MA 161 0 Probability
Fall 2012-13

Instructor: Dan Abramovich
Class meeting: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:00-11:50pm in Barus-Holley 163
Office: Kassar 118, 151 Thayer Street, at the intersection with George Street.
Telephone: (401) 863 7968; department: 401 863-2708
E-mail: abrmovic ( at ) math (period) brown (dot) edu
Preliminary Office hours: Monday and Friday, 10:00-10:50, Wednesday 2:00-2:50, or by appointment

Canvas class site:
Web site for class:

Dates: no class September 17. Also note that October 8 is a Brown break (Columbus Day) and November 23 is Thanksgiving break. Brown is open November 12 (Veteran's Day) and November 21 before noon, and I do plan to hold class.
Final exam: December 21, 2012 at 2pm. in Wilson 301
Midterm: October 24 in class.

Text: Grinstead and Snell, Introduction to Probability.
This text is available free for download on
It is also available for purchase at the bookstore and on the American Mathematical Society web store: (last I checked it was on sale for $36).
Course outline: We'll cover most of the book.
A list of topics available here:
Grading: there will be one midterm, one final, and weekly homework with possible projects.
Your final grade will be weighted as follows: Homework 30% Midterm 30% Final 40%.
Your lowest homework grade will be dropped. You may work in groups, but you must write your own solutions to homework problems. Exams are strictly individual.
Standard Academic Conduct Statement: Your conduct in this course, as with all courses, is governed by the Brown Academic Conduct Code, .
The general rule: you may discuss your assignments with classmates, instructor, friends, etc., but the submitted assignment must be worked out in writing by you alone. Exam work is strictly individual and you may only consult material which is explicitly approved by the instructor. If you have any doubt about any aspect of academic conduct, ask.

Homework assignments available here.

Some lecture summaries available here.