Rice University
This course covers the basic concepts of Probability
Theory
and Statistics.
Targeted at undergraduate students it balances motivation, rigor and
application of the relevant concepts through examples and homework. The
course covers
elementary concepts from probability theory and statistics such as the
basic rules of probability, random variables,
distributions, expected values, independence, correlations and
estimation. Simple models (such as the Binomial and the
Poisson models) are applied to real world problems in engineering and
other fields.
Announcement
First
class on Augst 23: Orientation.
Dr. Rudolf RiediGraders
Duncan Hall 2082, 713 / 348 3020,
Office Hours: TBA
or by appointment
Further suggested readingJ. R. Cogdell `Modeling Random Systems"
The course will closely follow this book; it is available at the campus bookstore.
One copy of the book is "on reserve" at Fondren (2 hours at a time).
Amazon lists several used copies at a reduced price.
20% Homework
20% QUIZ (late September)
30% Midterm EXAM (late October)
30% Last EXAM (late November)
[Outline] [Textbooks] [Grading] [Reading assignment] [Homework problems and solutions] [Tests]
Classes / Reading
Topics dealt with in class and reading assignment will be posted here.
See also last year's schedule.
Topics covered
reading [exercises]
August 23
Orientation, Introduction to Probability
Bernstein: "Against the Goods"
[Outline] [Textbooks] [Grading] [Reading assignment] [Homework problems and solutions] [Tests]
Homework
(texsource and solutions restricted to Rice University)
Homework sheet  Due date (in class)  Solutions 
Problem Set 1 
Homework is due at the beginning of class on the due date. After the due date, but before solutions are handed out, homework can be turned in for 50% credit. In this case, please slip your homework under the instructors's office door, or bring it to class. After solutions are handed out, 0% credit will be issued. You are encouraged to work in groups for homeworks but you will hand in your own solution which you are expected to understand.
[Outline] [Textbooks] [Grading] [Reading assignment] [Homework problems and solutions] [Tests]
Quiz (20%) 
Due: TBA, tentatively late
September 
in class (open notes) 
Test 1 (30%)  Due:
TBA, tentatively early Nov.

Take home, 180 minutes, (open notes) 
Test 2 (30%)  Due: TBA, tentatively last day of class.  Take home, 3 hours (open books) 