Math 351-001 Probability *MOVED TO BLACKBOARD*
   TTh 9:00-10:15
   R B202








Instructor: Ellen O'Brien
Office: Exploratory Hall 4223
Office Hours: MW 11:30-12:30
Phone: 703 993-1483
Web Address:

Course Prerequisites: Math 213 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III or Math 215 Vector Calculus

Text: A First Course in Probability , by Sheldon Ross, Ninth Edition, Prentice Hall 2014

Course Content: The course will cover most of Chapters 1-7 and part of Chapter 8, including the following topics:

      • Axioms of Probability
      • Conditional Probabilty and Independence
      • Random Variables
      • Continuous Random Variables
      • Jointly Distributed Random Variables
      • Properties of Expectation
      • Limit Theorems
Grading: Your grade for the course will be calculated based on three exams (100 points each), graded homeworks (100 points total) and a cumulative final exam (200 points). The sum of these grades divided by 6 determines your grade according to the scale:

  A: 90-100   B:80-89  C:70-79   D:65-70   F: below 65

+ or - will be attached ( if applicable) to the grades that occur in the lower or upper 2 points of each category.

Homework: Homework problems will be assigned at the end of each class and reviewed at the beginning of the next class meeting. Not all homeworks will be collected. I will announce which assignments are to be submitted for grading and distribute the assignment on paper in class. All homework assignments will be posted on Blackboard after each class:

Test Dates:

      • Test 1 :   Tuesday, February 18
      • Test 2 :   Tuesday, March 25
      • Test 3 :   Tuesday, April 22
      • Final Exam :  Wednesday, May 14 9:45-11:45 *NEW DATE AND TIME*

Honor Code: Sharing information of any kind about exams will result in a grade of zero for all parties involved. Although you may discuss the homework problems with other students in the class, each student is to write his or her own solutions.

Disability statement
If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations, please see me and contact the Office of Disability Resources at 703.993.2474. All academic accommodations must be arranged through that office.

General Remarks
Please be considerate of other students.
Please get to class on time. If you must arrive late or leave early sit near the door to minimize the distraction.
Please turn off your cell phone before class.

Last Revised March 7, 2014