Tom Roby's Math 3160 Home Page Spring 2022
|Midterm 1||Midterm 2||Final||Quizzes||Homework|
EXAMS: The midterm dates are already scheduled (see below), so please mark your calendars now. The final exam is scheduled by the registrar around mid-semester. No makeups will be given; instead if you have an approved reason for missing an exam, your other exams will count for the appropriately higher percentage. If you miss the final for reasons approved by the Dean of Students, then you will have one chance to take a make-up final exam in the second or third week of the following term. I reserve the right to give a followup oral exam to verify your understanding if there are any questions about academic integrity.
QUIZZES: Quizzes of about 10–15 minutes will be given each Tuesday (except midterm exam weeks), covering the previous week's material (at the level of HW exercises). There are no makeup quizzes; however, your lowest two quiz scores will be dropped. Here is a sample Practice Quiz so you know ahead of time what the format will be. (Solutions will be provided below.)
STUDENT WORKFLOW: For each week, you should
This course will be fast-paced and cover quite a bit of material. Many students need this course to pass an actuarial exam, for which we cover the minimum syllabus. I strongly encourage you to work ahead whenever possible, since you never know when circumstances beyond your control may conspire to set you behind. The video lectures for the entire semester are already available.
ZULIP: The Zulip discussion board allows you to ask questions and interact with one another (and the instructor) between class meetings. It is an open-source platform similar in feel to Slack. We use Zulip because of its excellent ability to include math notation using LaTeX/MathJax. The quality and quantity of your posts in Zulip count towards your participation grade. If you don't have questions, please try to help out your fellow students who might be confused, or post a summary of the video lecture.
HOMEWORK: Recommended homework is assigned for each chapter, and is due in HuskyCT/Gradescope by 11:59PM SUNDAY following the week that section is covered. These are graded for completion, not accuracy. Solutions are available, but please attempt problems before you look at the solutions. Getting stuck and unstuck is a key learning strategy. In order to be well-prepared for quizzes and exams you should be able to do all the homework problems.
You may find some homework problems to be challenging, leading you to spend lots of time working on them and sometimes get frustrated. This is natural. I encourage you to work with other people in person or electronically. It's OK to get significant help from any resource, but in the end, please write your own solution in your own words. Copying someone else's work without credit is plagiarism and will be dealt with according to university policy. Equally importantly, it is a poor learning strategy.
LATE/UNREADABLE ASSIGNMENTS: Late homework and worksheets (up to 48 hours beyond the 2-hour grace period) will receive half credit, after that none. Homework and worksheets that are not easily readable (e.g., because of bad photo quality) will not be graded and will not receive credit. Various smartphone scanning apps can help produce very readable PDF images of your work.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Please make sure you are familiar with and abide by The Student Code governing Academic Integrity in Undergraduate Education and Research. For exams you may not discuss the material with anyone other than the instructor or offical proctor, and no calculators, phones, slide rules or other devices designed to aid communication or computation may be used unless otherwise specifically indicated on the exam.
CONTENT: Probability is a beautiful and important subject, rich in applications within mathematics and to many other disciplines. It a foundation for understanding statistics, artificial intelligence and many aspects of life.
ACCESSIBILITY & DISABILITY ISSUES: Please contact me and UConn's Center for Students with Disabilities as soon as possible (BUT NO LATER THAN END OF WEEK 2) if you have any accessibility issues, have a (documented) disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, or if you would need assistance in the event of an emergency. In particular, CSD wants a great deal of lead time for scheduling exams.
LEARNING: The only way to learn mathematics is by doing it! Complete each assignment to the best of your ability, and get help when you are confused. Take advantage of the online discussions and office hours and the wealth of information on the web. Especially for learning this subject, it is important to do lots of problems—many more than I could reasonably assign you to hand in. Note that almost all problems are word problems, and careful attention to language is imperative.
|3160 LECTURE AND ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE|
|1||1/18–21||Chapter 1||Combinatorics: Permutations, Combinations, Binomial Coefficients||Video Lectures 01a, 01b, 01c||All of §1.3||Practice Quiz #1|
|2||1/24–29||Chapter 2||The probability setup||Video Lectures 02a, 02b||All of §2.3|
|3||1/31–2/4||Chapter 3 AND Chapter 4||Independence & Conditional Probability||Video Lecture 3a (Chapt. 3) AND 3b and 3c (Chapt. 4)||All of §3.3 & §4.3|
|4||2/7–11||Chapter 5||Random variables||Video Lectures 4a and 4b||All of §5.3|
|5||2/14–18||Chapters 1–5||REVIEW & EXAM WEEK|
|THURSDAY 17 FEBRUARY: FIRST MIDTERM EXAM (Chapters 1–5)|
|6||2/21–25||Chapter 6||Some discrete Distributions||Video Lectures 4c and 4d (Chapt. 6)||All of §6.3|
|7||2/28–3/4||Chapter 7||Continuous Distributions||Video Lecture 5a (Chapt. 7)||All of §7.3|
|8||3/7–3/11||Chapter 8 AND Chapter 9||Normal Distribution & Normal Approximations||Video Lectures 5b (Chapt. 8–9)||All of §8.3 & §9.1|
|14–19 MARCH IS SPRING BREAK: NO CLASSES|
|9||3/21–25||Chapter 10||Some continuous distributions||Video Lectures 5c and 5d (Chapt. 10)||All of §10.3|
|10||3/28–4/1||Chapters 1–5||REVIEW & EXAM WEEK|
|THURSDAY 31 MARCH: SECOND MIDTERM EXAM (Chapters 6–10)|
|11||4/4–8||Chapter 11||Multivariate Distributions||Video Lectures 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d (Chapt. 11)||All of §11.7|
|12||4/11–15||Chapter 12||Expectation||Video Lectures 7a, 7b, 7c (Chapt. 12)||All of §12.4|
|13||4/18–22||Chapter 13||Moment generating functions||Video Lectures 7d and 7e (Chapt. 13)||All of §13.3|
|14||4/25–29||Chapter 14 AND Chapter 15||Limit laws, modes of convergence, and Inequalities||Video Lectures 8a and 8b (Chapt. 14)||All of §14.4|
TUESDAY 3 MAY, 08:00-10:00: FINAL EXAM (covers entire course)|
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