05/03/12: Final grades have been posted.
1. Final exam papers are not returned. There are no sample solutions.
2. Grades can only be changed if there was an error in grading or in the grade calculation. The grading of all exam papers has been checked at least twice.
3. The grade distribution in the course is as follows: 21 people got A+/A/A-, 27 people got B+/B/B-, 20 people got C+/C, 10 got D, and 11 got E.
4. If you want to look at your exam (not copy it, just read it), I have an office hour for this purpose on Thursday 10 May at 10:30-11:30. Email me by the evening before so that I have your exam available if you want to look at it.
04/01/12: Homework 5 is posted.
04/01/12: The grade distribution for midterm 2 is posted on the syllabus page. In order to compute an estimate of your current grade in the course, do the following:
1. Add the grades received on homeworks 1, 2, and 3 to get a grade H out of 60.
2. If your midterm 1 grade was F/50, compute M1 = (F+6)*4 to get a grade out of 200 (for a couple of students this will be more than 200). The class average for M1 is 129.5/200.
3. If your midterm 1 grade was S/50, compute M2 = (S+5)*5 to get a grade out of 200 (for a couple of students this will be more than 200). The class average for M2 is 126.6/200.
4. Add H, M1, and M2 to get a grade T out of 460.
5. Multiply T by 10/46 to get an estimated percentage grade E. The class average for E is 64.2%.
Rounding to the nearest integer, the distribution of E at present is
100+: 2 students (you carry the excess forward, the grade is not capped at 100).
90-99: 3 students.
80-89: 10 students.
70-79: 17 students.
60-69: 18 students.
50-59: 24 students.
40-49: 10 students.
30-39: 3 students.
20-29: 3 students.
0-20: 3 students.
If I were to assign final grades based on this, the A range is 80 and above, B is 70-79, C is 60-69, D is 50-59, and E is less than 50.
This is still low, but I fully expect that some of the lower midterm grades will be replaced by better final exams. To be clear, the final must exceed the adjusted midterm grade to replace it (it does not replace it and then get the adjustment).
03/18/12: Because the week of 3/19 - 3/23 is spring break, usual recitation sections and office hours will not be held. However, Abhishek has volunteered to hold the recitation section on 3/23 despite it being spring break. I am hoping that he will be able to hand back Homework 3 (graded) then, and that Aaron can hand back more of them at the recitation on Monday 3/26.
03/17/12: Midterm 2 is on 3/27. It covers everything up to the end of Chapter 8. It is open book and open notes.
03/03/12: Homework 4 is posted, due 29 March. Note that this is after the second midterm, which is on 27 March. But it will be a good idea to do this homework as part of your preparation for Midterm 2.
02/29/12: The recitation sections have been poorly attended, and I do not understand why. Nevertheless, it seems that there is no wish on the part of most students to have so many of them. So starting next week, the new schedule is:
Day Time Instructor/TA Event Where M 1:00- 2:00 Rhisheekesan Office hour BYENG407CD M 4:00- 5:00 Gottesman Recitation 2 BYENG510 T 9:00-10:15 Colbourn Class SCOB 228 T 11:00-12:00 Colbourn Office hour 1 BYENG 444 W 11:00-12:00 Rhisheekesan Recitation 4 BYENG510 W 12:00- 1:00 Gottesman Office hour BYENG523 W 4:00- 5:00 Gottesman Recitation 5 BYENG510 Th 9:00-10:15 Colbourn Class SCOB 228 Th 1:30- 2:30 Colbourn Office hour 2 BYENG 444 F 1:30- 2:30 Rhisheekesan Recitation 6 BYENG510
02/20/12: Midterm 1 solutions are posted. Solutions are being discussed in the recitation sections this week and next, so be sure to get any problems sorted out there!
02/18/12: Homework 3 is posted.
02/13/12: Aaron Gottesman's office hour will be held in BYENG 523 from now on.
01/29/12: Homework 2 is posted, due 14 February at the start of class.
01/17/12: Homework 1 is posted, due 31 January at the start of class.
01/11/12: Because we have limited TA support, and you will get less of your work graded than I would like, I have set up six recitation sections at the times shown below. You are NOT required to attend one, and you MAY attend more than one if you like. I strongly recommend that you attend one.
This will be a chance for you to discuss questions about the homework, test, and class material; to see ideas on how to solve problems that are similar to ones on the tests, exam, and homework; to ask questions about all of the things that you don't feel confident about from this course or its prerequisites. And you get to do all of this in a small group environment, at a relaxed pace.
Pick any section you like. If one has more than 25 people, we'll have to make the selection more formal. If one or more of the sections ends up being small, so much the better for the people attending it. They will run even if zero people show up!
This is your chance to understand how to work the problems, and get some feedback that is impossible in a class of 100 people. So use these to stay on top of the course. Most people say, after 355 is over, that they should have gotten more help during the semester. This is your big chance to do just that.
01/11/12: Here is a complete weekly course schedule giving the times of the six recitation sections:
Day Time Instructor/TA Event Where M 10:00-11:00 Rhisheekesan Recitation 1 BYENG510 except Jan 30 and Feb 06 and 13, then BYENG420 M 1:00- 2:00 Rhisheekesan Office hour BYENG407CD M 4:00- 5:00 Gottesman Recitation 2 BYENG510 T 9:00-10:15 Colbourn Class SCOB 228 T 11:00-12:00 Colbourn Office hour 1 BYENG 444 T 1:30- 2:30 Gottesman Recitation 3 BYENG510 except Feb 17, then BYENG420 W 11:00-12:00 Rhisheekesan Recitation 4 BYENG510 except Jan 25, then BYENG420 W 12:00- 1:00 Gottesman Office hour BYENG221 (TA lab) W 4:00- 5:00 Gottesman Recitation 5 BYENG510 except Jan 25 and Feb 8, then BYENG420 Th 9:00-10:15 Colbourn Class SCOB 228 Th 1:30- 2:30 Colbourn Office hour 2 BYENG 444 F 1:30- 2:30 Rhisheekesan Recitation 6 BYENG510
01/03/12: This will be updated with news about the class as it becomes available.