Math 318, Jan-Apr 2020, Geoffrey Schiebinger

The Course Outline contains information about text, topics, grading.

Office hours

Office hours in Math 118: Mon 3:00-3:50, Tues 11:00 - 11:50, and Fri 1:00 - 1:50 or by appointment (email me).
There are TAs available in the Mathematics Learning Centre whenever the MLC is open. The schedule showing when TAs knowledgeable about probability are available is posted on the MLC website.

Regular office hours will cease on the last day of class and extra office hours will be announced in advance of the final exam.


Assignment 1 (out Jan 8, due Jan 15) Solutions
Assignment 2 (out Jan 15, due Jan 22) Solutions
Assignment 3 (out Jan 22, due Jan 29) Solutions
Assignment 4 (out Jan 29, due Feb 5) Solutions
Midterm 1 Solutions
Assignment 5 (out Feb 13, due Feb 26) Solutions
Assignment 6 (out Feb 28, due March 4) Solutions
Assignment 7 (out March 5, due March 13) Solutions
Assignment 8 (out March 13, due March 20) Solutions
Midterm 2 Solutions
Assignment 9 (out March 27, due April 3) Solutions

On tests and the final exam you will be provided with these tables.

Exams from past years are available here.

Fun reading

Interesting animations demonstrating the central limit theorem.

An article on Markov and the origins of the theory of Markov chains, by Brian Hayes.

A good reference for random walks is the book: Random Walks and Electric Networks by Doyle and Snell.

Recommended, fun, and accessible general reading about probability: Struck by Lightning by J.S. Rosenthal, and The Improbability Principle by D.J. Hand.

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