Winter 2016




Instructors:  LEC 01 and 02 Mahinda Samarakoon, LEC 03 Asal Aslemans

Mahinda's homepage



(Note: Depending on e-mail volume, I might not be able to reply to every email received. Dr Ken Butler has prepared a FAQ page which gives answers to some of the most frequent questions that we have received from students. I have added a link to this FAQ page below (or just click here). Before sending us emails, please check if the answer to your question is on this FAQ page.)


Office: Asal: IC 467, Mahinda: IC 442


Office hours:

Asal: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 am (in room IC404)

Mahinda: Monday 12-2 pm and Friday 11-1 pm  (in room IC404)




TA Office hours (in room IC404)











Kevin Ramlal


Sudipta Saha

Yisen Lin


Katherine Daignault


Peilin Liu

Ruoqi Yu

Yiheng Li


Huiyi Wang


Jingchun Pei


Jenkin Tsui


Nnenna Asidianya


Yangyang Zhang


Mohsen Soltanifar






LEC01: Wed 10-11 in AA112, Fri 10-11pm in IC130

LEC02: Mon, Wed 11-12 noon in AA112

LEC 03: Tue 9-10am and Thu 9-10am in AA112 (Note: This section is intended for students from Social Sciences. In this section, we discuss the same topics as in other sections but application-based illustrative examples will be selected from applications related to social sciences.)




Course outline

My homepage

Old course web pages (contains extra resources: past tests/exams & useful FAQ)




Got a question?  Read the FAQ (prepared by Dr Ken Butler) here first.


Statistical Tables


An extended binomial table



Suggested questions


Some students use the old edition of the textbook. This link gives suggested questions based from the old edition and is intended for those students only.


The textbook doesn’t have many questions on the binomial distribution. I collected these three questions from our old final exams.


How to calculate binomial probabilities using StatCrunch


How to calculate binomial probabilities using Microsoft Excel





Midterm Test


The midterm test will be on Saturday February 27, 2016.


Time: 13:00-15:00


Location: The test is in multiple locations. You will be assigned to one of these locations based on the first letter of your last name. We will post this information when it becomes available.


Aids allowed for the Midterm test


1)      A non-communicating, non-programmable calculator, Note: phone calculators or any other communicating devices are NOT allowed during the test.

2)      You are allowed to bring one letter-sized (8.5” x 11”) cheat sheet, handwritten by you. You may use both sides if you wish. On your cheat sheet, you may write anything that helps. No more than two sheets will be allowed, even if only side is written. We provide any statistical tables (such as standard normal) that you might need.




Communicating devices


The students are allowed to use the textbook/class notes and a calculator during the quizzes. However communicating devices such as cell phones, iPads, laptops are not allowed.

This means phone calculators, notes in iPads, laptops are not allowed during quizzes/test/exam.




Some useful links

Where are my lectures and tutorials?

Registrar's office (for exam schedule)

CMS Department

UTSC webpage

University of Toronto Homepage

English Language Development Centre, Centre for Teaching and Learning





MyStatLab Student Registration Instructions


MyStatLab Login page


WebWork Login page (Login with your UTORid and password)




Some useful notes from lectures

(Note: These are not complete notes. The textbook serves as a complete set of notes)


Notes for LEC01 and LEC02


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Week 11 and 12



Notes for LEC03


Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

Week 11 and 12





Students with diverse learning styles and needs are welcome in this course. In particular, if you have a disability/health consideration that may require accommodations, please feel free to approach me and/or the AccessAbility Services Office as soon as possible. I will work with you and AccessAbility Services to ensure you can achieve your learning goals in this course. Enquiries are confidential. The UTSC AccessAbility Services staff (located in S302) are available by appointment to assess specific needs, provide referrals and arrange appropriate accommodations (416) 287-7560 or





Academic integrity is essential to the pursuit of learning and scholarship in a university, and to ensuring that a degree from the University of Toronto is a strong signal of each student's individual academic achievement. As a result, the University treats cases of cheating and plagiarism very seriously.  The University of Toronto's Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters ( outlines the behaviours that constitute academic dishonesty and the processes for addressing academic offences.  Potential offences include, but are not limited to:


IN PAPERS AND ASSIGNMENTS: Using someone else's ideas or words without appropriate acknowledgement. Submitting your own work in more than one course without the permission of the instructor. Making up sources or facts. Obtaining or providing unauthorized assistance on any assignment.


ON TESTS AND EXAMS: Using or possessing unauthorized aids. Looking at someone else's answers during an exam or test. Misrepresenting your identity.


IN ACADEMIC WORK: Falsifying institutional documents or grades. Falsifying or altering any documentation required by the University, including (but not limited to) doctor's notes. All suspected cases of academic dishonesty will be investigated following procedures outlined in the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters. If you have questions or concerns about what constitutes appropriate academic behaviour or appropriate research and citation methods, you are expected to seek out additional information on academic integrity from your instructor or from other institutional resources (see students.html).