MATH 305 - Mathematical Statistics

Centenary College of Louisiana
105 Wright Building Fishbowl Lab
TR 12:35 - 1:50 - Spring 2010

Instructor: Dr. Mark Goadrich

Contact Info
104 Wright Building
(318) 869-5194

Office Hours
MWF 9-12
or by appointment

Overview | Syllabus | Homework | Projects | Exams | Grading

Course Details


Introduction to Probability, GNU Version
by Charles Grinstead and J. Laurie Snell, 2006
Dartmouth, NH
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We will be covering Discrete and Continuous Probability Distributions, Combinatorics, Conditional Probability, Distributions and Densities, Expected Value and Variance, Sums of Random Variables, the Law of Large Numbers, the Central Limit Theorm, Hypothesis Testing, and Confidence Intervals.


Centenary assures students with disabilities equal opportunity to reach the same level of achievement as other students. Strict confidentiality will be maintained on students with disabilities. Services for students with disabilities are available through the Counseling Center, located on the ground floor of Rotary Residence Hall, phone (318) 869-5424.

Honor Code

All students are bound by the Honor System. The Honor System is applicable to all academic work. See the Centenary College Handbook for the complete Honor Code. All homework you write and turn in for a grade is understood to be pledged. You may discuss topics with other students and tutors, but all homework you write must be your own, and you must be able to explain to me how it works.


Extensions and rescheduling for labs, projects, exams and quizzes are only given when circumstances beyond your control (e.g. being sick, choir or sports travel) prevent you from completing a project on time. You must notify me either by email or phone of your circumstances well in advance of the due date. No extensions are given for requests made within three days of the due date.

Quizzes and Participation

You are encouraged to attend class and participate in discussions every day. Sporadically throughout the semester, there will be short quizzes covering material from the previous class. These quizzes will serve as records of your attendance, and in total they will comprise 5% of your final grade. Active participation in class discussions will comprise another 5% of your final grade. This will be awarded for answering questions, asking questions, presenting material, etc.

Extra Credit

Extra credit for this course can be earned by participating in the Centenary Math Problem of the Week (POTW). Each reasonable submission will be worth an additional 0.5% toward your final grade, CC me with your submission for credit. A maximum of 7% extra credit can be applied to your final grade.


We will be using the textbook straight-through, covering Chapters 1 - 9. We will also be using additional supplemental material such as relevant web-pages and background material when covering statistics. Readings will be assigned before material will be covered in class. You are expected to review the material and come to class prepared. As readings are assigned, they will be posted here.


Much of your experience with probability and statistics in this course will be through weekly homeworks, which will comprise 40% of your final grade. All homeworks are weighted equally within the Lab portion of your final grade.
  1. Due Jan 21st: pg 35 - 40: #6, 7, 11, 12, 22, 23, 29, 30
  2. Due Feb 2nd: pg 71 - 74: #2, 5, 8, 12
  3. Due Feb 9th: pg 88: #4, 11, 16, 23
  4. Due Feb 12th: pg 114: #8, 13, 19, 22, 26, 27, 31
  5. Due Feb 26th: pg 151: #6, 7, 12, 18, 19, 27, 63b
  6. Due Mar 9th: pg 197: #3, 4, 13, 14, 22, 28, 29, 42, 43, 45
  7. Due Mar 30th: pg 247: #5, 8, 13, 18, 22, 30, 36
  8. Due Apr 15th: pg 278: #3, 11 pg 289 #2, 3 pg 302 #9, 11, and
    Chi Square Question
  9. Practice Exam Problems: pg 312 #1, 11, pg 338 #5, 13, and
    Hypothesis Testing


There will be two exams, each worth 25% of your final grade.


Your final grade for this course will be based on the Labs, Projects, Quizzes, Exams and Participation described above.
Grading Scale
Exam 125%
Exam 225%

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