# Probability & Statistics

### Spring 2012

#### Tues / Thurs, 12:05 - 1:25 pm

Instructor

Will Perkins

wperkins3@math.gatech.edu

Office: Skiles 017

Office Hours: Tues. 3:00 - 4:00pm and Thurs. 9:00 - 10:00 am

Assignments
• Homework every other week
• Short, easy quizzes at random
• Midterm 1: February 16
• Midterm 2: April 3
• Optional project
• Final Exam: May 1
References
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Course Information

#### Main Topics of the Course:

1. Basic Probability
2. The Statistical Method
3. Expectation and Variance
4. Law of Large Numbers and the Central Limit Theorem
5. Hypothesis Testing and Confidence Intervals

#### Textbook:

Hogg and Tannis, Probability and Statistical Inference . We’ll cover (parts of) chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7. The textbook will be useful as a reference but will not be absolutely necessary. You will probably be just fine relying on class notes and an occasional visit to the library.

### Course Requirements & Policies:

1. Homework (15%)

We will have 1 homework every 2 weeks. I'll grade it on a scale of 0-5, mainly checking that you did it and checking the correctness of one or two randomly chosen problems. I encourage you to work together on the homework, but each person must submit his/her own written work. You must also write on the first page the names of the other students you worked with. The homework is due at the beginning of class the day it is due. If you will not be at class, you can bring your homework by my office the day before.

2. Quizzes (20%)

There will be roughly 2 short (and easy) quizzes every 3 weeks. They'll have one or two questions only, mainly to make sure you are keeping up with the work and following along. These will only take 5 minutes and be graded on a scale of 0-5. I will drop your three lowest quiz grades, but there will be no makeups. This should be an easy way to improve your grade, and won't require any studying beyond having come to the previous classes (and stayed awake).

3. Midterms (30% in total)

We will have have two midterms, in-class on February 16 and April 3.

4. Project

The project is a chance for you to work in more depth on any topic that interests you. I'll put a list of possible projects on the class webpage, but you are enocuraged to come up with one of your own. You must notify me by March 8 if you want to do a project, and meet with me for approval on your choice of topic.

5. Final Exam (35%)

The final will take place during the scheduled time (May 1, 11:30 am) and cover all of the material from the class.

• Option 1: No project, coursework (homework, quizzes, midterms, final) worth 100%
• Option 2: Project worth 30% of your grade, coursework worth 70%
You must notify me by March 8 which option you choose.