Undergraduate Teaching 2017-18

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Engineering Tripos Part IB, 2P7: Probability, 2017-18


Prof C Rasmussen

Timing and Structure

1 or 2 lectures per week in weeks 1-4. 6 lectures.


The aims of the course are to:

  • Show how concepts of probability can be applied to engineering applications.


As specific objectives, by the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Explain and use simple ideas of probability, mean, variance, etc.
  • Manipulate random variables and probability density functions.
  • Solve simple statistical problems of engineering importance.


Probability and Statistics

  • Probability.
  • Conditional probability and independence.
  • Permutations and combinations.
  • Binomial and Poisson distributions.
  • Expectation of a discrete random variable.
  • Variance and standard deviation.
  • Probability density function for a continuous random variable.
  • Mean and variance.
  • Normal and exponential distribution.
  • Tests of significance and confidence intervals

Further Information

Further information, including details of each lecture and hand-outs are available here: http://mlg.eng.cam.ac.uk/teaching/1BP7


Please see the Booklist for Part IB Courses for references for this module.

Examination Guidelines

Please refer to Form & conduct of the examinations.

Last modified: 16/04/2018 13:29

Lateness penalties for IIA Guide

For coursework submitted after the given deadline a penalty of 1 mark per week or part week that the work is late will be applied.  For Full Technical Reports (FTRs) the penalty is 2 marks per week or part week that the work is late.

There are a number of reasons why it may not be possible to submit on time, please refer to the Rearranging coursework and allowances guidelines for guidance.

Last updated on 26/01/2018 14:11

Teaching duties item for Lent 2018 newsletter

We have already begun the process of allocating teaching duties for the academic year 2018-19.  Between 30 January and 1 March each Subject Group chair plus (where appropriate) Heads of Divisions will attend a meeting with the Teaching Office (Claire Barlow, Alexandre Kabla and Alison Burgess). The outcome of the meeting should be an agreed list of staff assigned to every teaching duty. By the end of Lent term staff should know what their duties will be and have agreed to them.

Last updated on 24/01/2018 13:25


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