Free Online Course on Fat Chance: Probability from the Ground Up

The Harvard University is offering free online course on Fat Chance: Probability from the Ground Up. This course explores the quantitative reasoning behind probability and the cumulative nature of mathematics by tracing probability and statistics back to a foundation in the principles of counting.

In this seven-week course, applicants will Increase your quantitative reasoning skills through a deeper understanding of probability and statistics. This course will start on April 25, 2018.

Course At A Glance 

Length: 7 weeks
Effort: 3-5 hours pw
Subject: Mathematics
Institution: Harvard University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $99
Session: Course Starts on April 25, 2018

Providers’ Details

Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty is engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge.

About This Course

Created for those who are new to the study of probability, or for those who are seeking an approachable review of core concepts prior to enrolling in a college-level statistics course, Fat Chance prioritizes the development of a mathematical mode of thought over rote memorization of terms and formulae.

Why Take This Course?

In Modules 1 and 2, you will be introduced to basic counting skills that you will build upon throughout the course. In Module 3, you will apply those skills to simple problems in probability. In Modules 4 through 6, you will explore how those ideas and techniques can be adapted to answer a greater range of probability problems. Lastly, in Module 7, you will be introduced to the notion of expected value, variance, and the normal distribution. You will see how to use these ideas to approximate probabilities in situations where it is difficult to calculate their exact values.

Learning Outcomes

  • An increased appreciation for, and reduced fear of, basic probability and statistics
  • How to solve combinatorial counting problems
  • How to solve problems using basic and advanced probability
  • An introductory understanding of the normal distribution and its many statistical applications
  • An ability to recognize common fallacies in probability, as well as some of the ways in which statistics are abused or simply misunderstood

Instructors

Benedict Gross
Leverett Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus
Harvard University

Joseph Harris
Higgins Professor of Mathematics
Harvard University

Emily Riehl
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
Johns Hopkins University

Requirements

High school algebra

How To Join This Course

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