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# Syllabus

Course Syllabus for Fall 2012

###### Math 4240:  Probability

Instructor:                  Dr. Ayman Alzaatreh

Office:                        Clement 105

E-mail:                        alzaatreha@apsu.edu

Website:                     www.apsu.edu/alzaatreha

Office Phone:             (931)-221-1274

Office Hours:              M W F 10-11 Am  Tu Th 11:30-12:30 Pm—other times by appointment

Textbook:                   Mathematical Statistics with Applications 7th Edition by Wackerly,     Mendenhall and Scheaffer.

Course Prerequisite:  One semester of calculus.

Course description:

Math 4240 is mainly about probability and distribution theories. Topics will include probability, discrete and continuous random variables and their distributions, multivariate probability distributions, sampling distributions, expectation and conditional expectation, generating functions and transforms, law of large numbers, and the central limit theorem.

Topics: Materials to be covered are from chapters 2 through 7 of the text plus external notes from the instructor .

Objectives:

• To acquaint the student with the principles of probability and distribution theories.
• To enable the student to recognize statistical problems and the necessity of professional consultation.
• To interest students in studying further in the field of statistics.
• To enable the student to read and understand published statistical research.
• To enable the student to apply their knowledge outside classroom.

Exams and Grading:

The final grade will be based on the following components.

2 Exams                      200 points   (100 points each, expected dates: Oct 8th and Nov 14th)

Quizzes and                100 points

Homework

Attendance                   50 points

Final Exam                   100 points    (Monday, Dec 10th from 8-10 am. The final is comprehensive)

TOTAL                        450 POINTS

General Methodology Used in Conducting the Course:

Lectures, Homework, Quizzes, Exams, Problem Solving.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. It is the student's responsibility to find out what was discussed in a missed class. Attendance will be used to determine grades in borderline cases.

Homework: Homework and Quizzes should be done by the due date, as late homework will not be accepted. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped from the final grades.

Quizzes & Exams: Scheduled quizzes will be given during the regular class hours. No makeup exam will be given unless an acceptable excuse (e.g., a note from a physician in case of student's illness) is given to the instructor. No makeup quiz will be given under any circumstance.

Instructor Website: Course announcements and handouts will be posted regularly on the website www.apsu.edu/alzaatreha.

D2L: Students' grades will be posted regularly on the system. Students should report any discrepancy between Blackboard grades and their papers three weeks before the end of the semester.

WITHDRAWING FROM CLASS: If you withdraw from class by the date listed in the university calendar as the last day to drop a class with a W, F, FN, or FA, you will receive a W. If you withdraw after that date, you will receive an F unless there are unusually extenuating circumstances.

Evaluation:

Grades will be based on the following components:

Letter Grades: The final letter grades will not be worse than the following:

A  90.00% and above         B [80%, 90%)          C [70%, 80%)            D [60%, 70%)           F < 60%

NOTICE:  Any student who has a disability that may affect his/her academic performance is encouraged to make an appointment with me to discuss this matter, or you may contact Disability Services; telephone 221-6230; voice 221-6278; voice tty.

MISC:

-  According to APSU policy # 3:032, minors (any non-student under the age of 18) accompanying staff, faculty, students, or visitor on campus are not permitted in the classroom.

-  Turn off your cell phones before class unless there are special circumstances requiring your phone to be on. No personal computer laptop is allowed during the class.

-  Students are expected to conduct themselves appropriately at all times. Academic and classroom misconduct will not be tolerated. Students must read the “Code of Student Conduct” in the new Student Handbook for an understanding of what will be expected of them within the academic setting.

- The instructor has the right to change any policy in this syllabus.

Welcome and Good Luck!