TA Office hours: Monday, 1PM – 3PM, Halligan 127
By the end of the semester, students should be able to:
We will loosely follow chapters from the books below:
Problem Sets, Tests, and Projects
Problem sets: Five (5) problem sets (roughly matching the major course sections) will be given during the class. Any material regarding the set solution will be submitted electronically. Homework will be due one week from assigned date at midnight. Late assignments are penalized at 20% for each 24 hours’ delay. No homework will be accepted after one week. If serious illness prevents you from completing a homework assignment on time, you should report your illness using the Illness Notification Form1, after which alternate arrangements can be made. Illnesses of this severity must be reported before the assignment in question is due.
Tests: There will be three (3) tests over the course of the semester (see the tentative schedule below). The tests will be a combination of multiple choices and open‐ended answers. Books must be closed and no electronic devices are allowed. If, for any reason you must miss a test, you must inform me before the day of the exam and schedule a make‐up session. Please Note: If you wish to dispute a grade, it is mandatory that you do so within one week of receiving the grade. After such a term, the grade will be considered final.
Final projects: This course requires a final project that will be presented at the end of the semester. A list of suggestions will be available on Piazza as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to propose a topic or a specific problem they would like to solve. However, in such a case, the student is strongly advised to present his/her idea to me first. It is possible that the difficulty of the project might exceed the level set by this class.
Final grades: You must show proficiency in all grading areas to pass the class. A failing average (below 50%) in any of the grading areas (problem sets, tests and projects) will result in a failing grade in the class.
Your final grade will be determined using the following percentage breakdown:
|Behavior and Attitude||Matters a great deal|
Piazza will be our primary mean of communication. All course announcements will also be made through Piazza.
Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, we encourage you to post your questions as a public discussion. You are also encouraged to help each other, as long as the question does not contain any code or portion of a problem set answer. In such a case, the question must be made private (please, refer to the section Academic Honesty below).
To schedule office hours outside the posted times, please email any of the teaching staff or post a private message on Piazza.
Science is, to its core, a collaborative effort. The advantages of coming together for examination or comparison, sometimes even just to explain the problem, are well known. I strongly encourage students to discuss course material, problems, and applications outside the classroom with the teaching staff and other students. You are also encouraged to form study groups for the tests.
Having said that, integrity and honesty are equally important qualities of any future academic, scientist or engineer. We take plagiarism very seriously. You must do homework, the problem sets and the final projects on your own. If you need help, the teaching staff will be more than happy to help you!
We are required to report any suspected violation of academic integrity to the University's Judicial Officer. As described in Tufts' brochure on academic integrity, penalties for violation can be very severe, including suspension or expulsion from Tufts. If any student does not understand these terms or any outlined in the Academic Code of Conduct2, it is his/her responsibility to talk to the instructor.