Fall 2017

Sections 001, 002, 003, 004.

**Instructor:** Professor Edward S. Letzter

**Office:** Wachman 526

**Email:** letzter at temple dot edu

**Course Concept:** A one-semester course at the freshman level,
introducing some of the basic concepts and techniques of probability and
statistics, as applied to empirical modeling and data analysis in the Life
and Environmental Sciences.

**Text:** *Modeling
the Dynamics of Life: Calculus and Probability for Life
Scientists *, 3rd edition, 2013, Frederick Adler.

**Topics Covered:** (As time permits.) Background (1.1, 1.2, 1.5, 1.10
from the text), Probability Theory and Descriptive Statistics (6.1-6.9),
Probability Models (7.1-7.9), Introduction to Statistical Reasoning (8.1-8.9),
Additional background as needed (4.1, 5.1).

**Class Days, Times, and Location:** Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays,
3:30-5:10 pm. Beury 160. Recitations: Section 001 Wednesdays, 2:00-2:50 pm,
Wachman 10; Section 002 Mondays, 2:00-2:50 pm, Wachman 10; Section 003
Fridays, 2:00-2:50 pm, Wachman 10; Section 004 Fridays, 8:00-8:50 am.

**Office Hours:** Monday, 10:45-11:45, Tuesday, 1:15-2:15, Thursday,
11:00-12:00, or by appointment.

**Exam Dates:** Midterm 1: September 28, in class. Midterm 2: November 2,
in class. Final Exam: Thursday, December 14, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Beury 160.

**Attendance Policy:** Attendance is required. Significant unexcused
absences (> 3) may result in a deduction of 0.5% to 1.0% from the
point total used in calculating your final grade.

**Homework:** Homework will be assigned regularly, typically as each
section of the text is completed. Doing the homework is essential to success
in the course, and completing the homework is the responsibility of each
student. While the homework will not be collected and graded, the quizzes
and tests will largely be based on the homework problems. Solutions to most
of the homework problems can be found in an appendix in the text, but you
are *strongly* advised to work through the problems first on your own
before consulting the solutions. As time permits, homework problems will be
discussed in recitation sections, office hours, and (to a more limited
extent) lectures. Again, the more time you spend on the homework the
better prepared you will be for success in this class.

**Calculators:** You will need
a scientific
calculator (**not**
a graphing
calculator) for this course. Note that in your graded work, unless
instructed otherwise, you will be required to write down all of the
mathematical steps necessary to arrive at your answers.

**Grading Scheme:** Quizzes: 15%. Midterm 1: 25%. Midterm
2: 25%. Final Exam: 35%.