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Course module: 202001344
Probability Theory
Course info
Course module202001344
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact W.R.W. Scheinhardt
dr. J. de Jong
Examiner G. Meinsma
Examiner W.R.W. Scheinhardt
Contactperson for the course W.R.W. Scheinhardt
dr. J.B. Timmer
Academic year2022
Starting block
2A/  2B
RemarksPart of module 3 B-AM.
Minor students: please register for the minor!
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  • Describe and apply basic concepts of probability theory such as outcome, event, probability, conditional probability, independence, stochastic variable, distribution, distribution function, frequency function, density, expectation, moment, (co)variance, correlation coefficient and moment generating function.
  • Adequately model chance events.
  • Describe and use the most important discrete and continuous distributions and their properties.
  • Describe and apply moment generating functions, the Markov and Chebyshev inequalities, the weak and strong laws of large numbers and the central limit theorem.
  • Use the technique of conditioning for the computation of probabilities and expectations.
This course presents a mathematical foundation for the concepts associated with uncertainty and events of chance. In particular, you learn how to model events of chance as stochastic variables and some basic techniques to analyse those models. We do this both for discrete (the outcome of throwing a dice) as well as continuous (the time it takes you to drive home) variables. We relate different stochastic variables through concepts such as correlation and independence.  We introduce the concepts of conditioning to model prior information. If we have stochastic variables, which are the sum of many independent stochastic variables, then we will show that in certain cases, we can simplify the model by using the laws of large numbers.
Assumed previous knowledge
Basic Calculus skills, including Double integrals, Geometric series, Taylor series
Module 3
Participating study
Bachelor Applied Mathematics
Required materials
S.M. Ross, Introduction to probability models, 9th International Student Edition, ISBN 9780123736352
Recommended materials
Instructional modes

Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance


Probability Theory

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