Math 201, Fall 2015 - Introduction to Probability


Kyle Hambrook
  • 905 Hylan
  • 6-7853
  • k ham bro o at ur dot roch es ter dot e d u
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00-4:00
Sevak Mkrtchyan
  • 805 Hylan
  • 5-9418
  • se vak dot mkrt chyan at roc hester dot e d u
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00
Eyal Neuman
  • 1017 Hylan
  • 5-9427
  • ey aln 13 at gm ail . c o m
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 9:30-11:30

Class Meetings

Sevak Mkrtchyan
  • MW 3:25-4:40
  • Lattimore 201
Eyal Neuman
  • MW 2:00-3:15
  • Dewey 2162
Kyle Hambrook
  • TR 12:30-1:45
  • Goergen 108


You are expected to be in class every day and come prepared to learn and work.


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, covering material before and after the second midterm. The first part of the final can make up for a bad midterm score.


Webwork sets will be due Saturdays at 11:00pm, starting at the end of the second week of the course. Set 0 does not count for the grade; it is a practice set to get you familiar with Webwork, and it is due on Saturday at the end of the first week. No late submissions will be allowed under any circumstances.

A TA will be available to answer questions about Webwork homework sets until 8:00pm on Saturdays. Questions received after 8pm may not be answered.

The lowest Webwork grade will be dropped.

Written Homework

Written homework will be due Wednesdays in class (Mkrtchyan’s and Neuman’s sections) or Thursdays in class (Hambrook’s section). No late submissions will be allowed under any circumstances.

Academic honesty

All assignments and activities associated with this course must be performed in accordance with the University of Rochester’s Academic Honesty Policy. More information is available at:



These will start during the second week of classes. There will be two 1 hour sessions reviewing the week’s material. The material of the two sessions will be the same, so you can attend whichever one suits you. Recitations are optional. Even though you don’t have to come, recitations could be a valuable resource.

TA Time Place
Wending Li Fridays 10:25-11:25 Hylan 105
Wending Li Fridays 11:30-12:30 Hylan 105

TA office hours

In addition to recitations and instructors’ office hours, our TAs will also hold office hours where you can ask any questions related to the course material. Office hours can be especially useful if you take the initiative by identifying topics that are giving you trouble and formulating good questions.

TA Office Hours
Wending Li Fridays 12:30-1:30, Hylan 1103
Kevin Lin Thursdays, 1:00-2:00, Hylan 1103
Qibin Shen Mondays 11:15-12:15, Hylan 715
Shuhui Shi Thursdays 2:00-3:00, Hylan 718


If you run into trouble in the course, there are several sources of help. You can form a study group with your friends, since talking about the material is an excellent way to increase your understanding. There are also resources in the math department and at the university level. Math study hall is in Hylan 1104 Mon-Tues and Thurs-Fri from 5-8. Wednesdays are 5-7