We have lectures on Monday and Wednesdays from 2:30-4 PM in 115 Gates-Thomas. Attendance is mandatory. We will be having discussions and doing exercises together during lecture, so it is important that you be there. I understand that you may miss a lecture from time to time, for graduate school visits, etc., but I ask that you make every effort to come to class. If you are concerned that you may out of necessity miss too many lectures, please talk with me and we can try to work out arrangements.

Lectures are a very important time for me to interface with you. As we have discussions in lecture, we both learn, and I get a good idea of how you are doing with the material. I therefore often find it distracting when students use laptops in lecture. Nonetheless, I do not what to take away your preferred method of note-taking, if that is the case, so laptops are allowed in lecture. I do ask that you use laptops and tablets strictly for note-taking purposes. Cell phones must be completely silenced and put away.

Lectures may not be recorded without my permission. If you miss a lecture, I invite you to discuss what you have missed with a classmate, your TAs, or with me.

I also strongly recommend you attend my and/or the TA office hours.


Homework will be assigned roughly weekly, typically assigned and due on Wednesdays. We will not have any exams. Homework assignments are posted on the website. The homeworks will not always have "right answers," but are always aimed at making you think about the central concepts of the course. Following are homework policies.


Your grade in the course is based entirely on homework. The homeworks are all worth roughly the same number of points, but there may be some variation.

Course communications

Please use the class Piazza page for questions course topics and homework. I encourage you to make your questions public so that everyone can benefit. Most of our mass communication with you will be through Piazza, so be sure to set your Piazza account to give you email alerts if necessary.