MATH4008-001 Spring 2021

Introduction to Probability

Course Format: Online Synchronous M-W-F 11:15am-12:10 on Webex

Homework to be collected via Canvas

Course Info

Instructor: Wlodek Bryc Office Hours
Textbook: A Probability Course for the Actuaries by Marcel B. Finan (local copy)
You may also read the corresponding material from Sheldon Ross A First Course in Probability (9th Edition) Pearson, ISBN-13: 978-0321794772 or ISBN-10: 032179477X which was used in Fall 2020.

Exams and important dates

No makeups!

Grading

Homework/Quizzes 10%, Class Participation (Polls) 10%, Exams 25% each, Final 30%
Course Ave = .2 Hwk and Quiz Ave % + .5 Exams ave % + .3 Final exam %

Grading scale: Course Ave above 93% is A, 90% is A-, 80% is B-, 70% is C-, 60% is D-.

Withdrawal policy: You will need to take at least one Poll to confirm your participation in the class.

Course description

This course is an introduction to mathematical probability suitable as preparation for actuarial science, statistical theory, and mathematical modeling. Topics include: review of general probability rules, conditional probability and Bayes theorem, discrete and continuous random variables, standard discrete and continuous distributions and their properties, with emphasis on moments and moment generating functions, joint, marginal and conditional distributions, transformations of variables, order statistics, and the central limit theorem. Includes practice for the SOA/CAS Actuarial Exam P/1. Credit Level:U Credit Hrs:3 Pre-req: See your college advisor for details. Baccalaureate Competency: Critical Thinking.

How to write homework solutions

For homeworks to be turned in:

Homework

If the assigned homework is too challenging, try to solve first the easier/earlier problems as a warmup.
Week ofMaterialProblemsSimilar from RossRemarks
Jan 11 Ch 1, Ch 2 1.2.3, 1.2.5-1.2.7, 1.2.9, 1.2.14, 1.2.17, 1.2.21-1.2.23, 2.1.19, 2.1.20, 2.2.18, 2.2.20 2.3.10, 2.3.17, Ross: 1.1-1.5  
Jan 18Ch 4 4.1.4, 4.1.14, 4.1.15, 4.1.17, 4.1.21-4.1.23 4.2.6-4.2.17, 4.3.8, 4.3.9, 4.3.18-4.3.20 Ross: 2.1-2.5 (no class on Monday)
Jan 25Ch 5 5.1.1-5.1.3, 5.1.17, 5.1.18, 5.2.1-5.2.9, 5.2.12-5.2.21, 5.3.2-5.3.4, 5.3.8, 5.3.15-5.3.20 Ross: 3.1-3.5 
Feb 1Ch 6 6.1.4, 6.1.8, 6.1.17-6.1.19, 6.2.17, 6.2.18, 6.3.2, 6.3.9, 6.3.14, 6.3.20, 6.3.21, 6.4.5, 6.4.6, 6.4.19, 6.5.1, 6.5.2, 6.5.19, 6.5.20 Ross: 4.1-4.5  
Feb 8 7.1-7.6 7.1.20, 7.2.4-7.2.6, 7.2.20, 7.2.21 7.3.2, 7.3.9, 7.4.8-7.4.10, 7.4.15, 7.4.19-7.4.24, 7.5.9, 7.6.9, 7.6.18-7.6.22 Ross: 4.6-4.9  
Feb 157.7, 7.8 Review, Exam 1 7.7.7, 7.7.13, 7.7.21, 7.8.19-7.8.21 Ross: 4.8, 4.9  
Course checkpoint. The topics below may need adjustment to match the actual pace of the course
Week ofMaterialProblemsMaterial from RossRemarks
Feb 22Ch 8, 9.1-9.6 8.1.16, 8.1.17, 9.1.10-9.1.13 9.1.19-9.1.23 9.2.8-9.2.17 9.3.5, 9.3.8, 9.3.9 9.4.14-9.4.24, 9.5.7-9.5.9, 9.5.13-9.5.17, 9.5.21-9.5.27, 9.6.7, 9.6.14-9.6.23 Ross: 4.10, 5.1-5.4 
Mar 1 9.7-9.10 9.7.6, 9.7.7, 9.8.8-9.8.32, 9.3.7, 9.9.10, 9.9.11, 9.10.9-9.10.13, 9.10.21 Ross: 5.5-5.7 
March 8 10.1-10.4 10.1.5, 10.1.7-10.1.11, 10.2.4-10.2.20, 10.3.9-10.3.15, 10.3.18-10.3.20, 10.4.1, 10.4.3, 10.4.4 Ross: 6.1, 6.2, 6.6 
March 1510.5, 10.6 Review, Exam 2 10.5.5, 10.5.13-10.5.15, 10.6.13, 10.6.14, 10.6.16, 10.6.19, ... ...  
Course checkpoint. The topics below may need adjustment to match the actual pace of the course
Week ofMaterialProblemsSimilar from RossRemarks
March 22 10.7-10.9 10.7.11, 10.7.13-10.7.15, 10.7.21, 10.7.22, 10.8.8-10.8.18, 10.8.21, 10.9.13, 10.9.14 Ross: 6.3-6.5, 6.7 (No class We, Mar 24)
March 29 11.1-11.4 11.1.11-11.1.25, 11.2.10-11.2.14, 11.2.20-11.2.25, 11.3.6, 11.3.13, 11.4.6, 11.4.8, 11.4.10-11.4.12, 11.4.20-11.4.25 Ross: 7.2, 7.4, 7.5  
April 511.5-11.6 11.5.21-11.5.25, 11.6.1-11.6.3, 11.6.7-11.6.12, 11.6.17-11.6.23 Ross: 7.5.2  
April 12 12.1-12.3 12.1.6, 12.1.13, 12.1.18-12.1.20, 12.2.5, 12.2.7, 12.2.8, 12.2.16, 12.2.17, 12.2.21-12.2.26 12.3.10-12.3.23 Ross: 7.7, 7.8, 8.3 
April 19 Review ... Final Exam: Th, Apr 22

Alternative homework from Ross from Fall 2020 class of Dr. M. Peligrad

P=problem T=Theoretical exercises.

Classroom Procedures/Policies

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Academic Integrity Policy

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Academic Integrity Policies for Spring 2021

Allowed

All assignments, homeworks, projects, exams, quizes are open book and open notes. However, in this class we want to learn how to solve questions in a timely manner, so do not over-rely on these resources.

You may discuss your homeworks or projects with other students, provided any help you received is described and acknowledged in your submission, and you did not merely copy their work.

Disallowed

You may not communicate with other people while taking online quizzes or online exams.

You may not submit someone's work.

Presenting some else work as your own, whether you paid for it, got it for free, or just found somewhere, is simply not acceptable. In particular, you may not hire others to take your exams for you, or to purchase your submissions. Submitting as your own a work done by a tutor also falls under plagiarism and is not acceptable.


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