Counting and Probability
|Term||Fall 2019, Spring 2020|
|Price 1 semester||$400|
|Price 2 semesters||$700|
Probability sounds more daunting than it actually is. In fact, when applied to games of chance, sports, and other leisure activities, it turns out to be fun to work through many of the problems that students will encounter in this class.
As a branch of mathematics, probability had its origins in work that Blaise Pascal and Pierre de Fermat did in collaboration in the seventeenth century to answer a question from an aristocrat about gambling. Part of the fun of this year will be reading about those origins and seeing the basic problems that these two men set out to answer. Also covered during the year will be permutations, combinations, Pascal’s triangle, geometric probability, basic combinatorial identities, and the Binomial Theorem.
This course is set for the appropriate level of difficulty for children who would be in the seventh grade if they were in a public school.
Live Classes: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The first semester begins the week of September 2nd and ends the week of December 16th. The second semester begins the week of January 13th, 2020, and ends the week of May 11th. Students unable to attend a live class will be able to access a recording of the class.
Student Support: The instructor is available via email.
Materials: Students will need the books Pascal and Fermat: The Probability Pen Pals (sent free with registration) and Introduction to Counting & Probability (available at https://artofproblemsolving.com).