MAT 221

Elementary Probability and Statistics I

Syracuse University

First of a two-course sequence. For students in fields that emphasize quantitative methods. Probability, design of experiments, sampling theory, introduction of computers for data management, evaluation of models, and estimation of parameters.

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MAT 221 Syllabus for T. John — Fall 2018

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MAT 221 - Elementary Probability and Statistics I - Fall 2018 Syllabus
This is the common syllabus for all MAT-221 sections. Each section and recitation instructors will provide their
own contact information. Contact information for all math faculty and teaching assistants are also available at .
Special Note on the Drop Deadline: Academic Drop Deadline and the Financial Drop deadline will both occur on
Monday, September 17 (three weeks from the first day of classes). Students may still withdraw from courses after
September 17 but before the withdraw deadline Fri, November 16, 2018; this would place a “WD grade on their
Course Description: This course is the first course in the Quantitative Skills sequence MAT 221-222. The primary
objective of MAT 221 is to provide students with knowledge of elementary probability and statistics. Students will
learn the basic concepts of descriptive statistics, design of experiments, probability theory, sampling distributions,
and estimation of parameters. Students continuing to MAT 222 will learn how to use statistics to make various
Mathematics Prerequisite: Algebra competency
Textbook: Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, D. S. Moore, G. P. McCabe, and B.A. Craig, 9th edition. Chapters
1-6 will be covered in MAT 221.
Classroom clickers: In the lectures for this course, we will be using classroom clickers by Turning Point
Technology. Clickers are available at the bookstore. If you already have the clicker for another course, it will work
in this course also. You will need to have your clicker and bring it to lecture with you each lecture starting from the
first lecture. It is highly recommended that you put in new batteries at the start of the semester. You may only use
your own clicker; using someone else’s clicker in their absence will be considered a violation of academic integrity
policies of the University (see also the academic integrity policy section later in this syllabus).
Calculator: You will need a calculator to do the computations that will arise throughout the course. No specific
calculator is required, but TI 84 or TI 83 graphing calculator is highly recommended. Calculators are not to be
shared during exams and quizzes.
Attendance: You are expected to attend each course meeting (lectures and recitations). If you miss a class, it is
your responsibility to obtain a copy of the lecture notes for that class from another student. You are also
responsible for any announcements about changes to the course schedule, the exam schedule, or the course
requirements that were made during that class.
Exams: All exams, including the final exam, are closed book and closed notes. Students may use any type of
calculators they wish except calculators capable of wireless communication. Cell phones or any other devices
capable of wireless communication are not allowed. Student ID's will be checked at the exams.
There will be two midterm examinations on the last lecture day of the following weeks:
Exam 1: Last lecture day of the week of October 1, 2018
Exam 2: Last lecture day of the week of November 5, 2018
Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive. All students must take the final exam at the scheduled time
which will be a 2-hour block between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12th. There will be no
exceptions, and so you should not make plans to leave campus before 2:30 p.m. on Wed, December 12th.
Quiz: Starting from the second week of classes, there will be a quiz in recitation similar to the homework
problems. The specific sections covered by each quiz will be announced in lecture. The lowest two quiz scores will
be dropped.
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Missed Quizzes or Exams: There will be no make-up quizzes or exams for any reason. A missed quiz or exam will
count as a zero unless it is due to a documented religious observance, University-sponsored event, or documented
emergency. For religious observances and for University-sponsored events, this documentation must be submitted
in advance. For emergencies, you must present documentation from a physician or from the Dean’s Office as soon
as possible. In such cases, a missed quiz will not be counted toward the final grade and a missed exam score will be
replaced by the score on the corresponding portion of the material on the final exam.
Homework: Homework will be done online using WeBWorK, an open-source homework system for math and
sciences courses. The number of attempts on each problem is unlimited. Problems can be done in any order, and
you do not have to do them all at once. Two lowest WeBWorK scores will be dropped.
WeBWorK access information: If you enrolled in this class before Aug 27th, 2018, you can set up your WeBWorK
account as soon as the semester begins. Otherwise, you have to wait until after the Add deadline (Sep 4th, 2018) to
do so.
1. Go to either (MWF lectures - sections 300 and 400) or (TTh lectures - sections 100 and 200)
2. Your Username is your NetID (For example, your username would be “jqpublic” if your email is
3. Your Password is initially set to be your 9-digit SUID. You should change it after logging in for the 1st time.
Additional HW problems may be assigned occasionally by the lecture instructor. The instructor will clarify whether
or not those problems will be collected. See also the additional practice problems listed at the end of this syllabus.
Grading: Your final grade will be based on two midterm exams (25% each), a cumulative final exam (30%), weekly
quizzes (8%), HW (8%), and lecture attendance (4%). Final letter grades will be based on the following scale:
Raw Grade
Letter Grade
Raw Grade
Letter Grade
Raw Grade
Letter Grade
93 ≤ x ≤ 100
90 ≤ x < 93
A -
