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Name of course : Introduction to Probability and Distribution Theory
Description : Basic concepts of probability and distribution theory for students in the physical sciences, computer science and engineering. Provides the background necessary to begin study of statistical estimation, inference, regression analysis, and analysis of variance.
Prerequisites : MA 241
Corequisites : MA 242
Comments :
Average user rating : 2.77
Average GPA of classes in course : 2.44
Std. dev. of classes in course : 0.44
Percentile within all courses : 6%
Percentile within department courses : 1%
 Spring 2010
Class Instructor Days Time Books Users
ST 371 section 001 Sun MWF 130PM-220PM 0 0
ST 371 section 002 Sun MWF 1225PM-115PM 0 0
 Spring 2006
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Thompson % 0
ST 371 section 003 Thompson % 1
 Fall 2005
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Thompson % 0
ST 371 section 002 Thompson % 2
 Sum I 2005
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Gerig % 0
 Spring 2005
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Gerig % 3
ST 371 section 002 Thompson % 3
 Fall 2004
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Reiland % 11
ST 371 section 002 Thompson % 8
ST 371 section 003 Thompson % 3
 Sum I 2004
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Gerig % 1
 Spring 2004
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Thompson % 7
ST 371 section 002 Smith % 14
 Fall 2003
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Anderson 2.55 1.10 66% 9
ST 371 section 002 Thompson 2.71 1.18 77% 9
ST 371 section 003 Thompson 3.31 1.08 100% 3
 Sum I 2003
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Doi % 3
 Spring 2003
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Ridgeway 2.00 1.42 16% 13
ST 371 section 002 Basten 2.81 1.11 83% 9
 Fall 2002
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Smith 3.09 0.91 94% 17
ST 371 section 002 Ridgeway 1.93 1.38 11% 8
ST 371 section 003 Ridgeway 2.22 1.40 38% 5
 Sum I 2002
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 % 4
 Spring 2002
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Ridgeway 2.50 1.42 61% 9
ST 371 section 002 Smith 2.71 1.18 77% 13
ST 371 section 003 % 0
 Fall 2001
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Smith 3.05 1.00 88% 4
ST 371 section 002 Ridgeway 2.08 1.41 27% 4
ST 371 section 003 Ridgeway 1.64 1.36 5% 5
 Spring 2001
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Ridgeway 2.23 1.59 44% 1
 Fall 2000
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 002 Ridgeway 2.18 1.48 33% 3
 Spring 2000
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Sen 2.47 1.43 55% 1
 Fall 1999
Class Instructor GPA Std. Dev. Percentile Users
ST 371 section 001 Elston 2.08 1.49 27% 0
ST 371 section 002 Ridgeway 2.44 1.42 50% 0
 User Ratings
KrispeyG
Veteran
256 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :Statistics in a useful way.
class :Spring 2002 section 001
grade received :A
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :1 page cheat sheet per test.
instructor :Ridgeway
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :Hilarious guy, very nice with a lot of good stories.
Listener
Veteran
295 Posts
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course :ST 371
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :Nice teacher, i had a conflict with him about the final though and it was never resolved. He doesn't care if you are in the hospital dying, you won't be able to take a test early, later, or whenever
class :Spring 2002 section 002
grade received :N/A
class rating :2 - Average
class comments :His tests were multiple choice, pass/fail kinda thing. I would think they were easy when i took them but when i got them back i did terrible.
instructor :Smith
instructor rating :3 - Good
instructor comments :I think he is funny and I did learn something. Some people thought the tests were easy. *shrug* Wish that would have been me.
tomloes
All American
1646 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :The material had potential to be interesting.
class :Spring 2002 section 002
grade received :N/A
class rating :1 - Bad
class comments :I have a theory. Since our teacher (Supposedly Smith) is really into gambling, I believe he is not smith at all, and instead is a random gambler that lost a big bet to smith and now has to teach his class. I say this because his teaching method was putting things up on the overhead. And not working any problems. Also it took 2 weeks to return the tests, which means he had to take the tests to the real Smith to have him grade them, which took longer.
