Spring 2017: MTH 201

Introduction to Probability


Jong Jun Lee
E-mail: jlee263 at ur dot rochester dot edu
Office: Hylan 817
Lectures: MW 1025-1140 in B&L 106
Office Hours: MW 12:00 pm- 01:30 pm
Jie Zhong
E-mail: jie.zhong at rochester dot edu
Office: Hylan 1008
Lectures: MW 1400-1515 in GAVET 202
Office Hours: MWF 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


You can enroll and discuss on problems with your classmates.


Introduction to Probability Lecture Notes by David F. Anderson, Timo Seppalainen and Benedek Valko

Note: The textbook is not available to the general public yet. You can obtain an electronic copy from the Math 201 site in your blackboard account.


Math 161 and 162 or the equivalent. Math 164 will help in some parts of the course but is not essential.


10% Webwork + 10% Written Homework + 20% First Midterm + 20% Second Midterm + 40% Final

The final will consist of two parts. Part A will cover the material tested in both Midterms 1 & 2, while Part B will only contain questions related to material appearing after Midterm 2. Part A accounts for 15% of your course grade and Part B accounts for 25% of your course grade. In addition, the part A score will replace the lowest midterm score (but not both) if it is indeed higher. You may NOT use calculators, books, or notes on any exams. You will NOT be permitted a “cheat sheet” for exams. No Makeup Exams will be given for any reason. If you miss a midterm exam, then part A of the final exam will count as your makeup. Final Part A can only replace one midterm score, however.


First Midterm
Thursday, February 23
Sections 1.1-2.4
Second Midterm
Thursday, March 30
Sections 2.5-4.3
Final Exam
Monday, May 8


Webwork sets will be due Friday at 11:59pm, starting at the end of the second week of the course. Set 00 does not count for a grade; it is a practice set to get you familiar with Webwork. No late submissions will be allowed under any circumstances.

Written Homework

Written homework will be due Wednesdays in class. No late submissions will be allowed under any circumstances.

The lowest written homework grade will be dropped.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to abide by the University of Rochester Academic Honesty Policy.

Academic misconduct of any kind will be dealt with according to official procedures. This may result in a grade penalty or the assignment of a failing grade. In particular, submission of written work that has been copied from the work of others with or without their knowledge or consent, is plagiarism.

TA office hours

In addition to instructors’ office hours, our TAs will also hold office hours where you can ask any questions related to the course material.

TA Office Hours
Philipp Birklbauer
Tue 11:30am-12:30pm in Hylan 713
Belmiro Galo da Silva
Thr 11am-12pm at Carlson Library 1st floor
Sangzi Gao
Thr 8:30-9:30am at Carlson Library 2nd floor
Samuel Polk
Thr 9:55-10:55am in Upper ITS

Extra Help

Math graduate students are available to answer questions on a walk-in basis in the Math Study Hall, which is open Monday through Friday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM in Hylan 1104.

Here is a list of resources in the math department and at the university level.

Note to Students with Disabilities

It is University of Rochester policy to provide reasonable accommodations to students who have a documented disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, or systemic) that may affect their ability to participate in course activities or to meet course requirements. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the College’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and their instructors for a confidential discussion of their individual need for academic accommodations. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is located in 1-154 Dewey Hall. Staff can be reached by calling 585-275-9049 or through their website.

Please notify your instructor and CETL of any need for accommodations as early as possible. Please note that to be granted alternate testing accommodations, you (the student) must fill out forms with CETL at least seven days before each and every exam.