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CIVE.2860: Probability and Statistics for Engineers

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Welcome to Probability and Statistics for Engineers
This course is about probability and how it is measured: probability, statistics, reliability and decision with applications in engineering. Probability of events, discrete and continuous random variables, probability density functions and distributions, estimation, regression and correlation techniques, risk and reliability concepts.

Using Ebsco E-books

In order to get the most out of Ebsco e-textbooks you need to create an account in Ebsco. 

To create an Ebsco account start at the library home page, then click the Advanced Search link under the main search box, (the tab is named Article Quick Search).

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This takes you to a page with a sign in tab at the upper left.

textbox with arrowFrom here, follow the prompts.

For instance the ebook does not offer highlight functionality unless faculty and students sign in. You can create and save notes by logging into your  EBSCOhost folder. 

The publisher permissions vary between 60-100 pages and this allows the patron to take up to that page limit with no log-in or software requirement.  For EBSCO eBooks, the publisher permissions are set up by session, so that multiple patrons can take up to 60 pages at any time and they refresh once the eBook is closed.  So if you need another section or chapter, you can grab an additional 60 pages that same day or another time. 
You can also email chapters to yourself one at a time.
To Print
  1. Open the eBook in the eBook Full Text viewer.

  2. Go to the first page of the section of pages you would like to print and click the Print Pages in the tools menu above.

    The Print Pages to PDF menu is displayed.

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  3. Select to include in the PDF:

    • Current Page: Save only the page you are viewing.
    • Current Page and the next XX pages: Enter the number of pages (up to the Page Limit indicated in the box above) in the field provided.
    • This Section: Select to save the entire section or chapter of the eBook. (If available to select)
  4. Click Print PDF to open your browser's Print dialog box.

  5. Configure your print settings and click OK to print your pages.


Downloading Ebsco Ebooks

If you cannot access the above video, you can watch it here

Course Objectives

Successful completion of this course will enable you to: ​

  • apply spreadsheet programs to manipulate and analyze data
    o apply formulae, use absolute relative & addressing, plot scatter and bar graphs

  • apply basic statistical analysis tools to data:
    o calculate mean, median, standard deviation, plot histograms, etc

  • apply basic probability theory (independence, conditional & joint probabilities)

  • apply Bayes’ theorem for posterior probabilities as applied to engineering and test design

  • apply basic probability & reliability theory to different engineering situations

  • apply basic decision theory to assess the expected value of a project

  • explain and use the basic forms & properties of probability mass & density functions (PMF,
    PDF) and cumulative distribution functions (CDF)

  • explain and apply specific discrete probability functions such as Bernoulli, Binomial,

  • explain and apply specific continuous probability functions such as Normal, lognormal,
    Student t, Chi-squared

  • analyze data to assess the parameters needed for each probability function

  • utilize appropriate probability functions to estimate probabilities of occurrence for specific
    engineering cases

  • estimate the confidence intervals of the predictions made using probability functions

  • determine best-fit linear functions for (x,y) data using least-squares regression techniques