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SM316 Eng. Math w/ Prob. & Stats

On this page, you will find information for SM316, Engineering Mathematics with Probability and Statistics.

Course Objectives: At the end of this course, midshipmen are expected to:

  • use the concept and properties and theorems about probability and probability distributions to model real life phenomena and to compute and interpret probabilities of events.
  • use statistical methods to estimate parameters a population from a sample and interpret the results.
  • perform matrix computations and use basic spectral theory to analyze the structure of a matrix.


Below you will find assignments and course material. 

Textbook: Probability & Statistics for Engineers & Scientists, 9th Edition, by Walpole, Myers, Myers & Ye and Beginning Linear Algebra (Schaum’s outlines), by Seymour Lipschutz

Syllabus: Posted here.

Course Policies: Posted here


  • HW1, Due 16 JAN 2019 (Solutions). 
  • HW2, Due 25 JAN 2019. Now Due 28 JAN 2019 (Solutions). 
  • HW3, Due 04 FEB 2019 (Solutions).
  • HW4, Due 11 FEB 2019 (Solutions).
  • HW5, Due 04 MAR 2019 (Solutions). 
  • HW6, Due 20 MAR 2019 (Solutions).
  • HW7, Due 27 MAR 2019 (Solutions).
  • HW8, Due 08 APR 2019 Due 10 APR 2019 (Solutions). 
  • HW9, Due 17 APR 2019 (Solutions). 
  • HW10, Due 24 APR 2019 (Solutions). 

Tips and suggestions for writing up your homework:

An example of written homework solutions. Note that these solutions are typed, but yours may be hand written. 

  • Observe rules of academic integrity.  Handing in plagiarized work, whether copied from a fellow student or off the web, is not acceptable. Plagiarism cases will lead to sanctions.
  • Homework is collected at the beginning of the class period on the due date. You can bring the homework earlier to the instructor's office or email it.
  • Working in groups on homework assignments is strongly encouraged; however, every student must write their own assignments.
  • Organize your work neatly. Use proper English. Write in complete English or mathematical sentences. Answers should be simplified as much as possible. If the answer is a simple fraction or expression, a decimal answer from a calculator is not necessary. For some exercises, you will need a calculator to get the final answer.
  • Put problems in the correct order and staple your pages together.
  • Do not use paper torn out of a binder.
  • Be neat. There should not be text crossed out.
  • Recopy your problems. Do not hand in your rough draft or first attempt.
  • Papers that are messy, disorganized or unreadable cannot be graded.

Useful Information

  • Study Skills: The value you get out of this course is proportional to the effort you put into it. Keep in mind that the primary goal (and your responsibility) is not just doing the problems, but rather understanding the material. Exercises that ask for verbal explanations should be answered in complete sentences. Suggestions on how to study mathematics may be found on pp. 8-10 of the Academic Center's Academic Success Handbook.
  • Addition sources of extra instruction:
    • The Midshipman Group Study Program (MGSP) will be available evenings from Sunday through Thursday. Upper-class midshipmen will help you work on mathematics problems in groups. More information will be available early in the semester. 
    • The evening tutor program may be accessed using Starfish. See here for details.
    • The Academic Center offers non-credit voluntary Supplemental Instruction Classes. 
  • Supplementary material: The mathematics department website has practice tests, old exams, and other useful material

Modifications of the syllabus: Your instructor may modify the schedule and list of problems.

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