STA 6444, Fall 2010

Mathematical Probability


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

Course homepage:


Time and Place:

TR 12:30-1:50pm in BU 411.


Office Hours:

TR  2:00-4:30 pm  in SE 268.

Other times by appointment or just stop by the office.



A Probability Path, by Sidney I. Resnick, Birkhauser, Boston, Basel, Berlin, 1999.


Course Description:

This course will provide an introduction to the rigorous mathematical treatment of probability theory. Topics covered include construction of probability spaces, random variables, independence, integration and expectation, convergence concepts, laws of large numbers, convergence in distribution, characteristic functions and central limit theorem (Chapters 1-9 of the textbook).


Prerequisites:  STA 4442.



Take-home midterm

Tentatively October 5-12


Thursday, December 2, 10:30am-1:00pm, location: BU 411. Closed book exam.




There will be about six homework assignments. These will involve using methods presented in class to solve problems from the textbook. Assignments should be handed in on the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted.



Grading will be based on the following weighting:

30% Assignments

30% Midterm exam

40% Final exam 

There will be no make-up midterm. If a student has an acceptable excuse for missing the midterm, the weight of the midterm 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:

The grading scale will be A: 90-100%, B: 80-89%, C: 70-79%, D: 60-69%, F: 0-59%.


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.



Word and PDF files

Homework Assignments

           Assignment 1

           Assignment 2

           Assignment 3

           Assignment 4

           Assignment 5




Last modified: November 3, 2010