When attending class, please act in a manner that maintains a positive
learning environment. Avoid behavior that may be distracting to your
classmates or your instructor.
You should schedule your activities in a way that allows you to arrive before
the start of class, and remain throughout the entire class period. If it
should be necessary to arrive late or leave early, please do so with a minimum
of commotion. In particular, you should make an effort to sit near the
door and at the end of a row.
At times during the course, you may need to talk to your neighbor to check a
fact or clarify a point. Lengthy discussions, however, are to be avoided. If
you find yourself involved in more than a brief exchange, you should consider
raising your hand and asking your instructor to clarify the point. Chances
are that you are not the only one feeling confused.
This is a very important topic, and one about which I feel quite strongly.
For the purposes of this course adhering to Carnegie Mellon's
Statement on Academic Integrity means primarily one thing: making sure
that work you turn in for credit is yours and yours alone.
This does not mean you can't work with other students. Indeed I
strongly encourage you to form study groups. Working together to find
solutions to homework problems or while studying for exams benefits
everyone involved. When someone explains something to you, you gain
the benefits of their understanding. Explaining topics to another
student forces you to clarify your own ideas.
It is clear that when an exam begins collaboration stops, and each
student works alone to complete the problems. But what does it mean
for a homework paper to be "your own work"? Once you have found a
solution, you should write it up by yourself. You may need to refer
to notes you have taken while collaborating, but you should not be
referring to other peoples written work while producing your own.
Now proceed to the First Homework Assignment
Save your receipt.
- Your graded assignment is your "receipt". You should hold on to all of
your work until you receive your final grade. From time to time grades do
get recorded incorrectly. Changes to the grade record cannot be made,
however, without evidence that such a change is warranted.
- If you wish to dispute your grade on an assignment, it must be presented
to your instructor before the next exam.
How to succeed in this course (and elsewhere).
- Attendance will not be taken in this class, however, it is expected that
you will attend class regularly. If you do miss a class it is your
responsibility to find out
what was covered and whether any important announcements were made.
- The single most important thing that you should do is work out
125% of the homework. Even if your schedule ensures that you can not
finish before the assignment is due, you should still do the assigned
problems, along with an assortment of unassigned problems, as a study
- Collaboration on homework is a
good thing. You are encouraged to discuss the homework and to work together on
the problems, but each student is responsible for the final preparation of
his or her own homework
papers. For your own good,
this does not mean simply copying another's work; the object is
understanding, not penmanship.
- The course is a 9 unit course, which nominally means that you
should expect to spend 9 hours per week on the material (3 in class
and 6 outside the classroom). The real time needed will vary, of
course, but if you find that you are spending much more time than
this, it is likely that you are "spinning your wheels", and that you
should seek help from any of the various sources available to you:
these include your instructor, your TA, your fellow students, the
learning center and the tutoring center.
- Like all mathematics, the material in the course cannot be learned
passively. However reasonable, simple, or rational you may find what you
read or hear, you do not understand it if
you cannot apply it yourself. Thus it is imperative that you test
yourself by doing problems. If you have difficulty with a problem, ask
your instructor or your fellow students about it; do not suppose that your
will cure itself without treatment.
If bad comes to worse...
- If, due to illness or another legitimate reason, you are unable to complete
the work required for this course by the end of the exam period, I will assign
a grade of I (incomplete). You must request this action and provide
documentation of the cause.
- Enrollment Services will only allow a grade of I to stand for one
semester. If the grade is not amended by that time it will revert to a
default grade (the grade you earned based on the material completed). Once
the grade reverts to the default grade I will not change it.