instructor :Smith
instructor rating :1 - Bad
instructor comments :His obsession with Gambling was interesting. But by the end I just wanted to cut off his skanky beard and make a rope out of it and hang him with it... Take someone else unless you have a lot of free time to read a cryptic text book
radu
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1240 Posts
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course :ST 371
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :
class :Spring 2002 section 002
grade received :A
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :
instructor :Smith
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :smith is the man
HaLo
All American
12986 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :Not a bad class. Covered a lot of material some was difficult some was pretty easy. Not really intersting and required some work in understanding all of it. Required for IE.
class :Fall 2002 section 003
grade received :B
class rating :3 - Good
class comments :Not much of an attendance policy but I found that my ass had to be in the chair for me to learn. Class was in the exact time prescribed. Ridgeway seemed to be assholish with giving a zero on late homework (by late I mean even 30 seconds later than when he started class). Material was quickly covered and SOME examples were covered. Not nearly enough for myself. 2 exams were 5 questions choose 4, final was 6 choose 5. Not difficult if you know the material and he's not trying to trick you.
instructor :Ridgeway
instructor rating :2 - Average
instructor comments :He was average. A decent guy before class but not really a great teacher. He wasn't inspiring enough. He just presented the material and did the examples from the book on the board. He did speak clearly but his explanations were sometimes rushed and were not coherent enough.
Karen61
All American
569 Posts
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course :ST 371
course rating :2 - Average
course comments :At first the material was pretty easy, but then got steadily harder.
class :Spring 2003 section 001
grade received :N/A
class rating :0 - Horrible
class comments :The class was hard and it was very hard to keep up. He sends out no email. You did not have to attend class, but if you didn't, you were fucked b/c homework wasn't listed on a website anywhere and you'd miss an assignment. The most important thing- there are only 2 tests with 4 graded problems on them and there is NO PARTIAL CREDIT. Your test grade depends on you getting the exact answer on only eight problems through the whole semester. And those problems are pretty complex and on months
instructor :Ridgeway
instructor rating :1 - Bad
instructor comments :He's an okay guy but he makes the class a lot harder than it needs to be. I wouldn't recommend taking him.
Amos26
New Recruit
15 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :1 - Bad
course comments :Very hard and confusing.
class :Spring 2003 section 001
grade received :D-
class rating :0 - Horrible
class comments :I did the homework and got 40's and 50's on the HW. It was hard to get help. The tests were hard but you get to choose one problem to skip (eg. answer 4 out of 5 questions)
instructor :Ridgeway
instructor rating :1 - Bad
instructor comments :He was not friendly, and made you feel dumb if you asked a question. Did not offer much help out of class.
FratBoi
All American
5085 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :2 - Average
course comments :
class :Spring 2003 section 001
grade received :N/A
class rating :1 - Bad
class comments :
instructor :Ridgeway
instructor rating :1 - Bad
instructor comments :
Patman
All American
5871 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :The material in this course ranges from interesting to blah. I did well on the first half of the class, and then not so well on the 2nd half.
class :Spring 2003 section 002
grade received :B
class rating :3 - Good
class comments :The grade is based solely on tests. you have 5 tests and he drops the lowest one, very fair I think.
instructor :Basten
instructor rating :3 - Good
instructor comments :I like him. He made a few good examples. His lectures consisted mostly of examples, which is appropriate for this kind of material.
JP
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16771 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :Pretty good for my first stats class......ive heard 301/302 will be easier, so I'd say maybe take 371/372 first so you can coast though the others if you are doing a stats minor.
class :Sum I 2003 section 001
grade received :A
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :The material was quite problematic at first b/c this was my first statistics class at State (or ever). But then I got the hang of things......GET THE ANSWER GUIDE FOR THE HW QUESTIONS....IT CAN BE HELPFUL
instructor :Doi
instructor rating :3 - Good
instructor comments :INSTRUCTOR WAS GERIG (NOT DOI).......he was pretty good with teaching the material, but really just read from his lectures on the overhead....but the assignments were usually graded and returned the next day.
