Stat 400, Section 0301, Spring 2004
Course title: Applied Probability and Statistics
Class time: MWF 12:00-12:50
Class location: Math B0421
Probability and Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences,
Jay L. Devore, 6th edition
Prerequisite: Math 140-141
Instructor: Professor Mike Boyle
Office: 4413 Math
Office hours: MWF 1 and by appointment.
(You're are welcome to drop by unannounced,
but I won't always be in or free to help.)
We will cover most of Chapters 1-8 of the text.
(We will skip parts of Chapter 1;
a few distributions; most of 4.6; 7.4; and 8.3. We'll also cover some topics superficially.)
We expect also to study the Law of Large Numbers, Transformation of
Random Variables, and Simulation (with handouts).
Online access to grades.
You will have the opportunity to get online access to your current
grades in this section through a password you provide.
Grades will be determined from a course score.
be 600 possible points for the score: 200 for the final exam, 100
each for three midterms (I will drop the worst of your four midterm
scores), 100 (after normalization) from quizzes and
The split of the last 100 points for quizzes and homework
will be depend on how many quizzes and homework assignments there
are. Probably each quiz and each homework assignment will be
worth 10 points. I will drop the three lowest scores in this
category and then normalize the points possible to 100.
I am expecting cutoffs of 85% for A,
75% for B, 65% for C, and 55% for D. The cutoffs will not be more
difficult than this.
As a general rule I won't give makeup exams or quizzes --
this is part of the reason for dropping your lowest
midterm and lowest two quizzes.
If you know you must miss a class ahead of time, talk to
me in advance.
Calculators won't be allowed on tests.
Expectations/philosophy. You are expected to
come to class, do the homework, and most important of all be
actively engaged in trying to understand.
The real learning goes on through your active efforts, and most
of this takes place outside class.
Two tips for success:
If your religion dictates that you cannot take an exam or
hand in assigned work on a particular date, then contact
me at the beginning of the semester to discuss
alternatives. You are responsible for making these
arrangements at the beginning of the semester.
- Don't fall behind.
- Make friends. Help each other (especially after trying alone
If you have some disability related to testing under the usual timed,
in-class conditions, you may contact the office of Disabled Students
Services (DSS) in Shoemaker. If they assess you as meriting private
conditions and/or extra time, then you may arrange to take your tests
at DSS, with extra time as they indicate. You must arrange this well in
advance of a test (in particular: no retakes). Click to
Disability Support Services for further information.
The honor pledge; academic integrity; what constitutes cheating
Math Department course page for STAT 400.
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