87 ≤ x < 90
B +
83 ≤ x < 87
80 ≤ x < 83
B -
77 ≤ x < 80
C +
73 ≤ x < 77
70 ≤ x < 73
C -
60 ≤ x < 70
0 ≤ x < 60
Cell Phones: All electronic devises other than calculators should be turned off and put away during class.
Calculators on cell phones are not to be used on tests or quizzes.
Available Student Assistance: Your recitation instructor will hold regular office hours and will make
appointments with students having class conflicts with their scheduled office hours. Your lecture instructor will
also have office hours. In addition, the Mathematics Department offers help in the Math Clinic. The hours and
location are posted on (Fall hours to be posted by the 3rd week of
In addition, Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS) offers free group tutoring sessions for MAT 221. Visit to learn more and register for a session.
Students with Disabilities: If you believe that you need academic adjustments (accommodations) for a disability,
please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS), visit the ODS website,
located in Room 309 of 804 University Avenue, or call (315) 443-4498 or TDD: (315) 443-1371 for an appointment
to discuss your needs and the process for requesting academic adjustments. ODS is responsible for coordinating
disability-related academic adjustments and will issue students with documented Disabilities Accommodation
Authorization Letters, as appropriate. Since academic adjustments may require early planning and generally are
not provided retroactively, please contact ODS as soon as possible. Making arrangements with ODS takes time. Do
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not wait until just before the first test. Students taking exams at ODS should take them at times which overlap the
exam time for the rest of the class.
Religious observances policy: SU religious observances policy recognizes the diversity of faiths represented
among the campus community and protects the rights of students, faculty, and staff to observe religious holidays
according to their tradition. Under the policy, students are provided an opportunity to make up any examination,
study, or work requirements that may be missed due to are religious observance provided they notify their
instructors before the end of the second week of classes. For fall and spring semesters, an online notification
process is available through MySlice (Student Services > Enrollment > My Religious Observances) from the first
day of class until the end of the second week of class.
Related link:
compliance/religious-observances-policy/ .
Academic Integrity: Syracuse University’s Academic Integrity Policy reflects the high value that we, as a
university community, place on honesty in academic work. The policy defines our expectations for academic
honesty and holds students accountable for the integrity of all work they submit. Students should understand that
it is their responsibility to learn about course-specific expectations, as well as about university-wide academic
integrity expectations. The policy governs appropriate citation and use of sources, the integrity of work submitted
in exams and assignments, and the veracity of signatures on attendance sheets and other verification of
participation in class activities. The policy also prohibits students from submitting the same work in more than one
class without receiving written authorization in advance from both instructors. Under the policy, students found in
violation are subject to grade sanctions determined by the course instructor and non-grade sanctions determined
by the School or College where the course is offered as described in the Violation and Sanction Classification
Rubric. SU students are required to read an online summary of the University’s academic integrity expectations
and provide an electronic signature agreeing to abide by them twice a year during pre-term check-in on MySlice.
Specifically for this course, the academic integrity aspects relate to lecture attendance (recorded via Turning
Point clickers), quizzes, and exams. Regarding the usage of clickers in lecture, a student may only use their
own clicker; using someone else’s clicker in their absence will be considered an academic integrity violation.
Regarding the quizzes/exams, students are not allowed to use ANY electronic device except for their
calculator during the quiz/exam until the quiz/exam is handed in. Accessing material beyond standard
calculator functionalities and any statistical table provided during the quiz/exam will be a violation of
academic integrity.
The Violation and Sanction Classification Rubric establishes recommended guidelines for the determination of
grade penalties by faculty and instructors, while also giving them discretion to select the grade penalty they believe
most suitable, including course failure, regardless of violation level. Any established violation in this course may
result in course failure regardless of violation level.
Related link:
Tentative Course Schedule: This schedule is only tentative. It is your responsibility to find out which topics are
covered in class each week.
Week of Aug-27
Chapter 1
Week of Oct-22
Chapter 3/Chapter 5
Week of Sep-03
Chapter 1
Week of Oct-29
Chapter 5
Week of Sep-10
Chapter 4
Week of Nov-05
Chapter 5/Review/Exam 2
Week of Sep-17
Chapter 4
Week of Nov-12
Chapter 6
Week of Sep-24
Chapter 4
Week of Nov-19
Thanksgiving Break
Week of Oct-01
Chapter 4/Review/Exam 1
Week of Nov-26
Chapter 6
Week of Oct-08
Chapter 2
Week of Dec-03
Chapter 6/Review
Week of Oct-15
Chapter 2/Chapter 3
Week of Dec-10
Wed Dec.12: Final Exam
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Suggested Practice Problems: Since WeBWorK does not provide enough problems for you to learn the concepts
covered in this class, you should work these textbook problems as the corresponding section is covered in lecture.
Exams and quizzes are based on these textbook problems as well as the WeBWorK problems.
101-103, 105-107
135-141, 143
14, 15, 16
24, 25, 27, 31, 34
50, 54, 55, 58, 63, 70
7-9, 12
25, 26, 28-34, 37-39
57-65, 69, 71, 73, 78
12-17, 19, 20, 23-25, 27-29, 33, 36
52-59, 72-75
95, 98-101, 106

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