NCSU DryVer
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3901 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :2 - Average
course comments :Course material isnt particularly difficult. Not interesting either.
class :Fall 2003 section 001
grade received :C
class rating :2 - Average
class comments :Though the material was not difficult, the curriculum was terribly hurried. Class usually went longer than it shouldve.
instructor :Anderson
instructor rating :2 - Average
instructor comments :She is a good teacher in that she can relate the material well and she makes herself available for help and she works hard and she has a friendly attitude. HOWEVER, she rushed through the material, relying heavily on the students being INTUITIVE enough to keep up. She also required us to STUDY THE MATH BOOK (its not a theory book, its a problem book with a few hastily explained theorys - not very helpful for studying theory). Lastly, she did not grade assignments fairly.
ScHpEnXeL
Suspended
32613 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :Not too bad of a course, bunch of formula's but my teacher let you have a cheat sheet so it wasnt bad.
class :Fall 2003 section 003
grade received :B
class rating :3 - Good
class comments :No attendance policy, i came to most of the classes and made my cheat sheet off the notes and did ok overall, a little more work and it would have been an easy A.
instructor :Thompson
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :Great Teacher, not really sure how I ended up with a B, apparently he curves. NONE of my grades were in the B range that I know of (only grades are two tests, final that isnt cumulative and some announced quiz's). Anyawys, allows one piece of paper front and back for a cheat sheet every test, put all the examples on there that you can and you'll be fine.
The Coz
Tempus Fugitive
16687 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :Statistics is not the most interesting thing in the world, but it's really not bad, and certainly has a lot of practical application. I'm amazed that people came up with all of those formulas for the various distributions. Reasonable amount of material.
class :Spring 2004 section 001
grade received :A
class rating :3 - Good
class comments :The class was of medium difficulty. It did not require a lot of work out of class, but it did require some studying and making a good review sheet. Class often let out a few minutes early. Suggested homework was assigned, but never really discussed in class. It would be helpful to look at if you have trouble with the material. Buy the book used. I mainly only used it for the tables and making out a review sheet.
instructor :Thompson
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :Couldn't ask for a nicer guy. Very personable and fair in grading. Tried to make things as interesting as possible and discussed sports or movies periodically to break the monotony. Gave six quizzes during the semester and dropped the lowest two. Always willing to help out of class, although I never made use of that.
soso
All American
1168 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :2 - Average
course comments :The material was very boring, it was easy if you went to class.
class :Spring 2004 section 002
grade received :D
class rating :1 - Bad
class comments :The class was incredibly boring.
instructor :Smith
instructor rating :1 - Bad
instructor comments :A nice guy but very weird. He curved all the tests. Seemed unorganized all the time. He was a bad professor in my opinion. I felt like I learned nothing.
gjallen
Starting Lineup
92 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :kind of interesting
class :Spring 2004 section 002
grade received :B
class rating :3 - Good
class comments :Lectures are kind of scattered across the board.
instructor :Smith
instructor rating :2 - Average
instructor comments :Nice person, fair - needs some structure when giving lectures
brieland
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6839 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :2 - Average
course comments :statistics = boring + skipping...
class :Spring 2004 section 002
grade received :B-
class rating :1 - Bad
class comments :our section was boring and lectures rarely yielded anything useful...allows crib sheets on exams...final was REALLY easy...
instructor :Smith
instructor rating :0 - Horrible
instructor comments :tried to make lectures fun...which was cool, but had no recognizable organizational pattern and would ramble. tests looked like nothing he had tried to talk about or the review sheet he posted online.
Rockhead
New Recruit
17 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :Pretty useful material, relevant to any technical curriculum.
class :Spring 2004 section 002
grade received :A+
class rating :1 - Bad
class comments :The class was relatively easy, and didn't require an insane amount of work. The material was not presented in a very organized manner. I didn't have to buy the book because he had one on reserve in the library.
instructor :Smith
instructor rating :1 - Bad
instructor comments :He's very disorganized. He did well at the beginning of the semester, and was very interesting. However, the course seemed to get more and more disorganized as the semester went along.
