Introduction to Probability / Fundamentals of Probability
Section 7461/7490 (3 credit hours)
Course Information and Policies
Objectives: The sequence of courses STA 4321-4322 (rep. 5325-5328) provides a
formal and systematic introduction to mathematical statistics for students who have
passed three semesters of standard undergraduate level calculus. STA 4321/5325
introduces the background in probability that is necessary to understand the classical
statistical theory introduced in STA 4322/5328. Major topics include the basic formal
elements of probability, discrete and continuous random variables, multivariate
distributions, distributions of functions of random variables, and fundamental limit
Prerequisite: MAC 2313 (or equivalent third semester calculus course). A wellprepared student should have taken an introductory statistics course, such as STA 2023
or STA 3032.
Please check this site regularly. Most course documents and important information,
including suggested homework exercises and readings, course schedule, practice session
schedules, and special announcements, will be posted there.
Instructor: Kshitij Khare
Office: Griffin-Floyd Hall, Room 208
Email: [email protected]
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Period 5 (11:45 pm – 12:35 pm), NEB 202
Office Hours: Listed on course website and subject to change, particularly in the first
few weeks of class. Special appointments with the instructor may be arranged by mutual
Required textbook: Richard L. Scheaffer & Linda J. Young, Introduction to Probability
and Its Applications, 3rd Edition, Cengage.
Homework: Appropriate textbook readings and suggested textbook exercises will be
posted as the course progresses. You are not expected to submit your answers to the
suggested exercises, but you should solve all of them to thoroughly learn the material
and best prepare yourself for exams. Though you are allowed to work with other
students to solve the suggested exercises and to learn course material in general, please
keep in mind that you will be assessed individually. Answers to selected exercises can be
found near the end of the textbook. Naturally, you will learn best if you attempt to solve
the exercises before consulting the solutions.
Quizzes: There will be approximately nine in-class quizzes, typically scheduled for
Fridays. Each will take place during the final 5 to 10 minutes of class time. No books,
notes or other references may be used during a quiz. All quizzes have equal weight for
grading, but three of your quiz scores will be dropped – whichever three give you the
highest final score in the course, as determined by the instructor. No make-up quizzes
will be offered.
Exams: Four within-term exams are tentatively scheduled:
January 30 – Exam 1
March 27 – Exam 3
February 27 – Exam 2
April 24 – Exam 4
Exams will take place in class for the entire class period. Policies and coverage details
will be announced prior to the date of each exam. All within-term exams have equal
weight for grading, but one of your first three within-term exam scores will be dropped –
whichever one gives you the highest final score in the course, as determined by the
instructor. The fourth within-term exam on April 24 is compulsory (the exam is not
Course Grade: Grading will be based on a composite score: 20% quizzes, 80% withinterm exams.
Final letter grades will be assigned on the University's newly-instituted grading scale
that includes minus-grades. Please familiarize yourself with the new policy related to
this scale and the resulting changes in the grade point equivalences of letter grades.
Details may be found on the following web page:
A grade of incomplete (I) is assigned only in rare cases, such as if you are absent with
extenuating circumstances from the final exam. Extenuating circumstances require
specific, official documentation (eg. a signed excuse note from the Student Health Care
Center). You are eligible for a grade of Incomplete only if you have completed a
significant amount of the graded course work and you are currently passing based on
that work, as determined by the instructor. If you find that you cannot continue the
semester before this point is reached, you should instead seek an administrative
withdrawal. As part of receiving a grade on Incomplete, University policy requires you
to sign a contract with the instructor that specifies a plan and deadline for completing the
Lecture Attendance: Classroom lecture attendance is fully expected, even if not strictly
enforced. You are responsible for learning all material presented during lecture, and any
topic covered in lecture is a potential exam topic (unless otherwise stated).
Academic Integrity: Please familiarize yourself with the Student Honor Code and
Academic Honesty Guidelines outlined in your University of Florida Student Guide and
Reasonable Accommodations: To request classroom accommodation, please be certain
that you have made all necessary arrangements with the Dean of Students Office, and
obtain from them documentation to submit to the instructor at the time of your request.
A request must be made to the instructor at least one week in advance of the date for
which the accommodation is requested.
This course information and policies sheet can be made available in alternative formats
to accommodate print-related disabilities. Contact the instructor for more information.