Syllabus for Math 321, Fall 2017

Course Description

Probability, random variables, sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, regression and correlation

Important Dates

First day of classes is on Wednesday, September 6th.

Last day to add/drop a class online without a fee is on Friday, September 8th.

Last day to add a class with faculty signature is on Thursday, September 14th.

Last day to drop a class (with fee) is on Sunday, October 8th.

Last day to withdraw from a class (with fee) is on Tuesday, October 24th.

Thanksgiving Holiday is on Thursday, November 23rd.

Thanksgiving Holiday is on Friday, November 24th.

Last day of classes is on Thursday, December 14th.

Calculators and Computers

A calculator can be helpful in the course. However, work must always be shown to receive full credit. You will not receive credit for just writing down the answer. Answers are not as important as the process through which an answer is derived.

Mathematics Learning Center

The MLC (GCB 173/177) is a good place for math students to study. Other students will be there working on their math homework, which means its a pretty good place to work together. To make it even better, there are math tutors to help on problems that you or your classmates can't solve.

Additional Help

Seek help if and when you need it! The best time to catch me at my office is during my office hours, or by appointment. Email me to schedule an appointment. Use email to ask me a question!


Attendance is mandatory! Come every day! Your attendance and full participation in this class are required for a satisfactory grade. You are responsible for any material covered during your absence! You must ask other classmates for any hints or help learned in class during your absence! Prolonged absence from class or often arriving to class late will lower a student's grade.

Classroom Decorum.

Late arrival or early departure from class, unless by prior agreement with me, is considered to be disruptive classroom behavior. Conversation between students during presentations is considered disruptive behavior. If you find that you are distracted during classroom presentations by disruptive behavior of any sort, please talk with me.

Course Goals

The goal of this course is to provide math majors an introduction to the the mathematical study of statistics. Emphasis will rely on the theoretical development of statistics, including definitions, proofs, theorems. Solving problems also plays a prominent role in the class.

Instructional Methods

The primary instructional method will be lecture and discussion, where the initial portion of the class is available for questions. Secondary methods include homework, problem sets, quizzes, and written exams, as well as solutions to selected assignments. Tertiary methods may include class handouts, student board work, graphing calculators, and computer statistical software. Students are encouraged to ask questions of the instructor at his office if time is not available in class.

Homework and Quizzes

Homework is given in two forms:

Suggested homework is not collected, but Problem Sets will be due approximately weekly. Note that the back of your book gives answers to the problems. Don't forget that full solutions are more important.


The tests will be in the the Testing Center, except for the final, which will be in our classroom. Students who fail to take an exam during the scheduled time may only take a make-up exam for full credit if previous arrangements were made with the instructor or under extenuating circumstances. Make-up exams are rarely given. Note that class is not held during exam times; hence, the scheduled class time may be used to take exams. Under no circumstances will the lowest exam score be dropped. A schedule of the exams is on the calendar for section 1.

Exam Material covered
1 Chapter 1, 2
2 Chapter 3, 4
3 Chapter 5, 6, 9.1-9.2, 8.1-8.2
4 Chapter 7.1-7.7, 8.3-8.4
Final comprehensive

Final Exam Policy

School policy dictates: "Final exams are to be offered on the specific day and time as determined by the official university exam schedule. Students must plan travel, family visits, etc., in a way that will not interfere with their final exams. Less expensive air fares, more convenient travel arrangements, family events or activities, and any other non-emergency reasons are not considered justification for early or late final exams.'' Exceptions to this policy are as follows and should be submitted in writing to the Dean of the college or school as soon as possible:

Grading and Evaluation

Your course grade will be based on exams, a final, and quizzes. Exams will be worth 70% of the course grade, problem sets will be worth 20% of the grade, and the remaining 10% in quizzes. Letter grades will be assigned as follows:

A 93-
A- 90-93
B+ 87-90
B 83-87
B- 80-83
C+ 75-80
C 70-75
C- 65-70
D 55-65
D- 50-55
F Below 50

Statements for Course Syllabii

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Disability Services
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Email address:
*The Coordinator for Students with Special Needs is Leilani Auna.

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