Stats 515, Statistics I
Fall 2017

This is the coursewide-webpage for all sections of Stats 515. For information on individual sections of Stats 515, please consult the homepages of the individual instructors.

Course chair

Mike Sullivan, LGRT 1323G. My email is my last name at math dot umass dot edu

Sections and Instructors

Class Number Section Instructor Location Meeting Time
36541 515.01 Eric Hall LGRC A201 2:30-3:45, TuTh
36542 515.02 Mike Sullivan LGRC A201 12:20-1:10 MWF
36570 515.03 Anna Liu LGRC A201 1:25-2:15 MWF
36574 515.04 Eric Hall LGRC A201 1:00-2:15 TuTh
36594 515.05 Mike Sullivan LGRC A201 11:15-12:05 MWF

TA office hours/recitations

These office hourse/recitations are optional and intended for all sections. In addition to answering questions (for example, on upcoming HW), the TAs can also present solutions to previous HW. Please try to attend one of these.

  • Monday 2-3pm, LGRT 1114 (11th floor), Dongah Kim (dkim at math dot umass dot edu)
  • Tuesday 4-5pm, LGRT 1334 (13th floor) Yuqing Xing (yuqing at math dot umass dot edu)
  • Weds 4-5pm, LGRT 0121 (1st floor), Rong Zhang (zhang at math dot umass dot edu)
  • Thurs 10-11am, LGRT 1322 (13th floor), Dongah Kim
  • Thurs 5-6pm, LGRT 1234 (12th floor), Rong Zhang

  • Instructor office hours

    These hours may not be up-to-date, so please consult individual instructors' homepages or section pages for up-to-date information. They are open to all Stats 515 students from all sections.

  • Eric Hall, Tuesday 11:00-12:00, Thursday 11:00-12:00, Thursday 4:00-5:00 in LGRT 1422B
  • Anna Liu, Thursday 2:00-3:00 in LGRT 1438
  • Michael Sullivan, Monday 10:00-11:00, Wednesday 10:00-11:00, Wednesday 1:15-2:15 in LGRT 1323G

  • Textbook

    Class Material by Section


    Two semesters of single variable calculus (Math 131-132) or the equivalent, with a grade of "C" or better in Math 132. Math 233 is required for this course. However, some necessary concepts for multiple integration or partial derivatives will be re-introduced in the course as needed.



    The midterms will cover separate topics. The final is cummulative but emphasis on post-midterm 2 material. As with almost all math and stats class, the material is sequential and so material on one exam is built on material of the previous exams. Each exam will contain (tentatively) 4 problems, often with parts. You may bring one standard (8.5 by 11)-inch double-sided sheet of paper to each exam, with your hand-written notes. You may bring a calculator. No devices with internet access are allowed. Since you are making your own one-page study guide for the exam, no fomula sheet will be provided by the instructors. Although Midterm 2 and/or the Final may contain some of the distribution tables that are located in Appendix 3 of the textbook.

    Make-up exams

    If you have a University-approved conflict (see the link in this paragraph) with an exam, you must let your instructor know at least two weeks before the exam. A make-up exam might be scheduled to take place shortly after the regularly scheduled exam. If so, the make-up exam will be different than the original but cover the same material. You will need to fill out the following sheet signed by the Registrar's office, explaining to your instructor why you are entitled to a make-up. Make sure to not book any travel during exams, including the snow-make-up date for the final. Travel is not an excuse to miss the exam. If a last-minute emergency occurs after the two-week deadline, you will need to present to your instructor a note either from your medical provider for medical emergencies or from the Office of the Dean of Students for non-medical emergencies.

    Old exams

    Below are various exams, without solutions, from Stats 515 in previous semesters. Note that the format, such as number of problems, varies. This is because the course chair also varies. Moreover, the exams dates are not always at the same point in the semester. So for example, some material on midterm 1 from one class might appear on midterm 2 of another class.

  • Here is a link to the Fall 2015 Midterm 1.
  • Here is a link to the Spring 2016 Midterm 1.
  • Here is a link to the Fall 2016 Midterm 1. (in draft form)
  • Here is a link to the Spring 2017 Midterm 1.
  • Here is a link to the Spring 2016 Midterm 2.
  • Here is a link to the Fall 2016 Midterm 2.
  • Here is a link to the Spring 2017 Midterm 2.
  • Here is a link to the Fall 2015 Final.
  • Here is a link to the Spring 2016 Final.
  • Here is a link to the Fall 2016 Final.
  • Here is a link to the Spring 2017 Final.
  • Here are two quizzes from Fall 2015, which some students took instead of a Midterm 2 that semester. Quiz , Another Quiz .