Math 3131 (preliminary draft of website for the course) (August 31)
In particular, you should ingore the homework pages, which have not been
set up yet.
Department of Mathematics and
AS/SC/AK Math 3131 3.0AF
Fall 2006 Course Outline
- Instructor: Professor George O'Brien, N618 Ross Bldg.
416-736-2100 ext 66095
MWF 2:30-3:30 in Tel 1004
- Office Hours: My normal Office Hours are M 11-12 and W 11-12,
or by chance or appointment. There may be variations, which would
be announced in advance.
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics , by Hogg, McKean, and
Craig (Available in York Bookstore).
- The course will cover roughly Chapters 4-7 and a bit of Chapter 8
of the text, with
a few topics left out along the way. The material of the first 3 chapters
in mostly based on Math 2030 and Math 2131.
- Grading: 20% for each of two tests, and 50% for the final exam.
- Assignments: There will be some homework assignments over the term,
worth 10% in total.
Students are allowed to work together on homework assignments, since
the primary purpose of the assignments is to assist in the learning
process rather than to compile grades. However, each student must
write up her or his own solutions and name her or his partners for each
homework. Assignment problems, mainly from the
text, will be listed on a regular basis. Those who choose not to work
out most homework solutions on their own will undoubtedly do badly on the
tests. High assignment marks do not help much if test marks are
low. So beware.
- Term dates. Test dates are 6 October and 10 November. The
University exam schedule will be set sometime
about October 31; the
exam could be on any day from 6 December to 20 December. Do not book a
flight to wherever until you know that the date of your exam is before
the date of your flight.
Classes start on 6 September, and end on 4 December. There are no classes
on the following days: 2 October or 9 October.
The last day to enrol in the course without my permission is 21
September. The last day to submit term work is 6 December. The last day to
enrol with permission is 6 October.
I do not
often give permission, since the class is likely to be rather large and
since students who enrol two or more weeks late in the course typically do
very badly in the course, so letting them in is not necessarily a favour
I should add
that I expect the course to be pretty full and that space
may only be
available if other students drop the course. The last day to drop the
course without getting a (failing) grade is 11 November. You will
have your first midterm test grade well before that date. The last day to
DROP the course without receiving a failing grade is 10 November.
- Academic integrity: I take academic integrity (honesty) very
seriously. No written material
may be brought to the tests or exam without
permission. Any communication with other students or outsiders during
tests or the exam constitutes cheating and will result in serious
penalties such as a zero
on the test (without the right to drop the course). Cell phones and
may not be brought to tests and exams. Also, hats which prevent
from seeing students' eyes may not be worn. Similar penalties
will be applied if test answers are changed after being graded but the
changes are not
acknowledged, or if a surrogate writes a test or exam.
If one student copies another student's work, both students may be
- If you want to communicate with me, please send an email with
the subject line, your last name, your first name, your student number, in
that order. If you are asking a question which I have already answered in
the course outline page or announcements page, I may be slow to answer
your question. I will answer general questions on the website, and will
answer personal questions (if I can) by email.