Math 60 (Honors Probability) - Spring 2000

Course meeting times: MWF 11:15-12:20 and x-hour Tu 12:00-12:50 in Bradley 103

Text: Introduction to Probability, (second Edition), by Grinstead and Snell

Syllabus: Announcements as well as each week's material will presented in that week's Weekly Log. We will be covering nearly all of chapters 1-9 and 11 of our book (scroll down to see the table of contents). This will include "continuous distributions" a topic not discussed in math 20. Notice at this pace we will be covering more than a chapter a week of this book; and hence a good deal of the required material will not be presented in lecture and you will be required to understand it directly from the book. You will want to look at the book yourself and make sure you feel you can do this, or wait and take the more leisurely paced math 20.

Grade: Your grade will be determined as follows:

Category         Weight
homework         30%
exam 1           20%
exam 2           20%
final            30% 

Homework Homework for each day will be posted in the weekly log, and the part that is to be collected will be due at the beginning of the lecture following the lecture in which it was assigned. Your two lowest homework grades will be dropped and no late homework will be accepted. Be warned that only a select few of the turned in problems will actually be graded, so please write them all up nicely. The assignments can be found in each weekÕs Weekly Log

Exams All the exams will be take home. You will receive the first exam on Wednesday April 19 and it will be due at class time on Friday April 21. The second exam will be handed out Wednesday May 10 and due Friday May 12 at the beginning of class. The final will be handed out on Wednesday May 31 and due by Monday June 5 at noon (under my office door.)

Makeup policy: Makeup exams and extentions will only be given in case of legitimate emergencies.

Honor policy: Collaboration is encouraged during the process of thinking about homework problems, but is not acceptable while writing up your final solutions. No collaboration of any form is acceptable during exams, and (expect when explicitly stated on the exam) the use of any references other than your class notes and our book is not acceptable.

Students with disabilities: I encourage students with disabilities, including "invisible" disabilities like chronic diseases and learning disabilities, to discuss me any appropriate accommodations that might be helpful.

Maple: We will be using the software package Maple from time to time. If you are not familiar with Maple, here is some information to get you started. Click on the appropriate Maple information page. All the programs we will be exploring in class can be down loaded from here.