MA215 – Probability Theory, Spring 2023
• Final exam on Tuesday, Jun. 13, 8–10 am in Lecture Hall 3 Room 113: Secs. 1.1–6.4.
• Office hours on Thursday, Jun. 8, 10:20 am–12:20 pm or by appointment.
• Assignment 11 due Tuesday, May 30: Sec. 5.4 #16, 17, 18, 26.
• As we learned the law of large numbers, here is a tribute to John Kerrich who flipped a coin 10,000 times while interned during WWII.
• Assignment 10 due Tuesday, May 16: Sec. 4.7 #76, 82, 91, 93.
• Assignment 9 due Tuesday, May 9: Sec. 4.7 #54, 56, 57, 64, 67, 73, 75, 77.
• Assignment 8 due Tuesday, Apr. 25: Sec. 4.7 #18, 23, 30, 31, 49.
• Midterm exam on Tuesday, Apr. 11: Secs. 1.1–3.8.
• Assignment 7 due Tuesday, Apr. 11: Sec. 3.8 #44, 47, 53, 64, 71, 75.
• Assignment 6 due Tuesday, Apr. 4: Sec. 3.8 #19, 20, 23, 24, 30.
• Assignment 5 due Tuesday, Mar. 28: Sec. 2.5 #51, 52, Sec. 3.8 #8, 12, 18.
• Assignment 4 due Tuesday, Mar. 21: Sec. 2.5 #40, 45, 47, 61, 67, 69.
• Assignment 3 due Tuesday, Mar. 14: Sec. 2.5 #2, 10, 11, 20, 23, 26.
• Assignment 2 due Tuesday, Mar. 7: Sec. 1.8 #54, 55, 72, 73, 75.
• Assignment 1 due Tuesday, Feb. 28: Sec. 1.8 #2, 18, 20, 22, 24, 48, 64, 72, 73, 75 (updated Feb. 24).
Instructor
朱一飞 ZHU Yifei
College of Science M705
zhuyf@sustech.edu.cn
Office Hours: Thursdays 10:20 am–12:20 pm
Objectives
This course introduces the basic concepts in probability theory which form the basis for all applications of probability and statistics, and for
further probability and statistical theory including, in particular, stochastic processes. It also introduces the basic probability methods and
techniques with a strong emphasis on applying these standard methods and techniques appropriately and with clear interpretation.
Prerequisites
Mathematical Analysis II (MA102a/MA122) or Calculus II (MA127).
Textbooks
We will be working from the first 6 chapters of John A. Rice's
Mathematical statistics and
data analysis, third edition. There is a
Chinese translation of the
book.
Useful references include Douglas G. Kelly's Introduction to probability and Sheldon Ross's
A first course in
probability.
Exams
There will be one inclass midterm exam, on April 11, and one final exam. Each of these exams is worth 30% of your final grade.
Homework
The assigned problems for each week are due each Tuesday inclass at 8 am, listed on this page. Homework is worth 40% of your final grade. Students
must make arrangements in advance if they will not be handing in homework on time.
We encourage you to discuss homework problems with your classmates, including strategies for solving different kinds of problems. However, when you
actually write up your solutions, you must do this on your own.
