STAT 418, Section 2: Introduction to Probability

Course Syllabus, Fall 2019


General description of the course: An introduction to the fundamentals and axioms of probability.

Textbook: A First Course in Probability, eighth edition, by S. Ross.

Required Work:
1. Sixteen (16) weekly homework assignments.
2. Two (2) mid-term examinations, scheduled for October 1 and November 12.
3. A comprehensive final examination, to be held during the week of December 16-20.
4. Full attendance at lectures.
5. Regular reading of the New York Times and the Centre Daily Times.

Homework: Weekly homework assignments will be collected at the beginning of class on Tuesdays.
Late assignments will not be accepted, regardless of reason, but only your highest fourteen (14) homework
scores will count toward your final grade.

Mid-term Examinations: Two closed-book, mid-term exams will be given.
   Exam 1 will cover Chapters 1-4.3 of the textbook and will be given in class on October 1.
   Exam 2 will cover Chapters 4.4-7.4 of the textbook and will be given in class on November 12.

Final Examination: The final exam is mandatory, closed-book, and comprehensive. The exam will be
held during the week of December 16-20.

For each mid-term and final exam, you must bring your PSU student-ID card. You may also bring, if
you wish, a calculator and one 8.5×11 inch one-sided page of handwritten notes.

Grading policy: Overall scores will be calculated using the following scheme:

Assignments and Exams Weight    Date
Homework Assignments 25% Weekly, in class on Tuesdays
Mid-term Exam 1 20% October 1
Mid-term Exam 2 20% November 12
Final Exam 35% December 16-20



Final Grades: Final grades will be determined as follows:
A    : 94-100%,     A- : 90-93%
B+ : 88-89%,       B  : 84-87%,    B- : 80-83%,
C+ : 78-79%,       C  : 70-77%
D    : 60-69%
F    :   0-59%

Course Rules:
1. No "make-up" exams will be given for ANY reason. If you miss an exam, you should provide a valid
reason to the instructor. If the instructor AND the TA both approve your excuse then your missed
exam score will be replaced automatically by your score on the next class exam.
2. No late or make-up homework assignments will be accepted, for ANY reason. (Remember that only
your highest 13 homework scores will count toward your final grade.)
3. Early exams might be allowed, with prior arrangement, for students with direct conflicts due to
other required university activities (chess team, field trip, Blue Band trip, etc.). Obviously, the
director of that program must provide a letter requesting that you be excused from the exam.
4. Students are responsible for all announcements and supplements given within any lecture.
5. Academic Integrity and Mutual Respect: All Penn State University, College of Science, and
Department of Statistics policies regarding ethics, honorable behavior, and mutual respect apply in
this course. These can be found at:

The College of Science's Code of Mutual Respect and Cooperation embodies the values that we hope
our faculty, staff, and students possess and will endorse to make the College of Science a place
where every individual feels respected and valued, as well as challenged and rewarded.
6. If you need to leave class early, please sit in the rear and leave as quietly as possible.
7. Please turn off all electronic devices (cell-phones, pagers, etc.) BEFORE you enter the classroom.


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