wperkins3@math.gatech.edu
Office: Skiles 017
Office Hours: Tu / Th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, or by appointment
A useful accompanying book of exercises: One Thousand Exercises in Probability
Your grade will be determined by mastering the 8 course topics listed above. Grading is very simple: if you master all 8, you get an A; 6 or 7 a B; 4-5 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 (and knowing some specific examples); understanding why each of its conditions is necessary (and knowing 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.
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 (including the homework!) I encourage you to work together.
I will assign homework every two weeks. I encourage you to work on the problems alone at first, then check answers with each other, and explain the parts you don't understand to each other. You can use the piazza discussion site to do this. I will not collect or grade the homework, but I expect you to finish and understand all of the problems. You will need to understand all the solutions to pass the oral quizzes.
Please read the rules carefully. I've designed them to encourage you to keep up with the course, while still allowing you to re-learn material you might have missed on a previous quiz or test.
In addition to the textbook, I will post lecture notes and occasional videos for the topics that aren't covered in the book. You will be responsible for knowing anything that we cover in class, whether or not it is in the textbook, but not responsible for the parts of the book that we don't cover in class.
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:
Sections 1.2 - 1.3. Some additonal notes
Section 5.6. Useful notes by Antonio Sa Barreto
Sections 2.1, 2.3, 2.5
Sections 1.4 - 1.5
Sections 3.3, 3.4, 5.6
Sections 3.9, 3.10
Section 7.2
Sections 7.3, 7.4, 7.5
Sections 5.1, 5.7-5.9
Section 5.10
Topics 1-4
Section 5.11
Sections 6.1 - 6.3
Sections 5.4, 6.7
Sections 7.7, 7.9
Section 7.8
Sections 6.4, 6.6
Section 6.14
Topics 5-8
Section 6.8, 6.13
2:50 - 5:40 pm, Skiles 169