Professor:  Kay Kirkpatrick 

Contact:  The way to get in touch with me is by email, kkirkpat(at)illinois.edu, with 461 in the subject line and addressing me as "Professor Kirkpatrick." 
Section B13: 9:00AM  9:50AM on
MWF in
140 Burrill Hall
Section C13: 10:00AM  10:50AM on MWF in 140 Burrill Hall  
Mondays 12:301:30pm, and Wednesdays 11:0011:50am, or by appointment, in my office, 231 Illini Hall. I'm also happy to answer your questions anytime that I'm not otherwise engaged: before and after class are good times to catch me either in my office or in the classroom.  
Justice:  I am committed to affirming the identities, realities and voices of all students, especially students from historically marginalized or underrepresented backgrounds. I value the use of selfspecified gender pronouns and respect for all persons. Please contact me to receive disability accommodations. You should also know that I'm a mandatory reporter. 
Textbook:  Sheldon Ross, A First Course in Probability, 9th Edition, 2012, Prentice Hall. Other editions are okay for studying; the homework problems will be from the 9th edition, which you can check against my textbook or a classmate's. (Page numbers are the main difference; most content is identical.) 
Homework policy:  Homework will be assigned regularly and collected in class, or turned in to my mailbox in 250 AH before the end of class. You are encouraged to work together on the homework, but you should write up your own solutions to turn in separately. If you use two names, put both of them on your homework. Late homework will not be graded; instead I will drop your two lowest scores. 
Homework philosophy:  Mathematics is something that you learn by doing: doing homework problems and explaining them to each other. If, after thinking about them, you get stuck or have questions, I will be happy to help. You'll have a high probability of doing well in this class by combining all of these resources: classes, textbook, homework, office hours, and discussions with classmates. 
Exams: 
Two inclass midterms are scheduled for February 22 and
April 5. Each exam will be technically comprehensive but emphasizing recent material up to
the most recent graded and returned homework assignment.
The final exam will cover important topics of the whole course, emphasizing recent
material somewhat. The final exam is 7:0010:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7
for Section B13, and 1:304:30 p.m., Friday, May 3 for Section C13.

Exam policy:  Makeup exams will be given only for medical or other serious reasons, and arrangements should be initiated by you as soon as possible. You must work completely on your own during exams and quizzes. My exams are fair and similar to homework, so as long as you use the resources provided, you should be fine. If you have difficulties or fall behind in the course, please come talk to me. 
Grading policy: 
Homework: 20% of the course grade 2 Midterms: 20% each Final Exam: 40% There will probably be a curve for the semester letter grades; 90% would be the highest cutoff for an A, 80% for a B, and so on. If you are near a cutoff, I take your lecture participation into account. 
Prerequisites:  Math 241 or the equivalent. We will use topics from calculus, such as geometric series, improper and double integrals, and changes of variables. 