15-462 Administrative Information for Fall 2007

Time: Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30-11:50 am
Place: Porter Hall A18C

Online Resources

The class web page is at

This is the primary online source for information about the course, including assignments, lecture notes, and administrative details.


Required Texts

Grading Information

Grading for the class will be as follows:

An "A" will require at most 90%, a "B" will require at most 80%, etc. To get a good grade, you will be expected to do well in both the programming and the written work (exams and homework). There is a strong correlation between students who come to class and those who do well on the exam.

The programming assignments will have small amounts of extra credit.

You may use Maple or similar systems to help with algebra on assignments, but where you do, turn in a transcript.

You may use the web for research, but you must provide a pointer to the references you made use of for any written homework.

Assignments and Homework

There will be two kinds of assignments: Programming assignments and written homeworks. All programming assignments and homeworks must be your own work (except for the code that we give you as part of the assignment). You may talk with others about the assignments, but you must solve the problems and write the code yourself.

Please test your programs in the WeH 5336 lab. All programs must compile and run on the Linux PCs in WeH 5336 in order for you to receive ANY credit for the programming projects.

Grading on programming assignments is based on your programs' functionality, usability, and on the quality of the animations or images you produce.

Late policy

Programming assignments should be turned in by midnight on the day they are due.

Written homeworks will be collected before class starts on the day they are due.

Late days: A total of three late days may be taken during the semester on programming assignments and written homeworks. The flexibility provided by those late days is intended to get you through the time where all your classes just happen to have assignments due on the same day. Extensions beyond those three days require a REALLY good excuse or a penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment/day.

Cheating Policies

Cheating will result in immediate penalties ranging from 0 points on the relevant assignment, homework, or test to failure of the course. All cheating cases are reported to the university, and severe offenses are brought before an Academic Review Board for consideration of further measures.

Course policy is that you may talk about the assignments with others but you must write the code and solve the problems yourself. Sharing answers or using someone else's code (with the exception of utilities that the class provides) constitutes cheating.

What is considered cheating?

What is not considered cheating?

If you aren't certain whether something is or isn't cheating, even by the spirit if not the letter of these guidelines, please ask.