Pack Trumpet
New Recruit
0 Posts
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course :ST 371
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :Simple statistics course. If you have never seen this stuff before, it may be a little tough.
class :Fall 2004 section 001
grade received :A
class rating :3 - Good
class comments :I had most of the information taught in high school so the class was rather boring. By the time we got to some stuff I hadn't learned previously, it was hard for me to get involved and learn the material. Probably would have had an A+ if I would have done better with the material at the end of the course.
instructor :Reiland
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :Dr. Reiland is a great lecturer and will help out when asked. Helps out with the homeworks in the class(es) prior to the due date.
CaLiL4HoLL
New Recruit
30 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :2 - Average
course comments :really easy in the beginning then starts to get harder cuz its all probablity...not too much material though
class :Fall 2004 section 001
grade received :A-
class rating :3 - Good
class comments :class wasn't too difficult, didn't require much work just 12 webassigns during the whole semester, no attendence policy, i didn't buy the book you dont really need it, let us have a notecard on all tests, final wasnt cumulative
instructor :Reiland
instructor rating :3 - Good
instructor comments :spoke clearly, nice guy, tries to make funny unc jokes...didnt really get back to me on a lot of emails about the webassigns though
PeterG85
New Recruit
0 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :2 - Average
course comments :
class :Fall 2004 section 001
grade received :A
class rating :2 - Average
class comments :
instructor :Reiland
instructor rating :1 - Bad
instructor comments :
virga
All American
2019 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :Interesting topics, you can see it being really applied to outside the classroom stuff. Moderate difficulty -- some of could be tricky, but it definitely wasn't rocket science.
class :Fall 2004 section 002
grade received :N/A
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :Class wasn't that bad..like i said above, could be tricky, but isn't rocket science. We would get out sometimes a few minutes early, laid back.
instructor :Thompson
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :He is the MAN. Awesome guy, funny, laid back, humorous. He'll talk sports and movies with the class before class...he's very thorough in the examples, very accessable outside of class. He is the guy to take for any course in statistics. Teaches 372, too.
rosschilen
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1025 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :Not a bad class. None of the concepts were too difficult.
class :Fall 2004 section 002
grade received :A
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :if you have to take 371 do it with thompson
instructor :Thompson
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :Great teacher. Kept stats interesting and was easy to take notes from. He game 2 tests and 6 quizes(only top 4 counted). I would definitely recommend taking him.
ncsu_engr
Veteran
146 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :gives an overview of the various concepts of statistics
class :Fall 2004 section 003
grade received :A
class rating :3 - Good
class comments :class is easy as long as you do the homeworks, come to class, and do well on the class quizzes
instructor :Thompson
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :i think he did a very good job of explaining the concepts. A couple of questions on his tests can be difficult at times, but great teacher overall.
Laytox
New Recruit
3 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :2 - Average
course comments :Kinda boring material... just stats and probability stuff. Not too challenging.
class :Spring 2005 section 001
grade received :N/A
class rating :2 - Average
class comments :Was required for me, but wasnt too hard. The class was really really boring, and I never went. All the notes were online, which helped a LOT. You get one cheat sheet per test, which also helped a LOT. Really not too difficult of a class if you make sure to read the notes online and make a cheat sheet for the tests. Attendance is not required, nor is it really necessary.
instructor :Gerig
instructor rating :2 - Average
instructor comments :Was kinda boring, but didnt really have much to work with. I never really went to class cause I never stayed awake if I did. Seemed pretty nice when I approached him a couple times outside of class.
DaMan22384
New Recruit
0 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :3 - Good
course comments :Difficult course. Very fast paced.
class :Spring 2005 section 002
grade received :N/A
class rating :3 - Good
class comments :Explains topics very well. Gives a couple examples, but suggested homework is the main tool for learning.
instructor :Thompson
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :Dr. Thompson is a cool guy. He is kind of funny and creates a great atmosphere for the class.
joshuawillis
New Recruit
12 Posts
user info
course :ST 371
course rating :4 - Awesome
course comments :
class :Spring 2006 section 003
grade received :A+
class rating :4 - Awesome
class comments :
instructor :Thompson
instructor rating :4 - Awesome
instructor comments :

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