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:**
` https://canvas.brown.edu/courses/755811#`

**Web site for class:**
`
http://www.math.brown.edu/~abrmovic/MA/f1213/161/index.html
`

**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
`
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/teaching_aids/books_articles/probability_book/book.html`.

It is also available for purchase at the bookstore and on the American
Mathematical Society web store:
`
http://www.ams.org/bookstore-getitem/item=IPROB `
(last I checked it was on sale for $36).

**Course outline:** We'll cover most of the book.

A list of topics available here:
http://www.math.brown.edu/course_desc.html#ma161

**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,
http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Dean_of_the_College/academic_code/code.html .
**
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.