STA 4442, Spring 2011

Probability and Statistics I


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

Course homepage:


Time and Place:

MW 4:00-5:20pm in GS 108.


Office Hours:

MWF 2:00-3:50pm in SE 268.

Other times by appointment or just stop by the office.



Probability and Statistical Inference, 8th Edition, by Robert V. Hogg and Elliot A. Tanis, ISBN: 0-321-58475-9, Prentice Hall, 2010.


Course Description:

This is a first course in probability. It will cover most of the Chapters 1-5 from the textbook: Probability, Discrete Distributions, Continuous Distributions, Bivariate Distributions, and Distributions of Functions of Random Variables.


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 2282 (Minimum Grade C).



Midterm I

Wednesday, February 16, 4:00-5:20pm in class. Closed book exam.

Midterm II

Wednesday, March 30, 4:00-5:20pm in class. Closed book exam.


Monday, May 2, 4:00-6:30 pm, location: GS 108. Closed book exam.




           We will have 6 biweekly quizzes on the scheduled dates (1/26, 2/9, 3/2, 3/23, 4/6, and 4/20) 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 (1/24, 2/7, 2/28, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18). 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.



Honor Code:

Students at Florida Atlantic University are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards. Academic dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarism, is considered a serious breach of these ethical standards, because it interferes with the University mission to provide a high quality education in which no student enjoys an unfair advantage over any other. Academic dishonesty is also destructive of the University community, which is grounded in a system of mutual trust and places high values on personal integrity and individual responsibility. Harsh penalties are associated with academic dishonesty. For more information, see



Students with Disabilities:

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students who require special accommodations due to a disability to properly execute coursework must register with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) located in Boca Raton-SU 133 (561-297-3880), in Davie-MOD I (954-236-1222), in Jupiter- SR 117 (561-799-8585), or at the Treasure Coast- CO 128 (772-873-3305), and follow all OSD procedures.




Last modified: April 26, 2011