Instructor: Gregor Kovacic
Office: 420 Amos Eaton
Weekly homework will be assigned, collected, and graded. I strongly suggest that you at least look at the problems and start thinking about them on the day they are assigned. The problems will be reasonably hard, so you may need some time to think about how to solve them, and so do not delay the homework until the night before it is due. No late homework will be accepted without prior arrangement with me and a good cause.
Please do not:
- slide homework under my or the TAs' office doors,
- e-mail me or the TAs scanned homework files, especially not as a large set of single-page scans.
Neither of these forms of handing-in the homework will be accepted.
In exceptional cases, such as if you happen to be out of town, and really need to hand-in the homework to us electronically, the only way it will be accepted is the following: You scan the homework as one .pdf file, put it in the dropbox or some similar repository, and e-mail me and both TAs an access link, so we can download it.
There will be two tests. There will be no final exam for this class, so make sure you do well on the homework and/or the tests.
Your course grade will be the average of the homework grade and the two tests.
The grade cutoffs will be no stricter than
and may end up being quite a bit looser, but I won't know where exactly they will be until the very end.
I strongly encourage collaboration on the homework. You are encouraged to work in groups in which you discuss the problems and help each other out if you are stuck. However, copying is forbidden, as is partitioning the homework among several students without everybody's participation on every problem. More precisely, you may collaborate as much as you want, as long as in the end you write your homework down without looking at someone else's paper.
Copying from fellow students' homework or test, or from unallowed aids during a test, as well as using electronic means to contact helpers outside the testing room, is a breach of academic integrity. If caught, you will earn 0 points for that homework or test. If caught again, you will be sent to the Dean of Students with the recommendation that you be expelled from the class with a failing grade.
It is strictly forbidden to fish for solutions of recycled homework problems and copy them into yours. It is also strictly forbidden to resubmitt a quiz or a test for regrading with changed answers. Both such types of behavior will be considered the highest breach of academic integrity. They will immediately land you in the office of the Dean of Students with the recommendation that you be expelled from the class with a failing grade.
You are also strictly forbidden from posting homework solutions on various social media, so that other students can use them to copy and cheat, regardless of whether you are still in my class or not. Not only do I consider such an act to be the highest breach of academic integrity, but also a deliberate undermining of the learning process. Therefore, if I find out that you posted my solutions, I will send a request to the dean of students that a permanent demerit be put on your RPI record.Standard Institute procedure for academic integrity breaches will be followed.
Homework and test grades should first be appealed to the instructor. You have 5 business days from the day the work in question was handed back in class to appeal its grade. The fact that you were not in class on that day is not an excuse for an extension. No appeals will be granted by the instructor after that period. Any further appeals should be directed through the office of the department head.
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