Math 1610: Probability

Professor Richard Kenyon
Tel. 863-6406
rkenyon -at- math dot brown dot edu
office: Kassar 305
Office hours: Wednesdays 1-2pm or by appt.

Text: Grinstead and Snell, Introduction to Probability

This text is available free for download here

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


Midterm: Oct 25 in class. No notes or books allowed (despite what it says on the practice midterm)

Find last year's midterm here
(answers: 1. 13/36 2. 25/63 3. 7/8 4. 3/2(1-x)^(1/2) 5. 6/11)

Final 12/14, 9am-12pm, BH 141. You may bring one page of written notes but no other materials.

Practice final here

Office hours this week: Thursday 1pm-2pm. Friday 1pm-2pm (Wednesday hour cancelled).

Grading: there will be one midterm, one final, and weekly homework.
Your final grade will be weighted as follows: Homework 35% Midterm 25% Final 40%.
Your lowest homework grade will be dropped.

Homework 1, due Sep. 15 in class:
Page 35: 4,5,6,10,13,16,18,23,25,31

Homework 2, due Sep. 22 in class:
Page 71: 3,6,8,12,13,14,15,16

Homework 3, due Sep. 29 in class:
Page 89: 7,19(a,b,c,d),22a,23
Page 114: 6,8,10,15,18,19,22,32,35,36

Homework 4, due Oct 6, in class:
Page 150: 3,5,6,9,18,22,27,28,30,32

Homework 5, due Oct 13, in class:
Page 172: 2,5,8,11
Page 181: 1,2,3,5

Homework 6, due Oct 20, in class:
Page 197: 6,9,11,14,18,21,24,25,28,33,35

Homework 7, due Nov. 3, in class:
Page 219: 2,5,9,12,18,26,27,31,34
Page 247: 6,7,8,12,16,18,20a,b,d,35

Homework 8, due Nov. 10, in class:
Page 263: 3,15,20,26
Page 278: 7,8,10,11,15,27

Homework 9, due Nov. 17, in class:
Page 290: 9
Page 300: 2,9,10,13
Page 312: 5,10,11
Page 321: 4,12,18
Page 338: 3,8,12,13,17

Homework 10, due Dec. 1, in class:
Page 354: 3,5,12
Page 361: 10,11
Page 374: 3,4,9
Page 392: 1,4,6,8
Page 402: 3a,10

Homework 11, do not turn in:
Page 422: 6,9,12,13,18*,21,26,33
Page 442: 2,5,12,17,26,
Page 452: 7
Solutions here


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