Welcome to the Winter 2016 CMPE107 Class! - Prof. Bruce Sawhill, instructor


Prof. Sawhill's Office Hours

Wednesdays, 10am - 12 noon

Thursdays, after class to 11:30 am     


Topics covered, prerequisites, caveats:

Introduction to fundamental tools of stochastic analysis. Probability, conditional probability, Bayes Theorem, random variables, independence, Poisson processes, Bernnoulli trials, and Markov chains. Instructor's choice of additional topics, most likely drawn from confidence measures, difference equations, transform methods, stability issues, applications to reliability, queues, and hidden Markov models. Students cannot receive credit for this course and Applied Mathematics and Statistics 131. Prerequisite(s): course 16 or 16H and Mathematics 22 or 23A.

Your TAs are:

Ali Dabirmoghaddam:  alid@soe.ucsc.edu, E2-480, Wednesdays, Office Hrs. 9:30 - 10:30am

Sean Phillips: seaphill@ucsc.edu, E2-480, Thursdays,  Office Hrs. 1:00 - 2:00pm

Daniel Alves: dalves@ucsc.edu, E2-480, Tuesdays, Office Hrs. 5:30 - 6:30pm

Where and When:

The class meets in the Baskin Engineering Auditorium, BE-101 (the free-standing auditorium about 50 feet SE of the Baskin Engineering 1 building)

Class times are 8:00  - 9:45 am Tuesdays and Thursdays, first class is January 5, 2016, last class is March 10, 2016.

Discussion Sections: 

  1.   Mondays, 9:30-10:40 am, Kresge 327
  2.   Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:10 am, Kresge 323
  3.   Wednesdays, 8:00 - 9:10 am, Kresge 327
  4.   Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:10 pm, Cowell 113
  5.   Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:10 pm, Kresge 327
  6.   Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:40 pm, Kresge 327 

Textbook Information:

There will be two textbooks used in class, both of which are available free of charge online.

1. Basic Probability Theory, Robert Ash  


(also available as an inexpensive Dover paperback from Amazon)

2. Introduction to Probability, Charles Grinstead and J. Laurie Snell


(Hardcover copy available from Amazon, gift-wrap available, also available used and inexpensive)