General Information

Instructors and Scheduled Lectures

Instructor Seema Nanda
Lecture T Th 10:10 - 12:00
X-hour W 3:30 - 4:20
Classroom Kemeny 007
Email seema.nanda AT
Office Hours W 12:30-2:00pm
Th 12:30-2:00pm
Office Kemeny 333


Probability for the enthusiastic beginner by David Morin. Available at Amazon.
This will be used in addition to Grinstead for approximately the first half of the term.
Introduction to Probability (2nd revised edition) by Charles M. Grinstead and J. Laurie Snell
This textbook may be downloaded for free here ; and has answers to odd number problems.

Prerequisites: Math 8.


There will be 3 in class exams and a cumulative final exam. If you have special needs for the exams please inform the instructor within the first week of the term. The exams are as follows:

Exam 1 Tuesday, April 10, in class
Exam 2 Thursday, April 26, in class
Exam 3 Wednesday, May 16, in class -during X-hour
Final Exam Saturday, June 2, 3:00 - 6:00 pm Location 007 Kemeny

If you have a conflict with one of the midterm exams because of a religious observance, scheduled extracurricular activity such as a game or performance (not practice!), scheduled laboratory for another course, or similar commitment, please see your instructor at least one week in advance so possible alternative arrangements can be pursued.

All students must take the final at the scheduled time, unless they are scheduled by the registrar to have two conflicting examinations or three examinations on a single calendar day. In particular, no final will be given early or late to accommodate student travel plans. If you make travel plans that later turn out to conflict with the scheduled exam, then it is your responsibility to either reschedule your travel plans or take a zero in the final.

If you have a question about how your exam was graded, you can ask your instructor; to have your exam regraded, please submit your question in writing to your instructor.

Homework Policy 

  • Read the assigned sections of the textbook at the beginning of each week.
  • Written homework will be assigned weekly or more often and will be posted on the homework page. The day of the week when homework is due will vary so please be alert to this. Place the homework in boxes outside of Kemeny 108 by the due day and time.
  • In written homework (and on exams), be sure that you show your work, explain all steps, and write neatly. A correct answer with no work shown or that cannot be read will receive minimal credit. This is good practice for what will be expected on exams.
  • On the Downloads page you will find a FERPA waiver; please sign it and return it with your first homework. If you choose to sign the waiver portion, you will be able to collect your homework from the boxes in the hallway of Kemeny Hall. If you decline to sign the waiver portion, you can collect your homework from your instructor's office by showing your Dartmouth ID.
  • If you have a question about how homework was graded, you can ask your instructor; to have it regraded, please submit your question in writing to your instructor.
  • No late homework will be accepted.

The Academic Honor Principle

Academic integrity is at the core of our mission as mathematicians and educators, and we take it very seriously. We also believe in working and learning together.

Cooperation on homework is permitted and encouraged, but if you work together, try not to take any paper away with you—in other words, you can share your thoughts (say on a blackboard), but try to walk away with only your understanding. In particular, you must write the solution individually, in your own words. This applies to working with tutors as well: students are welcome to take notes when working with tutors on general principles and techniques and on other example problems, but must work on the assigned homework problems on their own. Please acknowledge any collaborators that you worked with in the first page of your assignment.

On exams, you may not give or receive help from anyone. Exams in this course are closed book. You may use calculators but no other electronic devices.

Plagiarism, collusion, or other violations of the Academic Honor Principle will be referred to the Committee on Standards.


Lilian Eisner is your TA/Tutor for this class.

She will run tutorials as follows
Sundays 7 to 9 pm
(except Apr 29 and May 27)
in Haldeman 028
Thursday 4:30 - 6 pm on Apr 26 in Kemeny 004
Thursdays, 4:00 to 6 pm May 3 - May 31 in Kemeny 004
Feel free to drop in as needed to the tutorials and get answers to your questions, help with your homework, and engage with the TA and other students with the course material. Past students have found these tutorials to be immensely helpful!

Other Outside Help

  • Office Hours: Please feel free to meet with me during office hours (or by appointment) with questions regarding homework problems or any other aspect of the course.
  • Peer Tutoring: The Tutor Clearinghouse of the Academic Skills Center provides one-on-one peer tutoring. Tutors are recruited, having done well in the subject, and are trained by the Academic Skills Center. If a student receives financial aid, the College will pay for three hours of tutoring per week. 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.


The course grade will be based upon the scores on the midterm exam, homework (lowest HW score will be dropped), and the final exam as follows:
Written homework 10%
Exam 1 15% points
Exam 2 20%
Exam 3 25%
Final Exam 30%

Other Considerations

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 your instructor before the end of the second week of the term to discuss appropriate accommodations.

Students with disabilities who may need disability-related academic adjustments and services for this course are encouraged to see their instructor privately as early in the term as possible. Students requiring disability-related academic adjustments and services must consult the Student Accessibility Services office (205 Collis Student Center, 646-9900, Once SAS has authorized services, students must show the originally signed SAS Services and Consent Form and/or a letter on SAS letterhead to their professor. As a first step, if students have questions about whether they qualify to receive academic adjustments and services, they should contact the SAS office. All inquiries and discussions will remain confidential.