MATH 201

Course description


Joshua Sumpter

  • E-mail: jsumpter at math dot rochester dot edu
  • Office: Hylan 803
  • Lectures: TR 12:30-1:45pm in Lattimore 201
  • Office Hours: Mondays 4-5pm on Zoom, Wednesdays 4-5pm in person. The zoom link is posted on the “201 Front Page” on Math 201 Blackboard.

Thomas Tucker

  • E-mail: thomas dot tucker at rochester dot edu
  • Office: Hylan 1010
  • Lectures: MW 10:25-11:40am in Goergen 108. Go to the Link posted on the “201 Front Page” on Math 201 Blackboard.
  • Office Hours: Wed 11:45-12:45, Th 1-2.

Teaching Assistants and Recitations

The remote recitations are not mandatory but are strongly encouraged. There will be three each week, TuWed 3:25-4:40 and Fri 12:30-1:45. Links for these recitations will be on the Blackboard page.

  • James Harrod jharrod at u dot rochester dot edu
  • Yilin Zhou yzhou76 at u dot rochester dot edu

Written Homework

Written homework will be due most weeks on Wednesday at 11:59 pm starting January 26. Homework assignments will be posted on the Homework page. Homework should be submitted using Gradescope. See the Homework page for homework rules and more details.

Your lowest written homework score will be dropped.


Webwork sets will be due in most weeks on Friday at 11:59pm, starting January 21.

Your lowest webwork set will be dropped.

To access webwork click the Webwork link in 201 Front Page on the Math 201 Blackboard site.


Introduction to Probability by David F. Anderson, Timo Seppalainen and Benedek Valko.


Math 162 or the equivalent. This is a strict prerequisite; Math 162 and 201 cannot be taken concurrently. Math 164 will help in some parts of the course but is not essential.

Exams and Grading

Your grade for the course will be based on your performance on exams and homework:

  • WeBWorK assignments - 12.5%
  • Written homework - 12.5%
  • Two Midterm Exams - 20% each
  • Final Exam - 35% See the Exams page for more details.

Academic honesty

All assignments and activities associated with this course must be performed in accordance with the University of Rochester’s Academic Honesty Policy. More information is available at:

In this class, you are encouraged to discuss homework with each other, but your work must be your own, and you may not copy someone else’s answers. The detailed policy on homework collaboration can be found on the Homework Rules page.

Be aware of the Mathematics Department policy on unauthorized online resources:
Any usage whatsoever of online solution sets or paid online resources ( or similar) is considered an academic honesty violation and will be reported to the Board on Academic Honesty. In particular, any assignment found to contain content which originated from such sources is subject to a minimum penalty of zero on the assignment and a full letter grade reduction at the end of the semester (e.g. a B would be reduced to a C). This applies even if the unauthorized content was obtained through indirect means (through a friend for instance) and/or the student is seemingly unaware that the content originated from such sources. If you have any questions about whether resources are acceptable, please check with your instructor.


If you run into trouble in the course, do not hesitate to attend instructor office hours or TA office hours. You can form a study group with your friends, since talking about the material is an excellent way to increase your understanding. There are also resources in the math department and at the university level. Math study hall is on the 11th floor of Hylan Mon-Thurs from 5-8.

Disability Support

The University of Rochester respects and welcomes students of all backgrounds and abilities. In the event you encounter any barrier(s) to full participation in this course due to the impact of disability, please contact the Office of Disability Resources. The access coordinators in the Office of Disability Resources can meet with you to discuss the barriers you are experiencing and explain the eligibility process for establishing academic accommodations. You can reach the Office of Disability Resources at: (585) 275-3424; Taylor Hall. Or, visit Disability Resources.

Please note that to be granted alternate testing accommodations, you (the student) must fill out forms with Disability Resources at least seven days before each and every exam. These forms are not sent automatically. Instructors are not responsible for requesting alternative testing accommodations at CETL or making accommodations on their own.

College Credit-Hour Policy

This course follows the College credit hour policy for four-credit courses. This course meets 3 academic hours per week. Students may also be expected to deepen their understanding of the course material through close examination/evaluation of the readings assigned in the course.