Syllabus for MA 421  Section 001, Fall 2014, Room 2102 SAS Hall, 11:20--12:10

1.   Instructor:  Jack W. Silverstein
Office:  4214 SAS Hall
Office Hours:  Mon. Wed. Fri. 1:00-2:00
Phone Number:  919 515 7864
E-mail address:

First exam from summer '14

Second exam from summer '14

The solid associated with problem 26

Third exam from summer '14

Final exam from summer '14

2.  Goals and Objectives:

      To provide students in mathematics, statistics, engineering, and
      the sciences with an understanding of probability theory as a mathematical
      subject, and how it can be used to model and analyze random phenomena.

3. Textbook:

    A First Course in Probability, Eighth Edition by Sheldon Ross,
    2008, Prentice Hall, ISBN-13: 978-0136033134
    For price, call NCSU bookstore at 919-515-2161

4. Topics and estimated days allocated to each topics:

    Chapter    1.     Combinatorial Analysis                    (3 days)
    Chapter   2.     Axioms of Probability                       (5 days)
    Chapter   3.     Conditional Probabiliity                    (6 days)
                                  and Independence
    Chapter   4.     Random Variables                              (6 days)
    Chapter   5.     Continuous Random Variables           (5 days)
    Chapter   6.     Jointly Distributed Random               (5 days)
    Chapter   7.     Properties of Expectation                   (5 days)
    Chapter   8.     Limit Theorems                                  (3 days)

   Final exam given on Friday December 12, 8--11.

5. Tentative schedule of reading assignments

    Students are expected to read sections of the text at the same
    time they are covered in class.

6. Tentative schedule of homework due dates, quizzes and tests

    Homework is assigned almost every day.

    Three exams, the date for each to be given over one week in advance.

7. Determination of grades: + and - system will be used.

      Each of the three exams will count 25% each. The final exam will also count 25%.

      Attendance:    Required

8. Policy on incomplete grades and late assignments:

    Incomplete grades will not be given. 

9. Policy on absences (excused and unexcused) and scheduling makeup work:

The attendance policy is consistent with the Academic Regulations which can be found at (link)
10. Course Prerequisites / Restrictive Statements:
More information is available at : (link)
11. Academic Integrity Statement:
Students are expected to follow university guidelines available at (link)

In addition, the following clarifications are used in this course:

12. NC State policy on working with students with disabilities:
Information can be found at (link)

In addition, the following clarifications are used in this course:

13. Statement on laboratory safety or risk assumption in courses requiring physical activity or field trips:
14. Statement on "pass-through" charges e.g. , lane rental at bowling alley, field trip costs, etc.:
Further Information:
NCSU Academic Regulations can be found at (link)