This is the webpage for a prior quarter's section of Probability. If you're looking for information on my most recent section of the course, please go to http://ccrg.rit.edu/~whelan/1016351/
This table gives a tentative timetable for the course. Everything in it (including possibly the dates of exams, homeworks and quizzes) is subject to change.
Chapter, section and problem numbers are from Devore, Probability and Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences, Seventh Edition (BrooksCole/Cengage, 2008/2009). ISBN 9780495557449
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Tuesday  Þursday  
Wk01 
Mar 9
Chapter 1: Descriptive Statistics 1.11.2: Tabular & Pictorial Representations of Data Practice Problems: 1.11, 1.15, 1.17, 1.29

Mar 11
Chapter 1: Descriptive Statistics 1.31.4: Measures of Location & Variability Practice Problems: 1.33, 1.35, 1.39, 1.49, 1.51, 1.69, 1.73

Wk02 
Mar 16
2.12.3: Axioms and Logic of Probability; Combinatorics (Counting) Guest lecture by Dr. Farnsworth: part one part two Practice Problems: 2.5, 2.9, 2.13, 2.17, 2.29, 2.33, 2.43 Problem Set 1 (Sec. 1.11.4) due; 
Mar 18
2.42.5: Conditional Probabilities & Bayes's Theorem; Independence Guest lecture by Dr. Kim: notes worksheet Practice Problems: 2.45, 2.59, 2.63, 2.71, 2.105 parts a & b Quiz 1 (Sec. 1.11.4) 
Wk03 
Mar 23
Chapter 3: Discrete Random Variables 3.13.2: Probability Mass Function & Cumulative Distribution Function Practice Problems: 3.7, 3.9, 3.13, 3.21, 3.23, 3.25 Problem Set 2 (Sec. 2.12.5) due; 
Mar 25
Chapter 3: Discrete Random Variables 3.33.4: Expected Values; Binomial Distribution Practice Problems: 3.29, 3.33, 3.43, 3.47 (use formula first, then verify w/table), 3.55, 3.59 Quiz 2 (Sec. 2.12.5) 
Wk04 
Mar 30
Chapter 3: Discrete Random Variables 3.5: Hypergeometric & Negative Binomial Distributions Practice Problems: 3.65, 3.69, 3.71, 3.73, 3.75, 3.77 Problem Set 3 (Sec. 3.13.4) due 
Apr 1
Chapter 3: Discrete Random Variables 3.6: Poisson Distribution Practice Problems: 3.79, 3.81, 3.83, 3.85, 3.91, 3.93 Quiz 3 (Sec. 3.13.4) 
Wk05 
Apr 6
Review for Prelim Exam 1 Problem Set 4 (Sec. 3.53.6) due Quiz 4 (Sec. 3.53.6) 
Apr 8
FIRST PRELIM EXAM (Chapters 13) 
Wk06 
Apr 13
Chapter 4: Continuous Random Variables 4.14.2: Probability Density Function & Cumulative Distribution Function Practice Problems: 4.1, 4.5, 4.11, 4.13, 4.17, 4.21 
Apr 15
Chapter 4: Continuous Random Variables 4.3: Normal Distribution Practice Problems: 4.29, 4.31, 4.35, 4.47, 4.53, 4.55

Wk07 
Apr 20
Chapter 4: Continuous Random Variables 4.44.5: Other Distributions (Exponential, Gamma, etc) Practice Problems: 4.59, 4.61, 4.67, 4.69, 4.71, 4.79, 4.85 Problem Set 5 (Sec. 4.14.3) due 
Apr 22
Chapter 4: Continuous Random Variables 4.6: Probability Plots Practice Problems: 4.87, 4.89, 4.91, 4.93, 4.97, 4.111 Quiz 5 (Sec. 4.14.3) 
Wk08 
Apr 27
Chapter 5: Joint Probability Distributions & Random Samples 5.1 Joint Probability Distributions Practice Problems: 5.1, 5.3, 5.9, 5.13, 5.19, 5.21 Problem Set 6 (Sec. 4.44.6) due 
Apr 29
Chapter 5: Joint Probability Distributions & Random Samples 5.2: Expectation Values, correlation and covariance Practice Problems: 5.25, 5.27, 5.31, 5.33 Quiz 6 (Sec. 4.44.6) 
Wk09 
May 4
Chapter 5: Joint Probability Distributions & Random Samples 5.35.4: Statistics; Distribution of Sample Mean Practice Problems: 5.37, 5.39, 5.41, 5.45, 5.49 Problem Set 7 (Sec. 5.15.2) due 
May 4
Chapter 5: Joint Probability Distributions & Random Samples 5.5: Central Limit Theorem; Distribution of a Linear Combination Practice Problems: 5.55, 5.57, 5.61, 5.65, 5.67, 5.89 Quiz 7 (Sec. 5.15.2) 
Wk10 
May 11
Review for Prelim Exam 2 Problem Set 8 (Sec. 5.35.5) due Quiz 8 (Sec. 5.35.5) 
May 13
SECOND PRELIM EXAM (Chapters 45) 
Wk11 
May 18
Review for Final Exam 
May 20
FINAL EXAM (Chapters 15) 
Last Modified: 2011 December 8
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