Fall 2016: MTH 201

Math 201, Fall 2016 - Introduction to Probability


Sevak Mkrtchyan
  • 805 Hylan
  • se vak dot mkrt chyan at roc hester dot e d u
  • Office Hours: Mon Wed 4:40-5:10pm, Tues 10:30-11:30am
Mark Herman
  • 808 Hylan
  • mark dot herman at rochester dot edu
  • Office Hours: Tues 12:00-1:30pm and Thurs 10:30am-12:00pm

Class Meetings

Sevak Mkrtchyan
  • MW 3:25-4:40
  • Lattimore 201
Mark Herman
  • MW 2:00-3:15
  • Dewey 2162


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.

Incomplete “I” grades are almost never given. The only justification is a documented serious medical problem or a genuine personal/family emergency. Falling behind in this course or problems with workload on other courses are not acceptable reasons.



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.

A “WeBWorK TA” will be available to answer questions about Webwork homework sets until 5pm on Fridays. Questions received after 5pm may not be answered. There is a button on each problem to email the WeBWorK TA.

The lowest Webwork grade will be dropped.

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 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: www.rochester.edu/college/honesty

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. 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
Jianfei He Thur 3:30-4:30pm at the Lounge of the 9th floor of Hylan
Sangzi Gao Thur 11am-12pm at 2nd floor of Carlson Library
Samuel Polk Wed 10:40-11:40am in Upper ITS
Chuan Shen Thur 2:00-3:00pm in 710 Hylan
Qiaofeng Zhu Tues 2:00-3:00pm in Hylan 717


If you are having difficulty seek help immediately - do not wait until it is too late to recover from falling behind. There are several avenues for you to get help and ask questions, outside of lecture:

Disability Support

If you have an academic need related to a disability, arrangements can be made to accomodate most needs. For information, please contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. To be granted alternate testing accommodations, you (the student) must fill out forms with CETL at least seven days before each and every exam. These forms are not sent automatically. Instructors are not responsible for requesting alternative testing accommodations at CETL, and they are not obligated to make any accommodations on their own.