Math 5010 Spring 2016


Instructor: Arjun Krishnan

Class time and place: 6.00 - 7.30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in LCB 215.

Office Hours: 03.00 - 04.00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in JWB 209 or by appointment.

Office Location: JWB 209

Email address:

Text: Freely available notes written by Davar Khosnevisan and Firas Rassoul-Agha. Here’s a link to the pdf. Note that the pdf must say “Last scribed on Oct 3, 2014”.

Also recommended, but not necessary:

Course Information: Math 5010, Introduction to Probability is a 3-unit semester long course.

Prerequisite: “C” or better in (MATH 2210 OR MATH 1260 OR MATH 1280 OR MATH 1321 OR MATH 3140). Satisfies Quant Reason(Math & Stat/Log) & Quant Intensive BS.

You need a solid knowledge of Calc I, II, and III. You ought to be comfortable with doing double integrals. We will do a fair bit of proof writing, so it will be useful to have seen some basic proof techniques before; but this is not absolutely necessary.

Course Description: Meets with MATH 6805. Combinatorial problems, random variables, distributions, independence and dependence, conditional probability, expected value and moments, law of large numbers, and central limit theorems.

Homework: Homework will be out of the lecture notes. Every week we will cover about two chapters from the notes. There are homework problems at the end of the chapter, and you are expected to do them. However, homework will be not be collected or corrected. Most of the exercise are from the book by Robert Ash, called Basic Probability. There is an electronic copy (free) at the author’s website. Almost all of the homework problems are solved in Robert Ash’s textbook.

Quizzes: There will be a quiz every week, almost always at the beginning of class on Monday. The first quiz is on Wednesday Jan 20, on account of MLK day on Jan 18. From then onwards there will be a quiz every Monday, unless I announce that there isn’t one. There won’t be a quiz when there’s a midterm or final that week. The quiz will be about the material covered in the previous week. They will be very similar to the homework.

Midterms and Final: There will be one midterm and one final. They will all be in the same classroom where lecture takes place.

Midterm Mar 2
Final Apr 25

Grading Scheme:

Quizzes 40%
Midterm 20%
Final 25%
Project 15%

I will post the grades on Canvas.

Grading Scale: The grade scale will be the usual:

Letter grade Score Range
A (93-100)
A- (90-92)
B+ (87-89)
B (83-86)
B- (80-82)
C+ (77-79)
C (73-76)
C- (70-72)
D+ (67-69)
D (63-66)
D- (60-62)
E (0-59)

I’m not opposed to curving, but I’ll most likely make a linear shift.

Tutoring Lab: T. Benny Rushing Mathematics Student Center (adjacent to JWB and LCB), Room 155

8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday

They are also offering group tutoring sessions. If you’re interested, inquire at the Tutoring Lab.

Private Tutoring: University Tutoring Services, 330 SSB (they offer inexpensive tutoring). There is also a list of tutors at the Math Department office in JWB233.

Computer Lab: You may find computers to use in the T. Benny Rushing Mathematics Student Center, Room 155C.

8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday

More info can be found here.

Online Grades: I will post the grades on Canvas.

Calculators: Allowed if it cannot connect to the internet.

ADA Statement: The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in the class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the Center for Disability Services (CDS), 162 Olpin Union Building, 581- 5020 (V/TDD). CDS will work with you and me to make arrangements for accommodations. All information in this course can be made available in alternative format with prior notification to CDS.

Student Responsibilities: All students are expected to maintain professional behavior in the classroom setting, according to the Student Code, spelled out in the Student Handbook. You have specific rights in the classroom as detailed in Article III of the Code. The Code also species proscribed conduct (Article XI) that involves cheating on tests, collusion, fraud, theft, etc. Students should read the Code carefully and know you are responsible for the content. According to Faculty Rules and Regulations, it is the faculty responsibility to enforce responsible classroom behaviors, beginning with verbal warnings and progressing to dismissal from class and a failing grade. Students have the right to appeal such action to the Student Behavior Committee.

Other Policies: All students will be held accountable for knowing these classroom policies. I may make minor changes to the policy. If I do make a change, I will announce it in class and send the change in email.