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 M13 at
09:30AM  10:50AM on
TR in
445 Altgeld Hall
Section Q13 at 12:30PM  01:50PM on TR in 141 Altgeld Hall  
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:003:50 pm, or by appointment, in my office, 334 Illini Hall. I'm 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.  
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.) 
Homework policy:  Homework will be assigned regularly and collected in class, or turned in to my mailbox in 250 AH before 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 26 and
April 9. Each exam will be comprehensive, 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 is a combined final exam for Math 461 (sections M13/M14
and Q13/Q14) and will be held 1:304:30 pm on Friday,
May 8, 2015 in room 213 Greg Hall. The Math 461 conflict exam is
Friday morning, May 8, 2015: email me for coordinates. (NOTE:
these combined final and conflict exams replace the other final exam
times.)

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. 
Classroom policy:  I support individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas across a range of social groups including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities, economic class, religion, and their intersections. I expect that we will all treat each other with respect. Please contact me to request disability accommodations. 
Prerequisites:  Math 241 or the equivalent. We will use topics from calculus, such as geometric series, improper and double integrals, and changes of variables. 