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STAT 3600: Probability and Statistics I

2021 Fall, Auburn University


Lecture Instructor Dr. Le Chen lzc0090@auburn.edu
Teach Assistant Yuan Yuan yzy0014@auburn.edu
Class Time and Room MWF, 12:00 PM -- 12:50 PM PARKR 305
Office hours by Le MW, 13:00 -- 14:00, PARKR 203
Office hours by Yuan Th, 12:00 -- 12:50, PARKR 124

Course description

Probability is the branch of mathematics concerning numerical descriptions of how likely an event is to occur, or how likely it is that a proposition is true. Probability theory lays the foundation for statistics and plays an important role in many applied fields such as artificial intelligence, data science, weather forecast, etc.

This course is the first course of the two-semester sequential courses -- STAT 3600 and STAT 3610. In this course, we will learn basics for probability theory, including random variables, independence, various discrete/continuous distributions, central limit theorem, moment generating functions, etc.



This course will cover topics such as combinatorics, basic probability concept, discrete and continuous random variables, classical probability distributions with an emphasis on Normal distribution, multivariate distributions, expected values, conditional probability, independence, moment generating function, central limit theorem. We will follow mostly most parts of the first five chapters of the text book:


Students obligations and tips

This is a demanding course and it requires a great deal of work from your side. In order to successfully master the material and complete the course, you are expected to

Note: The syllabus was created in July 2021, and it is subject to changes during the semester.


Test and exam

Due dates for homework and test




Tentative schedule


Face Covering Policy

We will follow the university policy regarding face covering:

Students enrolled in this course are required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth
while inside the classroom, laboratory, faculty member offices, or group instructional spaces.
Failure to comply with this requirement represents a potential violation of Code of Student Conduct
and may be reported as a non-academic violation.

Please consult the Auburn University Classroom Behavior Policy at

for additional details.

Honor code


Your success in this class is important to me. We will all need accommodations because we all learn differently. If there are aspects of this course that prevent you from learning or exclude you, please let me know as soon as possible. Together we will develop strategies to meet both your needs and the requirements of the course.

I encourage you to visit the Office of Accessibility to determine how you could improve your learning as well. You can register and make a request for services from the Office of Accessibility. In this case, please do inform me of such requests. See the following link for more information:

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fundamental dignity and worth of all its members. Auburn University prohibits harassment of its
students and employees based on protected classes and works to eliminate prohibited behavior from
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