Math 150: Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Spring 2016


All the homework assignments and their solutions are here:

Solutions to the midterms:
Midterm 1 Solutions
Midterm 2 Solutions
Midterm 3 Solutions

Homework 8 is due on Tuesday April 26.
It consists of the following problems from the textbook (the exercises are in section 6.7):
6.2, 6.6, 6.8, 6.12, 6.16, 6.18, 6.20.
6.24, 6.26, 6.28, 6.30, 6.34, 6.38.
Homework 8 Solutions.


OpenIntro Statistics by David Diez et. al. The book is free online. You can find it by clicking on the link. You can also get a printed edition in the library or online (under $10).
Note that the website has three textbooks in there. Make sure you are accessing the one titled OpenIntro Statistics. It is in its third edition.

Topics to be covered

In this class we'll give an introduction to probability and statistics. We'll cover basic probability, conditional probability, give an introduction to data, learn about some important distributions such as the normal distribution and then we'll apply the theory to examples from science using hypothesis testing.


The course grade will be based on:
Homework 10%,
Midterm 1   20%,
Midterm 2   20%,
Midterm 3   20%
Final Exam 30%.


There will be written homework due roughly every week. Collaboration in the homework is permitted, but you are not allowed to copy someone else's work. The solutions must be written individually. The homeworks will be posted in the Announcements section and also on this link.

The homework problems will be designed to reinforce ideas and develop your logical reasoning abilities. The numerical grade given on a single assignment is not important for your grade (it is mainly to give you feedback on how you're doing). As long as HW is consistently done and of reasonable quality you will get the full benefit of this 10% of your grade. Late HW will NOT be accepted.


On the midterms and the final exam you must work on the problems on your own. No collaboration permitted in the exams. Also, no calculators or notes are permitted. A simple calculator will be provided to you for the exam.
The first midterm will be on Thursday February 11.

The second midterm will be on Thursday March 17.

The third midterm will be on Thursday April 14.

The final exam will be a cumulutive three hour exam.

The date for the final exam is Monday May 2 from 8:30am to 11:30am.


Students are expected to come to every lecture and every exam. If the dates of the exams conflict with Lake Forest approved events, inform me as soon as possible.


Accommodations Statement

If you believe that you need accommodations for a disability, please consult with The Learning and Teaching Center. Since accommodations may require early planning and are not retroactive, please contact the center as soon as possible. For details about the services for students with disabilities and the accomodations process, visit

You are also welcome to contact me privately to discuss your academic needs. However, all disability-related accommodations must be arranged through Teryn Robinson at the Learning and Teaching Center.

Last modified on May 7, 2016.