Instructor Information

Instructor: Geordie Richards
E-mail: g.richards AT
Office: Hylan 1008

Course Information

Click here for the Course Schedule.

Click here for a list of Suggested Problems.

Textbook: A First Course in Probability (9th edition), by Sheldon Ross.

Course Description: An introduction to probability theory. Topics include: probability spaces; combinatorial problems; random variables and expectations; discrete and continuous distributions; generating functions; independence and dependence; binomial, normal, and Poisson laws; laws of large numbers.

Prerequisites: First year calculus (e.g. MTH162) required. Multivariable calculus (e.g. MTH164) recommended.

Homework (20%): Homework (both written and webwork) will be posted on the course website (see below). Written homework will be due in class, on dates to be specified on the assignments. Webwork will be due at 6am on the same day. The assigned problems will be posted, at least, a week ahead of time.

Midterms (40%):

Final (40%): There will be a cumulative final exam worth 40% of your final grade. The final exam will be held on Tuesday, May 5th, from 4-7pm, in Hoyt Hall. You are allowed to bring two 8.5*11 double-sided cheat sheets to the exam, but no calculators. The exam will cover all topics covered in the course. For a summary of topics that could appear, see the list of Suggested Problems. For some old copies of the final exam, see the Old Exams Page. For the final exam, you will be given a copy of the ``Z-table'' (table 5.1) on page 190 of the course textbook.

Grading: Your grade in the course will be based on performance on homework and exams.
  • Homework -- 20%
  • Midterms -- 40% (20% each)
  • Final Exam -- 40%

TA office hours: In addition to instructor office hours (see above), the course TAs will hold weekly office hours starting in the first few weeks, with times/locations to be determined. Check the website for updates.

Math Study Hall: Open Monday through Friday from 5 PM to 8 PM in Hylan 901. The math study hall is staffed by graduate students who will answer your questions on a walk-in basis. This is a good place to work on homework and get help.

Disability Support: If you have an academic need related to a disability, arrangements can be made to accomodate most needs. For information please contact Learning Assistance Services Note: To be granted alternate testing accommodations, you (the student) must fill out forms with LAS at least seven days before each and every exam. These forms are not sent "automatically." Professors are not responsible for requesting alternative testing accommodations at LAS, and they are not obligated to make any accommodations on their own.

Academic Integrity Statement: You are responsible for knowing and abiding by the University of Rochester's academic integrity code. For a complete listing visit the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering's web site . Any violation of academic integrity will be pursued according to the specified procedures.


  • Jan 14

    Homework 0: Webwork HW00. This homework is optional (i.e. not graded), and due on Wednesday, January 28. It is designed to introduce you to webwork.

  • Jan 14

    Homework 1: Webwork HW1. Due (webwork only) on Wednesday, January 28.

  • Jan 21

    Homework 2: Webwork HW2. Due (webwork only) on Wednesday, February 4.

  • March 15

    Homework 7: Webwork HW7. Due (webwork only) on Wednesday, March 25.

  • March 23

    Homework 8: Webwork HW8. Due (webwork only) on Wednesday, April 1.

  • April 18

    Homework 9 (Last Homework): Webwork HW9 and Written HW9. The written component of Homework 9 is due in class on Wednesday, April 29th. The webwork component is due at 11:59pm on the same day.

Announcements and Posted Notes

  • Jan 14

    Notes, news, etc. will occasionally be posted here. Check this website periodically.

  • Jan 22

    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to class size exceeding room capacity, MTH201 has been moved from Gavet 202 to Hoyt Hall. All lectures will be held in Hoyt Hall.

  • Apr 6

    The link to old exams has been updated to include previous versions of Midterm 2.

  • Apr 21

    The link to old exams has been updated to include previous versions of the Final Exam.