Course Information for Stat 3021
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Spring Semester, 2019
Lectures: 10:10 AM - 11:00 AM, MWF
Room: 101 Fraser Hall, TCEASTBANK

Course website:
Instructor: Tiefeng Jiang.


Phone: 612-624-3850.

Office Hours: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm Mon. and Wed. at Ford Hall 365.

TA: Greg Hilleren (;
Office Hours: 3:30-4:30pm on Tue. and 1:30-2:30pm on Thur. at Ford Hall 495.
Lab 010: Thur 10:10 AM - 11:00 AM at Ford Hall 150.
Lab 011: Thur 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM at Mechanical Engineering 221.
Lab 012: Thur 12:20 PM - 01:10 PM at Vincent Hall 113.
Lab 013: Thur 09:05 AM - 09:55 AM at Ford Hall 150.
Grader: Fandi Chang ( and Xiaowen Zhang (

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Differential and integral calculus.

Contents : This course includes discrete and continuous probability distributions, and mathematical terms to characterize them. Some of these are mathematical expectations, variances, density functions and moments. Several special distributions such as Binomial distributions and Normal distributions will be introduced.

Textbook: Probability & Statistics, 9th Edition by Walpole, Myers, Myers and Ye.

Homework Assignments:

Homework assignments will be due each Fri. in class. Students can pick up their graded homeworks in the TA session. Homework will count 23% of your course grade. There is a 20% penalty per day for late homework - unless you provide a written medical excuse for not handling in homework on time.
Grading Policies:

Exams: There will be two midterms and a final in this course. These will be closed book but you will be allowed one sheet of paper (8.5 in x 11 in) on which you can write anything you like on both sides (no maginifier is allowed though).

Grading: Your final grade will be determined by a weighted average of homework and examination scores: the homework, each of the two midterms counts 23%, respectively; the final is 31%.

Missing Exams: If you miss a midterm for a legitimately documented reason, such as illness confirmed with a written excuse, the midterm score will be replaced by your final score. If you can not attend the final for a legitimately verifiable reason, you must provide a written excuse to receive an incomplete. See the School of Statistics policy on incompletes below. Otherwise, if you miss the final, you will receive a zero for the exam. Note that social/vacation plans are not legitimate reasons for missing an exam.

Incompletes: According to U of M grading policies, ``The I shall be assigned at the direction of the instructor when, due to extraordinary circumstances, the student was prevented from completing the work of the course on time. The assignment of an I requires a written agreement between the instructor and student specifying the time and manner in which the student will complete the course requirements during the student's next period of enrollment.'' In this course an I grade will be given only in cases of extreme hardship. Poor performance in the course is not grounds for an incomplete.

Examination Dates:

  • Midterm 1: Mon, Feb 25, same meeting time and location as usual.

  • Midterm 2: Mon, Mar. 25, same meeting time and location as usual.

  • Final: 8:00-10:00 a.m., Wed, 05/15, same location as usual.