STA 4442, Fall 2007

Probability and Statistics I


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

Course homepage:


Time and Place:

MW 6:30-7:50pm in GS 109.


Office Hours:

MWR 10:00-11:00am and 1:30-2:30pm in SE 268.

Other times by appointment or just stop by the office.



Probability and Statistical Inference, 7th Edition, by Robert V. Hogg and Elliot A. Tanis, ISBN: 0-13-146413-2, Prentice Hall, 2006.


Course Description:

This is a first course in probability. It will cover most of the Chapters 1-5 from the textbook:  Basic Probability, Discrete Distributions, Continuous Distributions, Multivariate Distributions, and The Normal Distribution.


Course Objectives:

The students will be able to understand some basic concepts of probability and to apply the concepts to applied and theoretical problems.


Prerequisites:  MAC 2312 or MAC 2254 (Minimum Grade C).



Midterm I

Monday, October 1, 6:30-7:50pm in class. Closed book exam.

Midterm II

Wednesday, October 31, 6:30-7:50pm in class. Closed book exam.


Monday, December 10, 6:30-9:00 pm, location: GS 118. Closed book exam.




We will have 6 biweekly quizzes on the scheduled dates (9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/29, 11/14, and 12/3) 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 (9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/24, 11/7, 11/28). 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 3, 2007