Math 180A, Introduction to Probability, Fall 2017

Instructor: Jason Schweinsberg (jschwein@math.ucsd.edu)
Lectures: 3:00-3:50 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in York Hall, Room 2722.

Section B01 (12:00-12:50 PM on Tuesdays in Applied Physics and Mathematics, Room 5402), TA: Denise Rava (drava@ucsd.edu)
Section B02 (1:00-1:50 PM on Tuesdays in Applied Physics and Mathematics, Room 5402), TA: Denise Rava (drava@ucsd.edu)
Section B03 (6:00-6:50 PM on Tuesdays in Applied Physics and Mathematics, Room 7421), TA: An-Vy Hoang (ath008@ucsd.edu)
Section B04 (7:00-7:50 PM on Tuesdays in Applied Physics and Mathematics, Room 7421), TA: An-Vy Hoang (ath008@ucsd.edu)
Section B05 (6:00-6:50 PM on Tuesdays in Applied Physics and Mathematics, Room 5402), TA: Alex Reed (abreed@ucsd.edu)
Section B06 (7:00-7:50 PM on Tuesdays in Applied Physics and Mathematics, Room 5402), TA: Felipe Campos (fcamposv@ucsd.edu)
Section B07 (7:00-7:50 PM on Tuesdays in Humanities and Social Sciences, Room 1315), TA: Yiren Wang (yiw518@ucsd.edu)
Section B08 (8:00-8:50 PM on Tuesdays in Humanities and Social Sciences, Room 1315), TA: Yiren Wang (yiw518@ucsd.edu)

Course Syllabus
Calendar and List of Course Topics

Office Hours

Jason Schweinsberg (in 6157 Applied Physics and Mathematics): Mondays 10:00-11:00 AM, Mondays 4:15-5:30 PM, Tuesdays 10:00-11:30 AM, Tuesdays 4:00-5:30 PM.
Denise Rava (in 6414 Applied Physics and Mathematics): Mondays 9:00-10:30 AM, Mondays 12:30-2:00 PM, Fridays 1:30-2:30 PM.
An-Vy Hoang (in 6436 Applied Physics and Mathematics): Mondays 12:30-2:00 PM, Wednesdays 9:00-9:50 AM, Thursdays 10:00-11:30 AM.
Alex Reed (in 6436 Applied Physics and Mathematics): Mondays 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Tuesdays 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Felipe Campos (in 6446 Applied Physics and Mathematics): Mondays 6:00-8:00 PM.
Yiren Wang (in 296E San Diego Supercomputer Center): Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 PM, Thursdays 2:00-4:00 PM.

Textbooks

Because the homework problems will not come from any textbook, no textbook is strictly required.
The recommended textbook for the course is A First Course in Probability by Sheldon Ross.
An alternative is Elementary Probability for Applications by Rick Durrett, which can be viewed here through the UCSD library if you are on campus (click on "go to electronic version"). Instructions for setting up a VPN account to allow you to get to the library web site from off campus are available here.

Homework Assignments

You should turn in your homework assignments at the beginning of class on the due date. If that is not possible, you may also turn in your homework to your TA's box, which is in the basement of Applied Physics and Mathematics, before 2:30 PM on the due date.
You will find the homework assignments in TritonEd (select "Content" from the left side of the screen once you have logged in). A link to the first homework assignment is provided below. Other assignments will be posted only in TritonEd.

Homework 1: due Wednesday, October 4.

Other links of interest

Below are some links which are not directly related to the course but which may be of interest to some Math 180A students. Most provide some information about graduate programs or careers in Mathematics or Statistics.

Here is a link to a list of schools with graduate programs in Statistics, maintained by Mitch Watnik at CSU East Bay.
Here is a link to a site which collects information about Masters programs in Data Science, along with some other information about careers in Data Science.
Here is a link to a site which lists over 500 programs in Data Science, mostly Masters level, throughout the world.
Here is a link to some information about the Masters program in Business Analytics at the Rady School at UC San Diego.
Here is a link to a list of REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) programs in Mathematics.
Here is a link to a list of programs for undergraduate students in Mathematics.
Here is a link to a list of programs for undergraduate students in Statistics.
Here is a link to information about the Summer Institute in Biostatistics, which "targets undergraduates and beginning graduate students who are interested in learning about biostatistics".
Here is a link to some information about careers in Mathematics from the Mathematical Association of America.
Here is a link to some information about careers in Mathematics from the American Mathematical Society.
Here is a link to some information about careers in Mathematics from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Here is a link to some information about careers in Statistics from the American Statistical Association.
Here is a link to a ranking of 200 jobs by CareerCast.com. Note that Statistician, Data Scientist, Mathematician, and Actuary are all near the top.
Here and here are links to two articles about the increasing popularity of careers in statistics.
Here is a link to some information compiled a few years ago by the UCSD Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). Some of the information is out of date, but the page is still useful.