The grading for the course will consist of 55% for homework assignments and the final project, 10% each for 2 midterm exams, 20% for the final, and 5% for recitation attendance. Recitation attendance is mandatory.
Late day policy:
Each student has two free, no-strings-attached late days that they may use on
programming and written homeworks. At the end of the semester, we will arrange
your late day usage so that you will receive the optimal homework average. If
you are out of late days, then you will incur a 25% penalty on the homework for
each day late. One “day” here is anywhere between 1 second and 24 hours after
the homework deadline, and a second “day” is between 24 hours and 48 hours after
the homework deadline. Late written homeworks can be turned in to Britton
Carnevali in Levine 308. The final project does not have the same late policy;
it has its own late policy, which will be announced with its release.
Collaboration policy for written homeworks:
You are allowed to discuss solutions to problems in groups of three,
documenting who you discussed with at the top of your assignment. You are
allowed to ask anyone for LaTeX help (for instance, “How do I center a stack of
equations?”). You are not allowed to write up the solutions together. You
must do that by yourself.
Collaboration policy for programming homeworks:
You are allowed to discuss low-level issues like the meaning of Java
constructs, or how to use the computing environment. You are allowed to discuss
high-level questions such as what the instructor/lab TA said, the content of
the textbook or other general resources. You not allowed to…
Discuss issues directly pertaining to the homework questions or
See another students homework solutions, or
Show your solutions to another student
This includes asking a classmate to debug your code and agreeing
to debug a classmate’s code. If you do this during office hours,
know that the TAs are required to report your names to the
Share any code except the code that is being made available by us on
the course website to be used specifically with your solutions
Occasionally, a small snippet of code from the textbook may help
your work. You can use such a snippet with attribution, i.e.,
provided you add a comment in which you make clear you copied it
from the textbook.
You can NOT use snippets of code from the Internet (e.g.,
StackOverflow.com and similar).
Post code on, or use code from, public fora (e.g., GitHub,
Look at other people’s information
If you find a terminal on which somebody else has logged in and
forgot to log out, you must log them out
When somebody else is typing a password in front of you must
look out the window, or at your shoes, or at the picture of Brad
Pitt or Angelina Jolie that you carry on your keychain.
Use any code downloaded from the Internet or sent to you by email,
Facebook, text, Twitter, or even scribbled notes passed from hand to
Share the material that we post for this course with anybody who is
not a registered student in this course or a staff member.
If you find any such material already posted somewhere else you
must inform the course instructor immediately. Same if you are
contacted by people who offer to solve your homework for money,
or who knows what else. Use your common sense and ask any member
of the staff if you are not sure about a resource you are
Any violation of the collaboration policy will be dealt with severely.
Regrade policy for programming homeworks:
We allow you to indicate small errors (defined below) that you have made,
which, when fixed, will allow your programs to pass autograder tests. You
will need to send an email, by the regrade deadline, which is one week after
you receive your scores, to
This email must identify exactly the error in your code and include a
precise description of the fix that needs to be made. A small error is a
problem whose fix should not require changing more than 1–2 lines of code.
A TA will make the change and rerun the autograder tests. Your new score
will be the maximum of your original score and 80% of your regraded score.
Regrade policy for written homeworks and exams:
Please fill out the
regrade request form and bring it to the
course administrator, Britton Carnevali, in Levin 310, together with the
assignment or exam by the regrade deadline. Regrades are due one week after
the assignment or exam has been returned with your score.