MATH 351
Problem Sets

Math 351, Fall 2012

Professor: Dr. Rebecca Goldin
Office:   ST 1, Room 207
Fax:    703-993-1491
Office Hours:  Tues, 2:45-3:30, Thu, 11:00-11:45, and by appointment.
Course Meeting: Tues, Thu 12:00pm-1:15pm, East 121. We will follow the university schedule, except there will be no class on Sept 18 due to Rosh Hashana. If you have any conflicts to normal classt ime due to religious reasons, please let me know as soon as possible.

Textbook: A First Course in Probability, Eighth Edition, by Sheldon Ross, published by Prentice Hall.
We will cover most of Chapters 1-8 in the text. You are strongly encouraged to read the text before coming to class. Our textbook is a classic. A group of students and faculty at MIT have compiled a set of solutions to the problems in the seventh edition at

Problem Sets: Weekly problem sets will be posted online and will be similar to problems from the text. You will always have at least one week to complete any problem set. You are welcome and encouraged to talk to other students about problem sets. However, you must write up your problem set individually. Please do not email me completed problem sets. You must turn them in to me via a physical copy. Late problem sets are accepted if you get prior permission from me. Permission is given at most for one week of delay, and at most once during the semester.

Additional Help: You should definitely talk to other students in the class, and work with others on the problem sets. Also, please ask questions in class! Most likely your question is one that someone else has. You help the other students, and the professor, too, by asking questions! You are very encouraged to send me email with any questions, and of course you can always come to office hours.

Exams:  There are two in-class midterm/hourly exams for this course. The dates are not set in stone and could change! There is one final exam, currently scheduled for Thurs. 12/13, 10:30 am – 1:15 pm.

These dates are subject to change. Please check back regularly and/or come to class to see any changes made to these dates.
Exam 1: October 4, and
Exam 2: November 20.

There are no make up exams except in extraordinary circumstances. You should alert me to this circumstance as far in advance as possible; it is at my discretion to determine whether your circumstance is extraordinary.

Grading:  Grades will be determined generally as follows:
•    2/9 the grade is graded problem sets.
•    2/9 of the grade is the first hourly exam
•    2/9 of the grade is the second hourly exam
•    1/3 of the grade is the final exam

Attendence: Attendence is not required. However, I do not do favors for students who do not come to class. If you do not come to class, please do not come to office hours, do not send me an email with questions about the material or ask what we covered.

Honor Code: It is expected that each student in this class will conduct himself or herself within the guidelines of the Honor Code.  Among other things, this means that sharing information of any kind about exams or the final (either before or during the exam) will result at a minimum in a grade of zero for all parties involved.  Violations will also be reported to the university Honor committee where further consequences such as probation or expulsion from the university may be incurred.  See for a copy of the Honor code.

Disability Services:  Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have a documented disability.  It is your responsibility to contact Disability Services at least two weeks in advance of a test if you require accommodations:
Office of Disability Services
Student Union Building I (SUB I), room 4205
Phone: 703-993-2474