Home, 12/30 (last message.  I know, it's late)

The grade distributions for all exams and the final grades are now posted.  The last exam turned out rather well.

I greatly enjoyed teaching the course: at least a chance to teach something more involved than basic courses.  My pleasure in teaching was enhanced by seeing interest among students, as demonstrated by people who wrote well over the required amount of homework, or who worked on more challenging problems, or those who took special care to write their homework up in a clear and well-justified way.  I don't ever mind reading well-written homework.  Thanks to everyone who participated in class discussion, too!

Have a great winter break, everyone!

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Home, 12/02

Our last homework will be due on the day of the final exam, Monday, 12/12.  If you would like to get feedback on this material submit it before Friday, noon, and I will try to get it back to you by Friday late afternoon.

Exam 1 and 2 statistics have been posted (finally!).  Unfortunately, I doubt I'll have time to write up solutions.

Home, 11/22

Homework over 3.7 and the problem sheet are now due on 11/29.  Expect to turn in two more homeworks after that one.

Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!

Home, 11/10

In the interest of having more time to go over our material so far, I moved Exam 2 to Tuesday, 11/22.  The exam will have the same format as the first exam.

Next Thursday, section 3.7 and problems from new problem sheet are due.

Home, 11/4

Exam 2 is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, 11/17.  It will cover chapter 3.

Home, 10/28

Next week's homework covers only one section (but an ample number of problems is provided).  The usual number of points is exptected.

Home, 10/20

Homework for the next chapter is posted.  Note the special comments by starred problems, below the table.  Homework for next week includes the two problems from exam 2 that no one had solved.  They are interesting problems, try them!

We'll aim for to have exam 2 once we have covered chapter 3.

Home, 10/7

Exam 2 is scheduled for Thursday, 10/13.  Like homework, it will have a number of problems to choose for.  You will be asked to do 5 of them, where at least one of a different type than the others.

Only homework in section 2.6 is due next week, since we didn't get to section 2.7.  Homework from 2.7 will be due the week after next.

Home, 9/30

The next two sections and sheet 1 of problems are due for homework on Tuesday of next week.  See the homework page.

Exam 2 is scheduled for Thursday, 10/13.

Home, 9/22

The next two sections are due for homework next week.  See the homework page.

Once we finish chapter 2, we'll have our first exam.  We'll probably accelerate the homework rate, since in homework we are a little behind the class.

Home, 9/15

The next two sections are due for homework next week.  See the homework page.

In the next chapter, we'll skip through some parts and add examples that do not appear in the book.  Some homework from that chapter will probably include problems from sheets.

Home, 9/9

The next two sections are due for homework next week.  See the homework page.

Recall that, beyond the minimal number of points, I will count only your good homework problems
in determining your homework ratio (pts. earned)/(pts. attempted).  If you blew a problem and you have too few points, you can redo it and turn it back in for credit.

Home, 9/2

The next two sections are due for homework next week.  See the homework page.

Home, 8/25

Welcome to the course!  Look around to familiarize yourself with the layout of the webpage. Note that the most important links are highlighted.

These pages will get more content as the semester progresses.  Check back often: useful  infomation is provided in the 'home' section (which you are reading), typically updated weekly.  Homework assignments will be updated when we start a new chapter.

First homework for next week is due on Thursday and is on sections 1.2 and 1.3.

Clarification regarding a question on how many and what kind of problems one should do for homework: the percentage requirements refer to number of points, not number of problems, and they are targets for the whole course, and not any one homework.  Thus, if you had a lack of type 2 problems on a homework, this can be made up for by doing more of them on a future homework.

For example: a graduate student taking the course as a 500-level course needs to turn in a minimum of 30 points worth on every homework.  Over the entire semester, the total attempted points on type 2 problems should be at least 40% of the total attempted points.