Math 181A  (Winter 2018)

Lecture: MWF 11am--11:50 at PCYNH 122 --- NOTE: NEW CLASSROOM IS CSB 002

Announcements: (a) This course is intended to be taken as a sequence with 181B. Applied Math and Prob/Stat majors will be required to either take both or take another stand-alone course; they are discouraged to take only 181A. (b) MATH 185, which is required for the Prob/Stat major, is accepting students without the 181B pre-requisite. (c) MATH181A will be offered again in Spring quarter. (d) MATH181B will also be offered in Spring quarter, and it is scheduled to be offered again next Fall.


Instructor: Prof. Dimitris Politis
Email:  dpolitis@ucsd.edu
Tel.: 534-5861 Office: APM 5701
Office hours: MWF 10am-10:50am or by appointment
TAs
Ashley Chen
Email:  jic102@ucsd.edu
Office: SDSC 294E
Office hours: Thu 2-3pm
Denise Rava
Email:  drava@ucsd.edu
Office: APM 6414
Office hours: Tue 4-6pm
Homework Homework will be assigned online on Wednesday evenings, and will be due the Thursday 8 days later. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR HOMEWORK IN THE DROPBOX AT THE BASEMENT BY 4PM EACH THURSDAY. Homework will no longer be collected during the TA discussions. Please write down the section number that you are enrolled in when you submit the homework and quizzes.
Class notes Notes from class will be posted on Wednesday evenings together with the Homework.
Weekly quizes Every Friday, a 20 minute quiz will be given. The quizes are a most important part of the class; they will focus on the material presented in class during the week. Quizes can not be made up if missed; however, the two lowest quiz scores will be dropped before calculating the quiz average for the final class grade. For the quizes, please bring a blue book and your calculator; blue books can be re-used for the quizes to save some trees. Quiz grading: spell name (and ID number) right = 3pts; partially correct = 7pts; totally correct = 10pts.
Final exam The final exam will be comprehensive, covering the material from the whole course with particular emphasis on the examples discussed in class, and the homework problems. For the final exam, please bring 1-2 blue books, your student ID, calculator, and a crib sheet (2 sides OK!) The 181A final
Computing 
Students should familiarize themselves with the statistical language R; Sessions on Thursday January 11th will focus on R. There are many online tutorials on R; just google "R tutorial". A gentle one is given here; see also the R handout from 2010 and the R handout from 2017. Click here to download R to your computer.
Textbook An Introduction to Mathematical Statistics and its Applications., 6th ed.,  by Larsen and Marx;   Prentice Hall.
THE PLAN FOR THIS QUARTER IS TO COVER CHAPTERS 5, 6, AND 7 FROM THE BOOK. HOWEVER, CH. 5.8 WILL BE POSTPONED TO LAST WEEK OF CLASSES.
Other books 
Rice: Mathematical Statistics and Data Analysis, and Wackerly et al.: Mathematical Statistics with Applications.
Web resource  
SticiGui (an interactive statistics textbook)
Course Webpage The course webpage will be updated regularly and students are advised to check it often. In particular, the webpage will list the week's assigned homework, as well as the assigned reading material.
Course Grade
  • Homework: 20%
  • Quizes: 40% - bring a blue book--blue books can be re-used
  • Final Exam: 40% - bring blue books
  • No Midterms!



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