Spring 2018 Dalpiaz

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Teaching Assistants

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  • Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
  • Office: 2 Illini Hall.

Course Content

Introduction to mathematical statistics that develops probability as needed; includes the calculus of probability, random variables, expectation, distribution functions, central limit theorem, point estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. Offers a basic one-term introduction to statistics and also prepares students for STAT 410.


Course notes will be provided, which, in addition to notes taken by students during class are sufficient. The recommended textbook could be extremely useful as a reference and source of additional practice problems. It is not necessary for homework. Used copies of the seventh and eighth edition should be very reasonably priced, and the instructor will post cross-listed sections from each.

Textbook Edition Notation: Ninth [Eighth Seventh]


Calculus III or equivalent. Lack of completion of stated prerequisites will almost surely result in poor course performance.

Email Policy

Due to the large size of this course, we follows a strict email policy. Before sending an email, please read this note.


There will be twelve homework assignments, each worth 10 points. The lowest two homework scores will be dropped, therefor your highest ten grades will count towards your point total.

Detailed information about completion and submission, as well as grading of homework can be found in this homework policy note.

In addition to assigned homework exercises, there will be a large number of additional practice problems. These may be as relevant to exam questions as the assigned homework. It is highly recommend that you attempt and read the solutions for all practice problems.


There will be two Midterm Exams worth 100 points each. There will be a comprehensive Final Exam worth 200 points. The exam dates are:

If you are unable to take an exam, you must contact the instructor before the exam. (The sooner the better.) All excuses must be verifiable. Make-up exams will be given only under legitimate or exceptional circumstances.

Midterm Replacement

Your final exam percentage may be used to replace the lower of your two midterm exam scores. For example:

Before Replacement Score
Midterm Exam 1 76
Midterm Exam 2 75
Final Exam 176

After Replacement Score
Midterm Exam 1 76
Midterm Exam 2 88
Final Exam 176

If your final exam score is lower than your two midterm exam scores, this policy will have no effect. Only one midterm exam may be repalced.

Final Exam Replacement

If the total of your two (before replacement) 100 point midterm scores is greater than the result of the 200 point final exam, the sum of those mideterms will replace your final exam score.

Before Replacement Score
Midterm Exam 1 95
Midterm Exam 2 90
Final Exam 170

After Replacement Score
Midterm Exam 1 95
Midterm Exam 2 90
Final Exam 185

If your final exam score is higher than the sum of your two (before replacement) midterm exam scores, this policy will have no effect.

Course Grades

Type Points
Homework 100
Midterm Exam I 100
Midterm Exam II 100
Final Exam 200
Course Total 500

Grading Scale

A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
TBD 93% 90% 87% 83% 80% 77% 73% 70% 67% 63% 60%

Grades are not curved or adjusted. This is not to dishearten students, but to let them know that their grade is based on individual effort and not on comparative effort.

Grade Disputes

If you feel your homework or exam was graded incorrectly, you have one week from the date it was returned to discuss it with the course staff. (Homework and exams are returned in discussion sections. It is your responsibility to attend and collect your graded work.) After one week, grading is final except for exceptional circumstances. You may not simply ask for a re-grade, but instead must justify to the staff why the grading was done incorrectly. Also, by disputing any grading, you agree to allow the course staff to review the entire homework or exam for other errors missed during grading.


You are expected to attend all lectures and discussions. Failure to do so may not have a direct effect on your course grade, but will likely have a significant indirect effect. Any known or potential extracurricular conflicts should be discussed in person with the instructor during the first week of classes, or as soon as they arise.

Academic Integrity

The official University of Illinois policy related to academic integrity can be found in Article 1, Part 4 of the Student Code. Section 1-402 in particular outlines behavior which is considered an infraction of academic integrity. These sections of the Student Code will be upheld in this course. Any violations will be dealt with in a swift, fair and strict manner. Homework assignments are meant to be learning experiences. You may discuss the exercises with other students, but you must write-up the solutions on your own. In short, do not cheat, it is not worth the risk. You are more likely to get caught than you believe. If you think you may be operating in a grey area, you most likely are.


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Disability Accommodations

To obtain disability-related academic adjustments or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the course instructor and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as soon as possible. To contact DRES, you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 217-333-4603, e-mail or go to the DRES website.


The instructor reserves the right to make any changes he considers academically advisable. Such changes, if any, will be announced in class. Please note that it is your responsibility to attend the class and keep track of the proceedings.