Foundations of Applied Mathematics

Syllabus

Instructor: Professor Peter R. Kramer

Office: 310 Amos Eaton Hall

Telephone:  (518) 276-6896

Email: kramep@rpi.edu

Office Hours:  Tuesdays 4-5 PM (graduate priority), Wednesdays 1-2 PM (free-for-all), Fridays 4-5 PM (undergraduate priority)

Resources

Course Objectives

Attendance

Projects

Exams/Grading

Honesty 

Schedule


Resources
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Course Objectives

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Attendance
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Projects
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Exams/Grading
Under either framework, your course grade can be enhanced by active and substantive contribution to discussions in class and on the WebCT site.   You can be awarded as much as 5 percentage points on your final grade for exceptionally insightful and thoughtful input and questions.
Late homework will be penalized 10 points (out of 100) per working day.  Once I post solutions to the homework (which could be as soon as the class after the assignment was due), no more homeworks will be accepted for credit.  If you have need for an extension on your homework, you should ask me in advance of the due date.  Homework is due at noon on the due date specified on the calendar; submissions later in the class or day will be penalized 5 points.
Takehome components of exams are due at noon on the due date specified on the calendar.  I will accept submissions until 2 PM with a 10 point penalty, but nothing later than that without an excellent excuse.
The grading scale for undergraduates is:
  • A:  90% +
  • B:  80-89%
  • C:   70-79%
  • D:  50-69%
  • F:    0-50%
  • Graduate students are graded in the same way for scores of 70% and above, but they will receive a grade of F for scores between 0-69%.  Your grade is based solely on performance, not effort.   There is no official "mercy" clause for a bad exam or homework.  However, I do sometimes adjust the final grade in your favor if your work demonstrates a strong upward trend or a generally consistent performance at a certain grade level with the exception of a rare disaster.  Such grade adjustments are given purely at my discretion, and are not motivated by external matters such as your need to maintain a certain GPA.  I view grades simply as a means of reporting, as accurately as possible, the demonstrated level of your mastery with the material.
    You may only appeal scores on homework or exams based on factual criteria (a correct answer was marked wrong, or I added scores wrong.)   I will not entertain quibbles about how many points of partial credit you think I should have given you on some problem.  Persistent appeals of such sort will result in a nuisance penalty of however many points you were frivolously arguing for.
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    Honesty
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    Date Last Revised: 09/02/03