11:30 - 12:30 |

Lectures |
MWF 10:00 - 11:05 |

X-hour |
Th 12:00 - 12:50 |

Lecture Hall |
Kemeny 108 |

I am also available by appointment. Feel free to drop in.

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.

Problem sets will be assigned by Friday, posted here.
They will be due the following Wednesday.
Additionally, there will be online homework.
This will include additional practice problems and some programming assignments using R.

There will be two grading schemes for this course, depending on whether or not you choose
to do a project. If you decide not to do a project, your grade will be assessed according
the following rubric:

Homework |
25% |

Midterm |
20% |

Quizzes |
20% |

Final exam |
35% |

If you do a project, the final grade will be assessed according to the following rubric.
More on projects here.

Homework |
25% |

Midterm |
15% |

Quizzes |
15% |

Final exam |
30% |

Project |
15% |

On Exams: Students may not give or receive assistance of any kind on an exam from any
person except for the instructor or someone explicitly designated by the instructor to
answer questions about the exam.

On Homework: Collaboration and discussion is encouraged, and you may discuss problems
with instructors, tutors, and fellow students, and use notes, books, calculators, and
computing devices. However, each student is to complete his or her assignments
individually and independently.

On Projects: discussion with others is encouraged and projects may be written in pairs.
You (and your partner) must write it yourself with proper citations. I encourage you to
consult with a writing editor (the College provides these through its writing programs).

Students with Disabilities |
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Students with disabilities enrolled in this course and who may need disability-related
classroom accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment to see your instructor
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.
As a first step, if students have questions about
whether they qualify to receive accommodations, they should contact the
Student Accessibility Service
office.

Some students may wish to take part in religious observances that occur during this
academic term. If you have a religious observance that conflicts with your participation
in the course, please meet with the instructor before the end of the second week of the
term to discuss appropriate accommodations.