Concepts of Probability

Stat 134 with Adam Lucas, Spring '19.



Adam Lucas

  • MWF 1-2 pm in 155 Dwinelle


alucas AT berkeley DOT edu


MWF 12-1 pm in SLC in Cesar Chavez Student Center

Head uGSIs:

Brian Thorsen and Yiming Shi


Probability, Jim Pitman. Students can view and download the text online at SpringerLink (campus network access required). An affordable paperback copy may also be purchased through this link.


Office hours available on the Staff page.


Mastery of the material in Appendices 1-4 of the text, fluency with calculus (derivatives and integrals) in two variables, and – these are crucial – clear logical reasoning and strong problem-solving skills. Test yourself on some practice problems.

Class Website:

The primary class website is bCourses will be used primarily to record your grades and for announcements.


There will be a student run Piazza site for this class. The top 10 student answerers (i.e. students who respond to other student’s questions) will get up to 1% extra credit added to their final grade total in bCourses after the curve.

  • Assignments are posted on the Homework tab here. They are due each Wednesday by 1:00 pm on Gradescope.

  • Papers will be graded on a 0/1 scale. Each assignment will consist of 8 problems. A good attempt at 6 or more problems will receive the score of 1; anything else will get 0. Course staff will define what constitutes a "good attempt." We will be looking for reasoning and detailed work shown – it is assumed that you will show work or provide reasoning whether or not the question asks for it.

  • Your two lowest homework scores will be dropped from the computation of the homework component of your final grade.

  • No late homeworks will be accepted and cheating will not be tolerated. While you are encouraged to work with other people, you must write up your own solutions.

  • There will be six short quizzes during the term, in section, on the dates listed below. Quizzes will not be given at any other time. You must take your quiz in the section in which you are enrolled. Students with DSP accommodations must contact Prof. Lucas to make arrangements as necessary.

  • Q1: Wednesday, February 6
    Q2: Wednesday, February 13
    Q3: Monday, February 25
    Q4: Wednesday, March 20
    Q5: Wednesday, April 10
    Q6: Wednesday, April 24

  • Your lowest quiz score will be dropped from the computation of the quiz component of your final grade.

  • Midterm: Friday, March 8, in lecture.

  • Final: Tuesday, May 14, 8-11 am. Location TBA.

  • Maximum Of:

  • 10% Homework, 25% Quizzes, 20% Midterm, 45% Final

  • 10% Homework, 25% Quizzes, 65% Final

  • Your lowest quiz score and two lowest homework scores will be dropped.


Quick Links

Homework: The full list of assigned problems for the entire semester is available at this link. There, you will also find helpful strategies for attacking the problems -- I highly recommend you read through it at least once.

Reading Guide:


The Student Learning Center (SLC) offers extensive support for Stat 134. I highly recommend you enroll in the SLC's Adjunct Course for Stat 134 (Stat 198). Click here to learn more.

A Note on Using Solution Manuals

TL;DR Don't. Why?

Academic Honesty

Please familiarize yourself with UCBs Academic Honesty Policy (see the Center for Student Conduct website: ). I encourage you to discuss homework problems with other students and to work together, but copying is never appropriate. (You should never write down anything you don't understand!) I strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the definition of plagiarism, and to avoid engaging in
it. Violations of the UCB’s Academic Honesty Policy, including instances of plagiarism, will be reported to the University and an appropriate penalty will be implemented. (This may range from a failing grade on an assignment to an “F” for the course, in addition to writing letters of reflection and apology to UCB’s administration.)


Please turn off or silence your cell phone before you come into class. Also, please, no texting, no browsing the web, and no emailing during class. Please. I'm asking nicely.

Students with Disabilities

Students needing accommodations should speak with me after class or during office hours and see to learn about Berkeley’s policy.