Other advantages of genetics are that the basic laws can be very simply and briefly stated, but that it also provides examples of the full range of probability ideas we encounter in MATH/STAT 394-5-6. A disadvantage is that there is some basic terminology and facts to learn. These will be kept to a minimum.
Anna Schneider, a UW senior, wrote some notes on these basic laws and terminology, as part of an Undergraduate Summer Research Project, in Summer 1998. We owe her a big thank you -- without her work, this would be a lot harder.
The examples (for example 2.3) are intended just to make sure you understand. The problems (for example 2.4) should be straightforward -- again these are just to make sure you are following ok. If you have difficuly with any of these problems/examples PLEASE LET ME KNOW. Note that Anna has not taken probability. Where she writes "what proportion", that just means "what is the probability". Where she writes "how many...", I have edited it to "on average, how many ..." ... that is just the number times the probability for each -- remember a probability is just a long-run frequency.
1. Introduction to Genetics
2. Mendelian segregation
3. Population allele frequencies
4. X-linked Traits
5. Joint inheritance of traits
6. Recombination as a Poisson process
7. Binomial and multinomial counts
8. Normal approximations and normally distributed genetic traits
9. The process of meiosis