Syllabus for Math 461, Section X13

Syllabus for Math 461, Section X13

Text: Sheldon Ross, A First Course in Probability, 9th Edition, 2014, Pearson.

Course topics: We will cover most of materials in the first eight chapters of the book.

Homework: Homework problems will be assigned daily. And I will also post the assigned exercises on the my home page. You can discuss homework problems with your friends, in fact, I encourage you to form groups of two or three to discuss the homework problems. After discussing the problems, I would like that each one of you write up your own solutions. Homework problems will be collected weekly on Fridays in class and 4 or 5 randomly selected problems will be graded. Late homework will not be graded and credited. The two lowest scores on the homework assignments will be dropped.

Grading policy: There will be 2 in class tests and a final exam. The test and the final will be in our usual classroom. There is no makeup for the tests except for medical reasons in which case you have to provide the instructor medical documents. Each test accounts for 25% of the grade, the final accounts for 40% of the grade and the homework accounts for 10% of the grade.

  • Final exam: 8:00-11:00 AM, Thursday, December 21. The final is in our regular classroom.
  • Tests: Friday, Ocober 13, Friday, November 17. These tests will be given in class.


  • Renming Song (Home Page)
    Department of Mathematics
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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