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APSU MATH 4240 - Syllabus

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Math 4240: Probability Fall, 2010 GENERAL INFO: Instructor: Matt Jones E-mail: [email protected] Office: Clement 110 Phone: 931/221-7814 Class meets in Claxton 331, MWF 9:05 – 10:00 Office Hours: MW 1:30 – 3:00, TTH 11:00 – 1:00, or by appointment ONLINE INFO: Refer to the course website for this syllabus, old lecture notes, homework problems, exam solutions, etc. PREREQUISITES: Calculus at the level of MATH 1920 DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES: Not only is probability theory at the root of statistics, it is extremely important for modeling systems that arise in the natural and decision sciences and engineering. It has important applications in genetics, queueing theory, gambling, asset pricing, and logistics, just to name a few. This course will help you improve your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Topics will include sample spaces, continuous and discrete random variables and their probability distributions, multivariate distributions, expectation and conditional expectation, generating functions and transforms, law of large numbers, and the central limit theorem. TEXT: Mathematical Statistics with Applications, 7th ed., by Wackerly, Mendenhall, Scheaffer. GRADES: Your grade in this class will be based on homework exams as follows: Homework: 20%, Exam I: 20%, Exam II: 20%, Exam III: 20% Final Exam: 20%. Homework will be due in class every class period, and no late homework will be accepted. To compensate, I will drop several of your lowest homework grades at the end of the semester. Your final average will correspond to letter grades as follows: [90%, 100%] A [80%, 90%) B [70%, 80%) C [60%, 70%) D < 60% F I reserve the right to curve in your favor if necessary.ATTENDANCE: I am required by APSU to record attendance. However, no component of your grade will directly depend on attendance. If your absences are excessive, I will put you on academic alert and ask you to come by my office and discuss your situation. GRADUATE CREDIT: If you are taking this course for graduate credit (Math 5240), you will be required to do a project in addition to the work required of undergraduate students. You will need to produce a report on the project and you will be graded on this project. Project grades will comprise 1/3 of your homework grade, which is of course 5% of your final grade. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Any student who has a disability that may affect his/her academic performance is encouraged to make an appointment with me to discuss this matter, or you may contact Disability Services; telephone 221-6230; voice 221-6278; voice tty. WITHDRAWING FROM CLASS: If you withdraw from class by the date listed in the university calendar as the last day to drop a class with a "W", "F", "FN", or "FA", you will receive a “W”. If you withdraw after that date you will receive an F unless there are unusually extenuating circumstances such as hospitalization, etc. POLICY ON MINORS: According to APSU policy #3:032, minors (any non-student under the age of 18) accompanying staff, faculty, students, or visitors on campus are not permitted in the classroom. While I recognize that extenuating circumstances occur and make it difficult for some students to attend without bringing children with them on occasion, I must enforce University policy and thus will deny any request for a child in my classroom. You should also be aware that minors are not allowed in academic labs, computer labs, science labs, or the library. Further, children cannot be left in halls outside classrooms. Please be aware that the policy on unattended minors is for the purpose of ensuring that our classrooms are conducive to learning and for the safety and protection of minors. For additional information on minors on campus, contact the Office of Student Affairs in the Morgan University Center. ACADEMIC AND CLASSROOM MISCONDUCT: Students are expected to conduct themselves appropriately at all times. Academic and classroom misconduct will not be tolerated. Students must read the “Code of Student Conduct” in the new Student Handbook for an understanding of what will be expected of them within the academic setting. A note on cell phones: be considerate of your fellow classmates. Turn off your cell phones before entering class unless there are special circumstances requiring your phone to be on.-----The above material is subject to change in the event of extenuating

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