strongly encourage you to find an hour to attend office hours from time to time. Students should email me
only for personal matters.
There is one midterm exam and a comprehensive final exam.
The midterm exam will be given in class on February 12. These are the only times these exams will be
offered – please see information on grading below. The final exam is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 at
6:30 PM. DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE IF YOU CANNOT TAKE THE FINAL EXAM
AT THE SCHEDULED TIME. The exams will require you to demonstrate your understanding of the
materials covered in lectures and to solve new problems using what you have learned in the course.
Students are allowed a single sheet of notes - 8.5 inches x 11 inches, single sided, hand written - for their
reference during the exam. When necessary, critical value tables will be provided with the exam. Notes
not in compliance with these guidelines will be confiscated. Other than this sheet, a non-cell phone based
calculator and a pencil, no other materials are allowed to be reviewed during the exam. The textbook is
not allowed during exams. The use of any non-calculator electronic devices: cell phones, PDAs, etc. are
also prohibited during the exams and will be confiscated until the exam is complete. Once graded, exams
will be returned to you in your TA discussion sections. If you leave with your exams, you will not be able
to have them regraded.
In addition to the exams, problem sets will be assigned biweekly to support your understanding and are
due to your TAs either in person or electronically before 5PM on the indicated due date. You may work
together, but you are expected to write your own code and turn in your own assignments. Please be sure
your homework is turned in on time: the TAs may demonstrate the solutions as a part of their discussion
section materials and late assignments will not be accepted. Finally, we encourage participation through
the use of the course forums. Please make use of the course website to ask (and answer) each other’s
questions. Helping other students here directly contributes to your grade in the course.
The problem sets will contribute 20% to your final grade.
Active participation in class, TA sections, or on the course forums contributes 5% to your final grade.
The exams will constitute the remaining 75% in one of two ways:
1) For students whose final exam is worse than their midterm, the midterm will contribute 30% and
the final 45%
2) For all other students, the final exam will count for 75%
This grading scheme is designed to give students an opportunity to succeed after one errant exam, avoid
undue weight on any single exam, and ensure equitable treatment in the unusual case that any student has
to miss the midterm exam for any reason. As a result, no makeup exams will be offered.
Grading will be done as fairly as is possible by your TAs. You may review your exam with your TA in
office hours, or the TA may review them in discussion section. Mistakes in grading are rare but
sometimes happen and we want to correct them when they occur. Grading disputes are allowed for one
week after the return of exams. If you leave with your exams, you will not be able to have them regraded