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YORK UNIVERSITY

SC/MATH 2030 3.00 A, S1 2017


COURSE OUTLINE

ELEMENTARY PROBABILITY
TR 18:00-21:00 CLH C

INSTRUCTOR: Professor V. Michkine, S511 Ross, Tel. 736-2100 xt 33960


e-mail: vmichkin@mathstat.yorku.ca
OFFICE HOURS: MTW 15:30-17:00 or by appointment.
REQUIRED TEXT: Jim Pitman, Probability, Springer-Verlag New York Inc, 1st
Ed, 1993. The text is available at the York Bookstore. Answers to odd-numbered
exercises in the textbook are given at the end of the text.
PREREQUISITE: One of SC/MATH 1010 3.00, SC/MATH 1014 3.00, or SC/MATH
1310 3.00.
SYLLABUS (subject to change):
We will study the following sections:
Appendix 1: Basics of Counting;
Chapter 1: sections 1.1-1.6 (except Empirical Distributions in 1.3);
Chapter 2: sections 2.1-2.2, 2.4-2.5 (except Skew Normal Approximation in 2.2);
Chapter 3: sections 3.1-3.6 (except Negative Binomial Distributions in 3.4 and
Skew Normal Approximation in 3.5);
Chapter 4: sections 4.1-4.2, 4.4-4.5 (except Gamma Distributions in 4.2);
Chapter 6: section 6.4.

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:


This course provides an introduction to the theory of probability. It covers mathe-
matical models used to calculate probabilities and expectations and discusses some
applications of random variables to pose and solve interesting problems arising in
nature. It is required for most programs in Mathematics and Statistics, Computer
Science and other disciplines. Subsequent courses that use the material covered
include Mathematical Statistics, Operation Research, Actuarial Mathematics and
Mathematical Finance, Stochastic Processes, as well as more advanced courses in
Probability Theory. The emphasis will be on conceptual understanding, counting
techniques, and problem solving.
COURSE WEBSITE: https://moodle.yorku.ca Moodle will be used for the
online course website. Test solutions, announcements, etc. will be posted on the
course Moodle site, so please check it regularly during the term. For technical assis-
tance related to Moodle use the link https://moodle.yorku.ca/students/contact/index.html
TESTS&EXAMS: There will be two 1.5-hour in-class tests and a three-hour final
examination in June 2017. Marked works will be available in class the following
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week. Solutions to test problems will be posted on the course website. The com-
ponents of your grade will be based on the performances on the tests and final
examination only.
Tentative dates for the tests:
MATH LAB: Assistance with mathematical questions on the course or the home-
work problems will be available in MATH LAB S525 Ross that begin the second
week of classes. I am also willing to provide help during my office hours.
Test #1 (on Chapters 1-3) Tuesday, May 30, 2017;
Test #2 (on Chapters 3-4, 6) Thursday, June 8, 2017;
Final Exam (on Chapters 1-4, 6) June 14-16, 2017 TBA.
MARKS: Tests #1 and #2 will count as 25% and 20% respectively and the Final
Exam will count as 55% of your mark.
All undergraduate Faculties at York follow a common grading system based on the
following grades:
A+ ( 90%):= exceptional
A (80-89%) := excellent
B+ (75-79%) := very good
B (70-74%) := good
C+ (65-69%) := competent
C (60-64%) := fairly competent
D+ (55-59%) := passing
D (50-54%) := barely passing
E (< 50%) := marginally failing
F (<< 50%) := failing
NB: both E and F are failing grades.
BEHAVIOUR: Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with York
University polices and regulations concerning academic conduct. These can be
found in the undergraduate Program Calendar. Special note should be taken of the
Senate Policy on Academic Honesty, cheating and/or impersonation, since these
offenses are dealt with severely. Photo identification and signing-in will be required
at all tests and at the final examination. All distractive electronic devices have
to be turned off during classes, tests and exams. Cell phones, head phones, CD
players distract students and should not be used in class.
Do not talk in class. If you disrupt the lecture by talking or creating other excessive
noise, you will be asked to leave the classroom and/or see the instructor at a later
date during office hours to discuss your behavior.
MISSED TESTS: There will be no make-up tests for missed in-class tests. Upon
presentation of solid documentation of a valid excuse, the corresponding percentage
of the final mark will be added to the result of the final exam. With no presentation
of such documentation a grade of zero will be entered for the missed test. If you
miss the Final Exam, then you must apply formally for a Deferred Exam through
the Registrars Office.
IMPORTANT DATES: May 2, 2017 Course start date.
May 5, 2017 Last day to add a course without permission of course instructor.
May 12, 2017 Last day to add a course with permission of course instructor.
June 2, 2017 Last day to drop a course without receiving a grade.
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June 8, 2017 Course end date.


HOMEWORK: Students are expected to do as many problems from the text
as possible and at least all problems of the assigned homework. Experience has
shown that the only way to learn Math is to do it. So the amount you learn in this
course and the grade you receive will be proportional to the amount of time you
spend doing problems. Your solutions to homework exercises will not be collected
for grading, but there will be two in-class tests and the final examination. Marked
works will be available in class the following week.
HOMEWORK FOR MATH 2030 3.00 A, S1 2017
You are strongly encouraged to work out the following problems from the text.
This will provide practice for the types of questions that may appear on the tests
and final exam. You are also encouraged to do further problems to gain confidence
and improve your performances on the tests and final exam. Get help as soon as
possible if you do not understand any concept or technique.
Chapter 1
Exercises Appendix 1: i-vii, viii(a), x-xiv.
Exercises 1.1: 3,5,6-8.
Exercises 1.2: 1,3,4.
Exercises 1.3: 1,3,5,7,11,13-15.
Exercises 1.4: 1,3-5,9,11,12.
Exercises 1.5: 1-5.
Exercises 1.6: 1,3,5,6,7.
Review Exercises: 1-6,9,11-13.
Chapter 2
Exercises 2.1: 1-13 (all odd numbered questions).
Exercises 2.2: 1-15 (all odd numbered questions).
Exercises 2.4: 1-9 (all odd numbered questions).
Exercises 2.5: 1-13 (all odd numbered questions).
Review Exercises: 1-33 (all odd numbered questions).
Chapter 3
Exercises 3.1: 1-23 (all odd numbered questions).
Exercises 3.2: 1-19 (all odd numbered questions).
Exercises 3.3: 1-29 (all odd numbered questions).
Exercises 3.4: 1-19 (all odd numbered questions).
Exercises 3.5: 1-19 (all odd numbered questions).
Exercises 3.6: 1-15 (all odd numbered questions).
Review Exercises: 1-39 (all odd numbered questions).
Chapter 4
Exercises 4.1: 1-15 (all odd numbered questions).
Exercises 4.2: 1-11 (all odd numbered questions).
Exercises 4.4: 1-11 (all odd numbered questions).
Exercises 4.5: 1-9 (all odd numbered questions).
Review Exercises: 1-27 (all odd numbered questions).
Chapter 6
Exercises 6.4: 1-23 (all odd numbered questions).