MATH3280 - Introductory Probability - 2019/20

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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 lectures on Sep 16 and Sep 23 will be changed into tutorials. The tutorial on Sep 30 will be changed into lecture class.
  • The mid-term examination of Math3280 will be held on Oct 24, 10:30am-12:10pm at LT4, LSB. It will cover the materials in Chapters 1-5 of the textbook.
  • The assessment scheme of Math3280 has been updated as follows: Mid-term Exam 80% and Assignments 20% (only A1, A2, A3, A4 will be counted). A special exam, which will be held in the first week of Spring 2020, for those failed students. But the participants can get a D at best.
  • A brief lecture note for the remaining teaching material has been uploaded.

General Information


  • Prof. De-Jun Feng
    • Office: LSB, Room 211
    • Tel: 39437965
    • Email:

Teaching Assistant

  • Mr. Ching Yin Chan (Grader)
    • Office: LSB 232
    • Tel: 3943 5294
    • Email:
    • Office Hours: Mon/Wed/Thu (flexible hours through appointment)
  • Mr. Tak Ming Cheuk
    • Office: LSB 228
    • Tel: 3943 7955
    • Email:
    • Office Hours: Tue 14:00-17:00

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: M 10:30am-11:15am, LSB LT4, Th 10:30am-12:15PM, LSB LT4
  • Tutorial: M 11:15am-12:15pm, 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


  • K. L. Chung, Elementary Probability Theory with Stochastic Processes. Springer International Student Edition, 1978
  • 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.

Lecture Notes

Tutorial Notes


Quizzes and Exams


Assessment Scheme

Mid-term exam 80%
Assignments 20%

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Assessment Policy

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