wperkins3@math.gatech.edu
Office: Skiles 017
Office Hours: Wednesday 10 am - 12pm, or by appointment
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3.1 - 3.3
Chapter 3.4 - 3.5
Chapter 3.8 - 3.9
Chapter 3.6 - 3.7
Chapter 3.10
A useful accompanying book of exercises: One Thousand Exercises in Probability
Your grade will be determined by mastering the 10 course topics listed above. Grading is very simple: if you master 9 or 10, you get an A; 7 or 8 a B; 4-6 a C; 2-3 a D; 0-1 an F.
Mastering a topic means understanding it from all angles. You should understand the definitions, theorems, and examples we've discussed in class. You should be able to apply the theorems and methods to problems you've never seen before (and not just be able to do problems of the same type you've seen). Understanding a theorem means understanding how it can be used (know some examples); understanding why each of its conditions is necessary (and know counterexamples); understand why its conclusion cannot be made more strong.
There will be several ways to demonstrate that you've mastered a topic:
Once you've showed that you've learned a topic, you're done with it for the whole semester. The tests are an indication of where you are and a guide so you don't fall behind. But you are welcome (and encouraged) to pass all of the topics with the oral quizzes whenever you feel you have learned the topics.
Here's link to Georgia Tech's honor code (please read it). It applies to the tests and final exam, but for everything else in the class I encourage you to work together.
We will be using a website called piazza.com as our course discussion site. Sign-up here. I'd like you all to be active on the site, asking questions, answering questions, and helping each other learn the material. Here are some possible uses: