Skip to main content # ‘18.600: Probability and Random Variables’

## Table of contents

- Course Info
- Realistic Prerequisites
- Subject Matter
- Course Staff
- Lectures
- Problem Sets
- Exams
- Resources
- Grading
- Advice to Future Students

## Course Info

Class Size | 229 |

Hours/Week | 8.9 (64 responses) |

Instructors | Jonathan Kelner |

Overall Rating | 5.8/7.0 |

## Realistic Prerequisites

- Students believe the content of 18.01 and 18.02 is required.
- Students recommend having some proof-writing experience, but that this isn’t required.

## Subject Matter

- Most thought it was largely applied, foundational and useful.
- Students thought it would be helpful for further work in math, physics and computer science.

## Course Staff

- Course staff were
**engaging** and **approachable**. - Prof. Kelner was willing to talk with students extensively after class.

## Lectures

- Most students found lectures well paced, and concepts were explained thoroughly.
- Students said office hours helped them reinforce the lecture content.

## Problem Sets

- Students found the psets interesting, and not too challenging.
- Students found the lectures prepared them well for the psets.

## Exams

- Students found that the exams were tough to complete in the given time.
- Grade cutoffs were adjusted due to low exam scores.

## Resources

- Students used the textbook, lecture slides, and class recordings.

## Grading

- Grading was fair
- Harder exams were curved to reflect the difficulty.

## Advice to Future Students

*“Take with friends! Good content”* *“The class is much easier with pset groups.”*