STA 4032, Fall 2009

Probability and Statistics-Engineers


Dr. Hongwei Long, office: SE 268, phone: 297-0810, e-mail: 

Course homepage:


Time and Place:

MWF 4:00-4:50pm in ED 337.


Office Hours:

MWF 1:00-3:00pm in SE 268.

Other times by appointment or just stop by the office.



Applied Statistics and Probability for Engineers, 4th Edition, by Douglas C. Montgomery and George C. Runger, ISBN: 0-471-74589-8, John Wiley & Sons, 2007.


Course Description:

This is a first course in probability and statistics for engineers. Topics covered include basic concepts of probability, random variables, discrete and continuous distributions, parameter estimation methods, tests of hypotheses, linear regression, and error analysis.


Course Objectives:

The students will be able to manipulate data, derive statistical distributions, and have the ability to translate to information. Understand central tendency and variability. Be able to perform hypothesis testing and carry out error analysis.



(Undergraduate level MAC 2312 Minimum Grade of C or Graduate level MAC 2312 Minimum Grade of C) or (Undergraduate level MAC 2254 Minimum Grade of C or Graduate level MAC 2254 Minimum Grade of C) or (Undergraduate level MAC 2282 Minimum Grade of C or Graduate level MAC 2282 Minimum Grade of C).



Midterm I

Monday, September 28, 4:00-4:50pm in class. Closed book exam.

Midterm II

Friday, October 30, 4:00-4:50pm in class. Closed book exam.


Monday, December 7, 4:00-6:30pm, location: ED 337. Closed book exam.




We will have 6 biweekly quizzes on scheduled dates (9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/26, 11/20, and 12/2) in class. We will count only the best five of them for the final grade.  Each quiz takes up to 20 minutes and is based on homework problems and examples presented in class.



There will be six biweekly homework assignments, but only the best five of them will count for the final grade. Assignments should be handed in on the due dates (9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/23, 11/18, 11/30). Late assignments will not be accepted.



Grading will be based on the following weighting:

20% Assignments

10% Quizzes

20% Midterm I

20% Midterm II

30% Final exam 

There will be no make-up midterms. If a student has an acceptable excuse for missing the midterms, the weight of the midterms will be shifted to the final. Make-up final exam will be given only under exceptional circumstance, and written, verifiable excuses must be provided



Grading Scale:

0-49%: F, 50-55%: D-, 56-59%: D, 60-62%: D+, 63-65%: C-, 66-72%: C, 73-76%: C+, 77-79%: B-, 80-85%: B, 86-87%: B+, 88-89%: A-, 90-100%: A.



Students are recommended to consult the undergraduate catalog for statements on incomplete grade, academic integrity, classroom etiquette, and advice for Students with Disabilities (OSD).





Last modified: December 1, 2009