21-260: Differential Equations
Frequently Asked Questions1. Administrative Matters
1. Administrative Matters
At first, nothing. Just put yourself on the waiting list, and hopefully a space will open up for you. If by the end of Week #3 you are still on the waiting list, something else probably needs to be done.
You should find a section that is not full and ask that TA if you may register for their section, while attending the other recitation. You will need to make arrangements with this TA to have all your grades recorded. This may mean turning in your homework to them at a different (earlier) time, or the TA of the section you are attending may be willing to pass them along for you.
You will also need to ask the TA of the section you will be attending to pass along your quizzes to the TA of the section for which you are registered. In addition, you will need to make arrangements to get your graded assignments back from this TA.
The only (non-cosmetic) difference that I have found is that the "course advantage edition" comes with a CD containing some additional resources. The CD is not essential for this course.
Well, the short answer is "Ask someone." But who to ask...
The obvious choices are your professor, or your TA. They will hold office hours, which will be posted on the Staff Page of the course website (eventually). If you can't make it to office hours, you can try to arrange a separate meeting. This can usually be done by email. If the question is a short one, it may be possible to resolve the matter entirely by email.
There are other options. A good one is your classmates. They are thinking about the same things, and may have the same confusions. It may be, though, that two heads are better than one, and together you can come up with the solution.
Academic development is another good resource, though they don't provide as many options for 21-260 as they do for its prerequisites.
New for 2007 is the 21-260 Blog. It may be that the matter can be resolved by reading one of the posts there. Alternatively, it may make sense to post a comment to a relevant blog post. Someone else (Instructor, TA or Student) may have the answer.
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