Instructor: Lubos Thoma | |

Office: Lippitt Hall 101F Tel: 874.4451 | |

Class schedule: TuTh 2.00 - 3:15pm, Bliss Hall 211 |

**Description:**
MTH 451 is an introduction to the mathematical theory of probability
using calculus. Probability theory has a tremendous variety of
applications in all the sciences, including the social sciences,
business and economics, and provides the mathematical foundation for
statistics. It uses a wide variety of mathematical techniques and
concepts, especially elementary set theory, combinatorics, and calculus.
A main goal of this course is that you will be able to read more
advanced material on probability and its applications and go on to
courses in mathematical statistics and stochastic processes.
The class is designed for an audience with quite diverse interests, for
example:
if you are an engineering, science, economics or business
major, probability will be a basic part of your mathematical toolkit;
if you are a secondary math education major, you will most
likely need to take the Praxis content exam, which contains material on
discrete mathematics and probability for which this course is great
preparation;
if you are interested in taking the actuarial exams, this
course is absolutely fundamental.
Finally, probability theory is a fundamental discipline in mathematics
itself and well as the foundation for all of statistics. It can be
entertaining, enlightening and sometimes surprising.

**Prerequisites: **
MTH243.

**Textbook: **
Joseph K. Blitzstein, Jessica Hwang,
Introduction to Probability,
Chapman and Hall/CRC 2014, ISBN 9781466575578.

**Accommodations:**
Any student with a documented disability is welcome to contact me as
early in the semester as possible so that we may arrange reasonable
accommodations. As part of this process, please be in touch with
Disability Services for Students Office at 330 Memorial Union,
401-874-2098 (http://www.uri.edu/disability/dss/).

**Standards of behaviour: **
Students are responsible for being familiar with and adhering to the
published "Community Standards of Behavior: University Policies and
Regulations" which can be accessed in the University Student Handbook.
If you must come in late, please do not disrupt the class.
Please turn off all cell phones, pagers, or any electronic devices.