*How is this class related to 6.041x?*

The material covered, and the resources (videos, etc.) are largely the same, but homeworks and exams contain revised and new problems.

*What textbook do I need for the course?*

None - there is no required textbook. The class follows closely the text I *ntroduction to Probability, 2nd edition, by Bertsekas and Tsitsiklis, Athena Scientific, 2008.* (See the publisher's website or Amazon.com for more information.) However, while this textbook is recommended as supplemental reading, the materials provided by this course are self-contained.

*What is the format of the class?*

The course material is organized along units, each unit containing between one and three lecture sequences. (For those who purchase the textbook, each unit corresponds to a chapter.) Each lecture sequence consists of short video clips,interwovenwith short problems to test your understanding. Each unit also contains a wealth of supplementary material, including videos that go through the solutions to various problems.

*How much do I need to work for this class?*

This is an ambitious class in that it covers a lot of material in substantial depth. In addition, MIT considers that the best way to master the subject is by actually solving on your own a fair number of problems. MIT students who take the corresponding residential class typically report an average of 11-12 hours spent each week, including lectures, recitations, readings, homework, and exams.