All exams will be comprehensive, covering all material up to the date of the exam, with an emphasis on recent material (but not so recent that it hasn't had time to sink in). Students with serious conflicts, such as illness or religious holidays may make alternate arrangements (in advance, if at all possible).
Final grades will be based on homework and exam scores, as follows:
Note: If this offering of 116 follows the pattern set by its predecessors, average homework scores will be around 4.5 out of 5, while the average midterm and final scores will be closer to 10 out of 20 and 15 out of 30. As a result, excellent homework scores can only partly compensate for poor exam scores.
Homework will be due at the start of class on Monday every week. Homework must be turned in on paper, electronic submission is not acceptable for a number of reasons. Your name must be legible at the top of each page (in case multiple pages get separated). Signatures are wonderful for legal documents, but if we can't identify your signature you will receive no credit on the work!
Assignments (and answers to exercises, when time permits) will be made available on World Wide Web under the following URL, accessible from the departmental list of courses.
It is necessary to repeat certain annoying policies here:
Students caught cheating for the first time may be given a penalty up to an automatic F in the course. Such an F cannot be removed from the transcript. Penalties up to expulsion may apply to second offences.
You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with others in the class; this is usually a good learning tool. On the other hand, do not share or discuss your solutions prior to turning them in!
Temporary grades of I (Incomplete) will be granted only on the basis of negociation prior to the final exam. Please, if extended illness or other matters beyond your control interfere with your ability to satisfactorily complete the course, see the instructor as soon as possible!
If you have any disagreement or communications problem with the teaching assistant, take it to the professor in charge. If you have any problem with your professor, contact the department chair; due process continues to the dean (of either the Graduate or Liberal Arts college, depending on your student status) and then up through the university administration to the Board of Regents.
If, for any reason, you need special accomodations for an exam or other assignment, please contact me, either after class, during office hours or by E-mail.