Probability and Statistics II, Spring 2014

Class Meetings: MWF 12:30 - 1:20, TBD

Office Hours: MWF 2:30 - 4:00, TR 2:30 - 3:30

Homework Problems, Lecture Slides and Notes

Link to Probability I Notes

Course Description

Probability is the mathematical theory of randomness. In this course we will apply basic probability theory to fundamental problems in statistics, and to Markov chains.


Math 421 (Probability I)

Class Meetings

MWF 1:30 - 2:20, meeting place TBD

Final Exam Date

Tuesday, May 6, 2:00 - 5:00 pm.


None.  I will be providing brief notes, as well as some handouts.  Taking good notes is very important in this class!

Determination of Course Grade

  • two in-class tests: 25% each
  • final exam: 25%
  • homework: 25%


Two in-class tests will be given. Tentative dates for the tests are

  • Test 1 -- Monday, February 24
  • Test 2 -- Monday, April 7

Final Exam

A comprehensive, in-class final exam will be given on Tuesday, May 6, from 2:00 until 5:00 pm.

Homework Notebook

I will assign homework problems at the end of each lecture. You are expected to do all assigned problems by the beginning of the next class.  All your homework solutions should be kept in a dedicated homework notebook (separate from your class notes). Approximately once a week I will collect the homework notebooks to grade.  Half of your homework grade will be based on the mathematical correctness of your solutions.  The other half will be based on the clarity of your exposition, and the neatness and legibility of your write-up.  To recieve full credit for this portion of the homework grade, your write-up should satisfy the following:

  • Each problem should be clearly labeled, and should be separated from other problems by at least two lines of whitespace.
  • Each solution should begin with a statement of the problem.  (This can be copied directly from the assignment.)
  • Each solution should be written out clearly and legibly, and organized in a logical manner.  There should be no heavy erasures or "scratched out" work in your solution.  Tip: work out the solutions on scratch paper, then write up a "fair copy" of the solution in your notebook, in pencil.

Homework notebooks are due at the beginning of the class period of the due date.  No late homework will be accepted.

Attendance and Excused Absences

You are expected to attend every class. See the Hampden-Sydney College Catalog for the College's policies on class attendance. Excessive absences may result in forced withdrawal from the course.  You assume full responsibility for all material covered during any absence. A grade of "0" will be assigned for all work missed due to unexcused absences.

Make-Up Policy

Late homework assignments are not accepted, and result in a 0.  If you find that you must miss a test for any legitimate reason (illness, college-sponsored event), you must get in contact with me before the test is given to arrange a make-up.  In the case of a College-sponsored event, the make-up must be given before the announced date of the test.  Failure to abide by these guidelines will result in a grade of 0 for the test.  

Laptops, Cell Phones, Tablets, Texting, etc.

  • no laptops or tablets in class
  • all cell phones should be turned off during class, or be put in silent mode
  • no texting or other use of the internet during class please