Welcome to Math 205:  Probability!


Current Announcements:


If you’re interested in helping build the world-record setting, largest-ever Sierpinski triangle made out of K’NEX pieces, then this event is for you.  The organizer, Bryn Mawr math professor Victor Donnay, is looking for people to help run the event.  If you’re interested, you can either contact him directly, or let me know, and I will put you in touch.


We will use Mathematica in class on Wednesday, April 24.  Please bring your laptop!


If you didn’t get your full 10 points of extra credit last week, here is one more opportunity:  What can you do with a math major after you graduate?  Here are the details about the math major alumnae panel happening tomorrow (Tuesday, April 23, 7pm, Park 338).  If you sign up for pizza, there will be some for you.  Even if you have the maximum extra credit already, you should still consider attending the event.  You can learn how former Bryn Mawr math majors found their current employment, what they wish they had done as undergraduates to prepare, whether or not their firms offer summer internships, and so on.


I had originally planned to due presentations during the last week of class, but now I will let you schedule yours for any time during the last week of class or during the final exam period.  Do, however, still be prepared to hand in part 2 of your portfolio on or before the last day of the semester.  Here is the checklist.


We will have a quiz on chapter 8 on Wednesday, April 24.


Here are the blank versions of the quizzes:  4, 5.1, 5.2, 6, and 7.  


Current Assignments:


Due Wednesday, April 24:

Reading Guide for Sections 9.2 and 9.3

Invent two probability problems.  Provide the scenario, details, questions, and answers for each one.  The problems should be realistic, and represent a nontrivial application of one or more concepts we have learned this semester. Creative and interesting real-life problems will be considered for use in class, and will be worth 5 points (each) of extra credit that counts towards writing problems.  Here are some examples.


Due Monday, April 29:

Section 9.1 Exercises:  1, 5, 7, 10*


Please write up exercises marked with an asterisk (*) in LaTeX, and keep hand them in separated from the rest of the assignment.


Office Hours with Professor Amy:


Monday 11:10am – 12:00pm, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Park 371D

Wednesday 11:10am – 12:00pm, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Park 371D

Friday 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Park 371D


Problem Sessions with Grad Student Isaac Craig:


Tuesday 2:30pm – 4pm, Park 338

Thursday 2:30pm – 4pm, Park 336






Normal Probability Calculator


Mathematica Files


Use LaTeX Here


Introduction to LaTeX


All Assignments


Old Announcements


Course Information




Answers to Odd Exercises


Install Mathematica (BMC)


Install Mathematica (HC)