Mathematical Theory of Probability (477)
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If there were one mathematics course that should be made compulsory for ANYONE's education, this would be it. Apart from representing beautiful and elegant mathematics, probability is absolutely essential for being able to make sense of the world around you. In fields as diverse as politics, economics or the life sciences, probabilistic models are ubiquitous and extremely powerful. This course hopes to lay the foundations and provides you with the basic tools needed to make informed choices.
The following list of topics covered is tentative so please check back frequently. General course announcements will be made via the course's Sakai page.
There will be NO calculators in this class. I am hoping to teach you to use your brain instead.
Homework problems and grades will be announced on Sakai as we go along. You should expect to spend about 2 1/2 hours per lecture working on homework assignments and consolidating your knowledge of the material by re-reading your notes and following up with the textbook. Homework problems will be collected each Monday, and late homework will NOT be accepted.
There will be an average of one quiz per week of no more than 10 minutes' length. Occasionally these quizzes will be administered online via the Sakai website. You should be able to answer the questions without too much trouble if you pay attention in class and keep up with the homework. There will generally be NO opportunity to make up quizzes, so class attendance is crucial.
A total of 500 points is available for this class, which will be allocated as follows.
What to do if you miss a class? You can look at the syllabus and work through the textbook sections indicated, talk to a friend and borrow their notes. In addition, we are going to set up a Course Diary section on Sakai. This means we need one volunteer per lecture to write a brief summary of what we did in class. The emphasis is on "brief", with references to relevant resources. When you write a summary, think about what you would like your friend to tell you if you had missed the lecture. Ten extra points will be added to your quiz score at the end of the semester if you volunteer and complete the task within 24h. Note that you can volunteer at most twice during the semester.
A note on the use of Sakai
While we try our best to accurately transfer your grades to the Sakai gradebook, mistakes do occur. It is your responsibility to check your grades and notify us of any errors no more than a week after they were first announced on Sakai.
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Each "x" is worth 1 point. I'll try and update this page after every round. Please let me know by email if you think there is a mistake in this table.
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