Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
6.050J/2.110J – Information, Entropy and Computation – Spring 2014

Unit 5: Probability

Probability is nothing but common sense reduced to calculation
Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749–1827)


Lecture Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014, 1:00 PM Room 5-234
Recitation Friday, Mar 7, 2014, 1:00 PM Room 5-234

Lecture Handouts

Students who for any reason did not receive these items can pick them up in Room 38-344. Most of this material is also available on the 6.050J/2.110J Web site

Reading Assignment




General Technical Books

There are many excellent texts on probability, many of which do not assume a familiarity with mathematics beyond introductory calculus. Most books on communications include a summary of the necessary background in probability.

Help Wanted

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