MATHEMATICS 62

INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS

SECOND HALF, FALL SEMESTER 2003

PROFESSOR HANK KRIEGER

COURSE INFORMATION

 

MEETING TIMES: 9:00 - 9:50 AM (Section 2),10:00 10:50 AM (Section 3), Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

 

CLASSROOM: Galileo Pryne.

 

TEXTBOOK: Probability & Statistics in Engineering, Fourth Edition, by Hines, Montgomery, Goldsman, and Borror, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 

HOW TO REACH ME: In person at Olin 1277; by telephone at 607-3618 (office) or 625-6656 (home); by e-mail at hkrieger@hmc.edu.

 

OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Thursday, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (others as arranged).

 

TUTORS: The HMC Academic Excellence Program provides tutors for core mathematics courses from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday upstairs in the Linde Activities Center.

 

COURSE PHILOSOPHY:

Understanding random phenomena and their associated data allows you to be a more effective citizen and to enhance your future work in mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, computer science, and engineering. In this course, our objectives are to introduce you to the concepts of modern probability theory, which model randomness, and to provide you with interpretations of the common statistical tests used in the laboratory sciences. By the conclusion of this course, you should have the vocabulary and the tools that will make you more comfortable with basic statistical concepts and enough background to learn more sophisticated techniques on your own as needed.

 

GRADING: Your homework average must be at least 40% in order to pass Math 62. The homework is worth 20% of your overall grade. The two tests are each worth 35% of your overall grade. There will be a small statistical project (done in groups of 3 or 4) worth 10% of your overall grade.

Homework: Turn in at beginning of class on due date. No late homework will be accepted. The lowest two homework scores for each student will be dropped. Please staple your homework and write your name, course and section number, homework assignment number, and due date on it. For example:

Suzie Q. Sophomore

Math. 62, Section 2

Homework 1

Friday, October 24, 2003

The graders for this course are Kevin Chu and Mele Sato.

 

1st Test: Handed out Friday, November 14, due in class Monday, November 17.

 

2nd Test: Handed out Friday, December 12, due by 11:00 AM Friday, December 19.

 

HONOR CODE: All tests are strictly individual; no cooperation is allowed. However, working together on understanding the reading and solving the assigned homework problems is strongly encouraged. Comprehension is the goal! Consequently, every student must write up his/her own homework solutions separately. Note that many odd-numbered problems in the text have solutions, or at least answers, given in the back of the book. Verbatim copying of the solutions, either from another person or from a book, will be considered an honor code violation.