The midterm will be held in class on May 6. There will be seven homeworks; the lowest one will be dropped in calculating your grade.
We will have short problem-sessions in some lectures. Your class participation grade will be based on your performance in these problem-sessions. The top ten question answerers in Piazza will get the participation grades for free.
Homeworks should be done and submitted in groups of one or two. A single homework should be submitted per group. Please write the name of your group members clearly on your homework submission. Collaboration with anyone inside or outside the class except for your group member is not allowed.
Please email me the name of your group member by Thursday April 10. If you are working alone, please also let me know by April 10. If you need a group partner, please post on the Piazza discussion group for the class.
Homeworks will contain a mix of programming and pen-and-paper assignments. You can use any programming language and any math/scientific library for your programming assignments. Libraries may be used for auxiliary tasks (such as matrix multiplication, matrix inversion, and so on), however you must write code for the algorithms yourself. If you use an external library, it is your responsibility to make sure that the library behaves correctly. Please submit a printout of your code along with your homework.
Homeworks and exams will be graded based on correctness and clarity . It is your responsiblity to write down clear arguments that make sense; if we cannot make sense of your argument based on what you have written, we cannot give you credit.
A regrade request for the midterm should be accompanied by a one-page written report on why we should consider a regrade of your midterm. A regrade request will not be considered without the written report. Finally, while I am happy to discuss the technical and intellectual content of the homeworks/exams in office hours, I will not discuss grading.
In particular, students should not look for answers to homework problems in other texts or on the internet. You may use other texts as a general study tool, and may accidentally see solutions to homework problems. In this case, write up the final solution without consulting the text, and acknowledge the text on the first page of your solutions. Such a solution may be given partial or no credit if it follows the text too closely. This policy applies to all material on the web (except on this year's class webpage), discussions with others who are either students or not (except the instructor or TA, or other students as part of office hours), or written notes from others, whether students or not, (except class notes). You should acknowledge all supplementary texts or other sources that had solutions to homework problems, and anyone who helped with assignments, except the instructor and the TA.
Incidents which violate the University's rules on integrity of scholarship will be taken seriously. In addition to receiving a zero (0) on the assignment/exam in question, students may also face other penalties, up to and including, expulsion from the University. If you have any doubts about the moral and/or ethical implications of an activity regarding the course, please see the instructors.