Summary: Math 431 Introduction to the Theory of Probability
Lecture 1 Spring 2011
Time and place: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM, Van Vleck B115.
Instructor: David Anderson
Office: 617 Van Vleck
Office Phone: 263-4943
Course webpage: http://www.math.wisc.edu/anderson/431S11/431S11.html
I will use the class email list to send out corrections, announcements, etc. Please check your
wisc.edu email regularly.
Office Hours: Mondays, 10:30 - 11:30 AM, Thursdays, 10:45 - 11:45AM, and by appointment.
Textbook: A First Course in Probability, 8th ed., by Sheldon Ross. You may also use the 7th
(or older) edition if you would like; however it is then solely your responsibility to make sure you
are completing the correct homework assignment, which will be assigned out of the 8th edition.
Course Content: Math 431 is a first course in probability theory, which is the branch of math-
ematics that handles random phenomena. We will cover chapters 18 of the text.
Prerequisites: A strong understanding of calculus is necessary. Also, a higher level of "mathe-
matical maturity" is required than was in calculus. Probability is typically difficult for students
in the beginning of the course and a strong dedication is required.
Exams: There will be two midterm examinations and a final. Each one of the two midterm exams