The course will have two closed book exams and a final exam. The mid-term
exams will be given in class in roughly the sixth and thirteenth weeks of the
There will be a homework set due every other class period. This seems to be
a nice compromise between daily homework where there is little time to
assimilate information, and weekly problem sets which allow a long time to
pass without thinking deeply about the material
Each student will be allowed to have at most two late homework assignment
during the semester.
The late homeworks will be accepted up to seven days after the due date,
with or without excuse,
and without penalty.
Each student will be required to come to class each day prepared to ask a
question. The question may be about that days reading assignment, or about
material we have covered previously. Any student who is called upon and
is not prepared to ask the required number of questions will have to ask an
additional question for the next class.
The final grade for the course will be determined by your performance
on the homework, the two midterm exams, and the final exam according
to the following algorithm:
Midterm #1 25%%
Midterm #2 25%
Final exam 30%
Letter grades will be assigned according to the following guidelines:
R: < 49, D: 50-64, C: 65-74, B: 75-84, A: > 85
Adjustments to this scheme may be made if there is some operator-error in
making up the tests.
Any cheating on any mid-term or final exam
will, at minimum, result in failure on that test, at maximum, in
failure for the course. The incident will be reported to the Dean of
Students per University policy.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, receiving aid from another student,
giving aid to another student, or use of unauthorized materials.