Spring 2016: MTH 201

Math 201, Spring 2016 - Introduction to Probability


Carl Mueller
Hylan 802
ca rl dot e dot mu ell er at roch es ter dot e d u
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday 1:00-2:30
Geordie Richards
Hylan 1008
gr ich ar 5 at ur dot roc hester dot e d u
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00-5:00

Class Meetings

Professor Time Place
Carl Mueller MW 10:25-11:40 B&L 106
Geordie Richards MW 2:00-3:15 Gavett 310


Introduction to Probability Lecture Notes by David F. Anderson, Timo Seppalainen and Benedek Valko

Note: The textbook is available as a PDF file; ask your professor.


Math 161 and 162 or the equivalent. Math 164 will help in some parts of the course but is not essential.


The final will consist of two parts, covering material before and after the second midterm. The first part of the final can make up for a bad midterm score.


Webwork sets will be due Saturdays at 11:00pm, starting at the end of the second week of the course. Set 0 does not count for the grade; it is a practice set to get you familiar with Webwork, and it is due on Saturday at the end of the second week. No late submissions will be allowed under any circumstances.

A TA will be available to answer questions about Webwork homework sets until 8:00pm on Saturdays. Questions received after 8pm may not be answered.

The lowest Webwork grade will be dropped.

Written Homework

Written homework will be due Wednesdays in class.
No late submissions will be allowed under any circumstances.

The lowest written homework grade will be dropped.


First Midterm
Thursday, February 18
8:00am - 9:15am
Hoyt Hall
Covers through section 2.5
Solutions to midterm 1
Last semester’s midterm 1, with solutions
Second Midterm
Thursday, March 24
8:00am - 9:15am
Hoyt Hall
Solutions to midterm 2
Last semester’s midterm 2, with solutions
Final Exam
Solutions to the final
Monday, May 2
7:15pm - 10:15pm
Lower Strong
2012 Practice Final
2012 Practice Final Solutions
Fall 2014 Final
Fall 2014 Final Solutions
Spring 2015 Final
Spring 2015 Final Solutions
Fall 2015 Final Solutions

Academic honesty

All assignments and activities associated with this course must be performed in accordance with the University of Rochester’s Academic Honesty Policy.

TA office hours

In addition to recitations and instructors’ office hours, our TAs will also hold office hours where you can ask any questions related to the course material. Office hours can be especially useful if you take the initiative by identifying topics that are giving you trouble and formulating good questions.

TA Office Hours Place
Martin Snow Mon 11:30-1:30 Hylan 708
Yang Xu Thurs 3:30-5:00 Hylan 1106B
Ugur Yigit Fri 10:00-12:00 Hylan 713


If you run into trouble in the course, there are several sources of help. You can form a study group with your friends, since talking about the material is an excellent way to increase your understanding. You can attend the office hours listed above. There are also resources in the math department and at the university level. Math study hall is in Hylan 1104 Mon-Tues and Thurs-Fri from 5-8, and Wednesdays from 5-7.



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