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%.