This course introduces students to the fundamentals and axioms of
probability. Topics covered include combinatorial probability,
conditional probability and independence, probability laws, random
variables, expectation, gambler's ruin, Chebyshev's inequality,
Laws of Large Numbers, and the Central Limit Theorem.
Applications to a variety of fields will be emphasized.
Throughout the course, we shall monitor
The Centre Daily Times
and The New York Times
for articles related to topics covered in the course. We shall
work through the probabilistic
information in such articles so as to relate them to the
subject of the course and to our everyday lives and experiences.
Donald Richards, Instructor
Class Time: TR 1:00 - 2:15 p.m., 104 Thomas Building
Office Hours: R 10:00 - 11:45 a.m., or by appointment
Office: 311 Thomas Building
E-mail: richards stat psu edu
Megan Romer, Teaching Assistant
Office Hours: T 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., or by appointment
Office: 330A Thomas Building
E-mail: Please e-mail under "Communicate" in ANGEL