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**M362K, Probability Spring 2001**

**Unique number**: 55080

**Meeting time and place**: MWF 9-10, RLM 6.116

**Instructor**: Lorenzo Sadun, RLM 9.114, x1-7121

**Web site**: http://www.ma.utexas.edu/users/sadun/S01/M362K/

**Office hours**: MW 10-11, Th 11-12

**Textbook**: *An Introduction to Probability and Its Applications*,
by R. Larsen & M. Marx. We will cover the whole book reasonably thoroughly,
skipping only occasional sections. This book is very easy to read, with
lots and lots of examples. We will go over some of the examples in class;
you are expected to work through the remaining examples at home.

**Prerequisites**: M408D, 808B, or equivalent. **THESE ARE VERY
IMPORTANT!** In particular, you should be familiar with exponential functions,
you should know how to integrate by parts, and you shouldn't be *too*
scared of infinite series.

**Homework**: There will be weekly problem sets, due at the beginning
of class on Wednesdays (except for exam weeks). We will then go over selected
problems. As a result, late homework will **NOT** be accepted. You are
*encouraged* to work together. If you do not understand how to do
a problem, please ask a friend! By talking things over, you'll both learn
more. Of course, your homework papers should in the end reflect your own
understanding (i.e., you can't just copy somebody else's paper), but collaboration
is a very good way to achieve that understanding.

Remember that homework is primarily for learning, not for grading. Probability
is often counterintuitive at first, and it takes a lot of experience to
develop an intuition you can really trust. The only way to get this experience
is to work problems.

**Tests**: There will be three midterm exams, on Friday, February
9, Friday, March 9 (the day before Spring Break) and Monday, April 9. The
final exam will be on Saturday, May 12, 2-5. The midterms and final will
be closed book, but you will be allowed to bring in a page of *handwritten*
notes to each exam.

**Grading and overcounting**: Each midterm will count 20%, the final
will count 40%, and the homework will count 20%, with the lowest 20% dropped
at the end of the term.

**Disabilities**: The University of Texas at Austin provides upon
request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with
disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students
at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY.

*Lorenzo Sadun*

*Fri Jan 12 16:17:39 CST 2001*