Mathematical Statistics I

Course Details

Course Number: 4133  Section Number: 101

Fall 2012

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 109

Days & Times:

MWF 8:00 - 10:00

Course Attachments


Mathematical Statistics with Applications 7th ed
Wackerly Mendenhall Scheaffer
  ISBN: 978-0-495-11081-1

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Joel Schmitter   
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Course Objectives

To understand the laws of probability, counting and combinatorial methods, and Bayes' Theorem.

To understand random variables and their properties, including marginal and conditional distributions, expectation, conditional expectation, covariance, moment generating functions, and distributions of functions of one or more random variables.

To recognize and learn the properties of important probability distributions.

To use statistical software to simulate random phenomena and to carry out probability computations for standard distributions.

Course Expectations

  There will be 3 exams worth 100 points each, homework  worth a total of 100 points, and a comprehensive final exam worth 150 points. If you miss an exam you must arrange to makeup the exam before the next class period. Only one exam can be made up.

Grading Standards

            % of total points      Grade
                 90 - 100                 A
                 80 - 89                   B
                 70 - 79                   C
                 60 - 69                   D
                   0 - 59                   F

Final Exam12/12/2012  8:00 - 10:00

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

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Attendance Requirements

Other Policies


                            MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS I  

                                         MATH 4133


Instructor: Joel Schmitter

Office : Bolin 118 P

Phone : 397 - 4262

Office Hours : :        

Phone : 397-4262:    MWF              9:00 - 10:00  

                       MTW             2:00 - 3:00

                       TR                9:30 – 11:00

                       T                  3:00 – 4:00 in the help sessions Bolin 101     

                       or by appointment



Tuesday 3:00 - 4:00 will be in the math help session Bolin 101


Prerequisites: Calculus III


Grading:  There will be 3 exams worth 100 points each, homework worth a total of 100 points, and a comprehensive final exam worth 150 points. If you miss an exam you must arrange to makeup the exam before the next class period. Only one exam can be made up.


            % of total points      Grade

                 90 - 100                  A

                 80 - 89                   B

                 70 - 79                   C

                 60 - 69                   D

                  0 - 59                   F


We will cover chapters 1 - 6.


In accordance with the law, MSU provides students with documented disabilities academic accommodations. If you are a student with a disability, please contact me.


  Students should refer to the current MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policies on academic dishonesty, class attendance, student rights and activities.


Exam 1: Friday Sept. 28,   sec 1.1 - 3.5


Exam 2 : Friday Nov. 2, sec 3.6 - 5.6


Exam 3 : Friday Nov. 30, sec 5.7 - 6.7 


Final Exam: Wednesday, Dec. 12,  8:00 - 10:00

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