**Text:** The text will be Probability & Statistics by Davis and Uhl at http://go.illinois.edu/NetMath461Courseware; also it is the *Basics* and *Tutorials* sections of the mathematica workbooks.
**Course topics:** Introductory Probability (see also the Course Catalog Entry for Math 461.

**Grading policy:** Final grades will be determined on the basis
of the total numerical score (0-500 points) achieved on exams and homework. Relative
weights are:

Final: | 20% of grade |

Hourly Exam 1: | 15% of grade |

Hourly Exam 2: | 15% of grade |

Quizzes: | 10% of grade |

Homework: | 40% of grade |

**Final exam:**Final will be 1:30-4:30 PM, Monday, December 12 in 163 Everitt.**Hourly exams:**October 5 and November 16. These exams will be given in class.**Quizzes:**There will be 7 surprise quizzes in the regular lectures, each worth 10 points. The two lowest scores on these quizzes will be dropped. These quizzes will often be on material which was covered the day before. There will be NO makeup quizzes (don't even ask). Note: a very useful habit in college is to be*in*your seat and thinking about a subject when a class starts. Although it is of course unsettling for the students, having surprise quizzes at the beginning of a class is a very simple way of ensuring that this happens.**Homework:**Homework will roughly be due once a week. The*Give it a Try*Mathematica workbooks are the homework. It should be uploaded to Classcomm. You may do the homework in groups of 2. Note, however, that the maximum grade in the class cannot be more than a grade higher than the grade on quizzes and exams. I will attempt to announce new homework and other things on Classcomm or my Twitter Feed.- This is the
*first*time I have taught 461 in the mathematica format. We will jointly be learning how to understand probability via mathematica. In fact, I am excited. When you graduate, most of you will be faced with huge amounts of data. You will have to model phenomena and use computers to compare the model to data, and to predict using simulations. We will try to equip you with a blend of theory and computational insights which will give you the beginning of a solid footing in doing this. Note, however, that this class will require*work*. It will also require you to keep up. If you lose focus for more than about 2 days, it becomes*really*difficult to catch up. **TA:**Jimmy Shan shan15@illinois.edu is the resident wizard of mathematica. He knows more than I do about it, so please email him if you have problems getting things running.

Richard Sowers Department of Mathematics College of Liberal Arts and Sciences University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 273 Altgeld Hall, MC-382 1409 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801 USA Department Main Office Telephone: (217) 333-3350 Fax (217) 333-9576 |