Professor: | Kay Kirkpatrick |
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Office: | 334 Illini Hall |
Contact: | The way to get in touch with me is by email, kkirkpat(at)illinois.edu, with subject line "Math 461: ...", and with salutation "Dear Professor Kirkpatrick". |
Section E13 MWF 1:00-1:50 pm in 345 AH
Section F13 MWF 2:00-2:50 pm in 241 AH | |
Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00-3:50 pm, or by appointment. I'm happy to answer your questions in my office anytime as long as I'm not otherwise engaged; before and after class are good times to catch me either in my office or in the classroom. | |
Lin Cong. Office hours: Mondays 4-5pm in Coble Hall basement B2. | |
Textbook: | Sheldon Ross, A First Course in Probability, 9th Edition. 2012, Prentice Hall. It is okay to use a different edition for studying; the homework problems will be from the 9th edition. You can check my textbook, the TA's, or a classmate's to make sure you're doing the right problems. |
Homework policy: | Homework will be assigned regularly, and collected on Fridays in class. You are encouraged to work together on the homework, but I ask that you write up your own solutions and turn them in separately. Late homework will not be graded. If for some reason you've done a homework but can't turn it in in class, you should turn it in to my mailbox in 250 AH before class, or ask a classmate to turn it in for you. Because of this strict policy on late homework, 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 and talking about homework problems, 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: |
There will be two in-class midterm exams, the first on February 28th and the second
on April 11th. Each exam will be
technically comprehensive, but emphasizing recent material up to
the most recent graded and returned homework assignment. Exam problems will
be similar to homework problems.
The final exam will cover the
most important topics of the whole course, emphasizing recent
material somewhat. The final:
E13 1:30-4:30 PM, Thursday, May 15; F13 1:30-4:30 PM, Friday, May 9. |
Exam policy: | Make-up exams will be given only for medical or other serious reasons. If you discover that you cannot be at an exam, please let me know as soon as possible, so that we can make other arrangements. You must work completely on your own during exams (and any quizzes). I make my exams fair and similar to homework, so as long as you use the resources provided, you should do fine. If you have difficulties of any kind or fall behind in the course, please come talk to me as soon as possible. |
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; at worst, 90% would be the highest cutoff for an A-, 80% for a B-, and so on. |
Prerequisites: | Math 241 or the equivalent. We will use important topics from calculus, such as infinite series with positive terms (most calculations involve the geometric series and series derived from it), improper integrals and double integrals (change of variables formula, manipulating Gaussian integrals). |