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MAT 3701 -- Probability and Statistics I -- Fall 2017

This syllabus is tentative and should not be considered definitive. The instructor reserves the right to modify it to meet the needs of the class. It is the student responsibility to attend class regularly and to make note of any changes. Be sure you check the class website for sections covered on the exams, homework problems and announcements.

Catalog Description

Credit Hours: 3; Basic concepts of probability and Statistics. The fundamental ideas of probability theory and its application to statistics including: data description; counting techniques; sample spaces and probability measures; random variables, distributions and densities; expectation, variance, and covariance; important special distributions and densities; useful functions of random variables.


MAT 2442

  • We will be covering chapters 1 to 6 out of "John E. Freund's Mathematical Statistics with Applications'', 7th edition, by Miller and Miller.
  • As reference, we will be using "Introduction to Probability and Statistics Using R'', 2nd edition by G. Jay Kerns. The book and R code can be found here.
Course Objectives
  • Conceptual understanding
  • Technical proficiency
  • Application
Exam Information

There will be a two exams and a comprehensive final exam. The dates and sections covered will be posted here. Your instructor will grant make-up exams to students for properly verified absences due to illness, emergency, participation in an official University activity, or participation in volunteer emergency work.

Tentative Schedule

  • Week 1: Chapter 1
  • Week 2: Chapter 1
  • Week 3: Chapter 2
  • Week 4: Chapter 2; Exam 1
  • Week 5: Chapter 2
  • Week 6: Chapter 3
  • Week 7: Chapter 3
  • Week 8: Chapter 4
  • Week 9: Chapter 4
  • Week 10: Chapter 4; Exam 2
  • Week 11: Chapter 5
  • Week 12: Chapter 5
  • Week 13: Chapter 6
  • Week 14: Chapter 6
  • Week 15: Chapter 6

Homework and Quizzes

Homework, including R projects, will be assigned weekly and posted on this page. There will also be (pop) quizzes and in-class work which will count towards homework points. Weekly homework assignments will be accepted late, but points will be deducted, as long as the homework set has not been returned to the class. Homework, quiz, and exam scores can be found in D2L . Before attempting the homework problems, you are expected to read the sections carefully. You are strongly encouraged to discuss homework problems with your instructor, use the math tutoring service, and to work with your fellow classmates. However, you are expected to write up your own solutions.

All homework assignments must be typeset in LaTex with the problems in order and organized by section. The first two homework assignments may be handwritten. There will be a LaTex Workshop TBA, more details to come. LaTeX is installed in the computer labs Old Main 3041 and 3013, as well as on all the iMacs in the Media Lab Plus in the library . It may be installed on your laptop, click here for details. You may also use LaTeX online, see Overleaf. Homework template and examples in LaTex, as well as homework, quiz and exam scores, can be found in D2L .

Some homework sets will require computation in "R", a free open statistical software package. ''R'' is installed on the computers in Old Main 3041 and 3014. It may be installed on your laptop, click here for The ''R'' Project and directions on downloading ''R''. You may also use it for free online, click here for the ''R'' online calculator. If you are interested in an integrated deveopment environment, you can also download RStudio .

Most odd problems have solutions in the book. You are encouraged to attempt all of them.
Section Problems Due Dates
HW 1 The Riddler. A new Riddler with solution to previous riddle is posted every Friday 8am EST. Submit one Classic or two Express. Fri 8 Dec
HW 2 Attend a Math/CS event Fri 8 Dec
HW 3 HW Template, in LaTeX and in PDF.
Ch 1: 8, 9, 10, 43, 44, 45, 47, 49, 50, 51.
Fri 1 Sep
Quiz 1 suggested (not collected) factorial, binomial coefficient,
2.1 - 2.4; 2.35 - 2.51 odd
Fri 8 Sep
R HW 1 TBA Submit via D2L. TBA
HW 4 2.5, 2.8, 2.9, 2.11, 2.60, 2.62, 2.68, 2.70, 2.76, 2.78 Fri 15 Sep
Exam 1 The exam will cover ch1 and ch 2 up to section 2.7. Wed 20 Sep
R HW 2 Submit via D2L. Wed 27 Sep
Quiz 2 Bayes Theorem; review (not collected) 2.97 - 2.111 odd Fri 29 Sep
HW 5 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.9, 3.10, 3.13, 3.14, 3.84, 3.88 Fri 6 Oct
Quiz 3 Statistics and the Law; Introduction; Bayesian Approach Wed 11 Oct
Quiz 4 suggested (not collected) Ch 3 #'s 1,5,9,11, 17-37 odd; Ch 4 #'s 1-11 odd, 17, 19, 21, 23, 61, 63, 65, 69, 71 Fri 20 Oct
Exam 2 2.8, 3.1-3.5, 4.1-4.4; formulas Fri 27 Oct
HW 6 collected: Ch4: 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40; Ch5: 2, 3, 40.
not collected: 4.36, 5.1, 5.4, 5.5
Fri 3 Nov
Quiz 5 Statistics and the Law: Identification Evidence Mon 6 Nov
R HW 3 Submit via D2L. TBA
Quiz 6 Ch 5.1 - 5.6; problems 5.41 - 5.69 odd Fri 10 Nov
Quiz 7 Statistics and the Law: People v. Collins Wed 15 Nov
Quiz 8 Integration and Differentiation Fri 17 Nov
HW 7 Ch 5 #'s 5, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 28, 33, 74, 80 Sat 18 Nov
Quiz 9 Statistics and the Law: Discrimination Cases Wed 29 Nov
Quiz 10 6.50 - 6.58, 6.62 - 6.73 Fri 1 Dec
Course Grade

Your course grade will be determined using the following distributions:

    Exam 1 20%
    Exam 2 20%
    HW/Quizzes 30%
    Final Exam 30%
    Total 100%

You are guaranteed a grade of:

    Aif you earn at least 90%.
    Bif you earn at least 80%.
    Cif you earn at least 70%.
    Dif you earn at least 60%.

Students are expected to attend class meetings as scheduled. When an absence does occur, the student is responsible for the material covered during the absence. When possible, the student should notify the instructor in advance of an anticipated absence.

Course and Instructor Evaluations

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Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

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Academic Dishonesty

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Student Success Center

Students who are having difficulty achieving their academic goals are encouraged to contact the Student Success Center. The center provides individualized consultations for assistance with time management, test taking, note taking, avoiding procrastination, setting goals, and other skills to support academic achievement.

Take Care of Yourself

Diminished mental health, including significant stress, mood changes, excessive worry, or problems with eating and/or sleeping can interfere with optimal academic performance. The source of symptoms might be related to your course work; if so, please speak with me. However, problems with relationships, family worries, loss, or a personal struggle or crisis can also contribute to decreased academic performance. Know that help, if needed, is available.

EIU provides cost-free mental health services through the Counseling Center to help you manage personal challenges that threaten your personal or academic well-being. Visit them on the first floor of the Human Services Building, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am-4:30 pm. You may also contact them at 217-581-3413. For after-hours emergencies, contact their emergency number at 217-549-6483.

If you are uncomfortable seeking on-campus services, LifeLinks in Mattoon offers mental health services. Although they charge fees for some services, they have a no-cost toll free Crisis Line (866-567-2400); when a caller phones the toll free number, they are immediately connected to a trained crisis clinician. There is no cost for this service, and it is available 365 days per year, 24 hours per day.

Remember, getting help is a smart and healthy thing to do - for yourself and for your loved ones.