Probability STAT 134, Section 2, Fall 2008

Important Note:
The final exam is on Friday, December 19th, 8-11 am. Do not sign up for this course if you cannot take the final exam at the scheduled time!

Class Timings :  MWF 9-10 am, 3108 Etcheverry.
Web page :  http://stat.berkeley.edu/~nayan/STAT134/index.html
Text : Probability, by Jim Pitman, Springer-Verlag.

Office Hours: Friday 10/12 3-5 pm, Sunday 10/14 3-4.30, Evans 325
Syllabus and Notes

Instructor :  Nayantara Bhatnagar (email: nayan @ stat.berkeley.edu)
Office Hours :
Wednesday 10am-12 pm, at the Student Learning Center.
GSIs: Derek Bean (OH:
Thurs. 9-11am in Room 387 Evans), Jonathan Grib (OH: )

Study Groups Meetings at SLC: Emmanuel Fua will lead the study groups.
Students are encouraged to attend the group meetings at the Learning Center. Other services at the center, including drop-in-tutoring and exam reviews are also recommended.

Midterm 1: Mon, 22 Sept, 2008, Chapters 1, 2.
Midterm 2: Fri, 21 Nov, 2008 , Chapters 3-5.3.
Final: Fri, 19 Dec, 2008, 8-11 am, Chapters 1-6.
No make up Final/Midterm will be given.
No one may take the Midterm/Final exam early.

Grading: The maximum of  (20% HW, 30% midterms, 50% final) and (20% HW, 10% midterms and 70% final).

Homework: Home work will be assigned and due weekly. There will be problems to be turned in invidually and in groups of 3-4. Expect to read the text and work on problems throughout the semester. You cannot study for this course at the last minute! You should be spending about 4-5 hours weekly solving problems assigned in class and on your own.

Individual problems are to be solved and written up with no consultation. Group problems are to be discussed, solved and written up by your group, one writeup per group.

All problems are from Probability, by Pitman and are in Chapter.section[Problems] format.
1. Aug 29, due Sep 5. Individual: 1.1[8,10], 1.2[4], 1.3[12, 14], 1.4[6], 1.5[5,7], 1.6[7].
Group: 1.3[13, 15], 1.5[8].
2. Sep 5, due Sep 12. Individual: 1.3[10,11], 1.4[7], 1.5[4], 1.6[5,6,8].                               Group: 1.Review[13,16]
3. Sep 12, due Sep 22. Individual: 2.1[8,10], 2.2[2,12], 2.4[2,6], 2.5[6,8],                          Group: 2.1[15], 2.5[12]
4. Sep 22, due Sep 29. Individual: 3.1[6,10,12,18,20], 3.2[6,8,12,14], 3.3[2,4]
5. Oct 1, due Oct 8. Individual: 3.3[8,10,22,26,28,30], 3.4[6,10,20,22],3.5[4]
6. Oct 10, due Oct 17. Individual:  3.4[7,11,24 a)-b)-c)], 3.5[2,11,17]                                   Group: 3.4[15,18], 3.5[18]
7. Oct 17, due Oct 24. Individual  3.Review[7,20,22],  4.1[4,5,12,14],  4.2[2,4,8]
8. Oct 24, due Oct 31. 4.1[9,13], 4.2[5,13,15], 4.4[2,4,6]
9. Oct 31, due Nov 10, 4.4[5,11], 4.5[2,3,4,6]
10. Nov 7, due Nov 14,  4.Review[15,16,18,24], 5.1[3,5,6,7], 5.2[1,4]
11. Nov 14, due Nov 21, 5.2[2,5,10,12,14,16], 5.3[4,8,12]
12. Nov 24, due Dec 1, 5.Review[12,20,22],  6.1[5,6,8],  6.2[1,2,4,6,8,12]
13. Dec 1, due Dec 8, 6.3[5,9,10(a,b),13], 6.4[6,8,10]
Practice Final

Practice problems:
Some exams from Professor Pitman's old courses are here.
Notes and problems on Chapters 4 and 5 here.
Solutions to the quiz are here.

Lecture plan by week: The following is an approximate plan and may change. The exact dates for the midterms may be changed.

Week Dates Chapters
1 Aug 27-29
1.1, 1.2, 1.3
2 Sept 3-5
1.4, 1.5, 1.6
3
Sept 8-12
2.1, 2.2
4
Sept 15-19
2.4, 2.5

Monday, Sept 22
Ch 1,2
5
Sept 24-26
3.1, 3.2
6
Sept 29-Oct 3
3.2, 3.3
7 Oct 6-10
3.4, 3.5
8 Oct 13-17
4.1, 4.2
9 Oct 20-24
4.4, 4.5
10 Oct 27-31
5.1, 5.2
11 Nov 3-7
5.3, 5.4
12
Nov 12-14
6.1, 6.2
13 Nov 17-19
6.2, 6.3

Friday, Nov 21
Ch 3-5.3
14 Nov 24-26
6.3
15 Dec 1-5
6.4, 6.5