MATH3280 - Introductory Probability - 2017/18

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  • A short history of probability [Download file]
  • Please hand in the complete assignment to the collection box (2nd floor, Lady Shaw Building, close to R221)
  • The midterm exam will be held on Oct 23rd, 2017, 10:30am-12:10noon, at YIA, LT5

General Information


  • Prof. Dejun FENG
    • Office: LSB, Room 211
    • Tel: 39437965
    • Email:

Teaching Assistant

  • Mr. Yufeng Wu
    • Office: LSB, Room 222A
    • Tel: 39433575
    • Email:
  • Mr. Yiping YANG
    • Office: LSB 232
    • Tel: 3943 5294
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Mo 10:30-12:15, MMWB 703; Th 10:30-11:15, LSB LT4
  • Tutorial: Th 11:30-12:15, LSB LT4

Course Description

Axioms of probability, conditional probability, independence, discrete random variables, continuous random variables, mean, variance and covariance, moment generating function, Poisson distributions, normal distributions, central limit theorem, law of large numbers. Students taking this course are expected to have knowledge in advanced calculus.


  • Sheldon Ross, A first course in probability. 8th edition. Pearson Education International


  • S. Ghahramani, Fundamentals of probability with stochastic processes. Pearson Education International.
  • A.N. Kolmogrov, Foundations of the theory of probability. Chelsea publishing Co., New York. 1956.
  • K. L. Chung, A course in probability theory. Elsevier Inc., 1968.

Tutorial Notes



Assessment Scheme

Final exam  50%
Mid-term exam 40%
Assignments 10%

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