15-259/659 Probability and Computing (SPRING 2019), 12 Units

DUE 1/16 Prerequisite Review

TEXTBOOK:

I am writing a textbook that is customized for this class. A draft of the book will be distributed on the second day of class. The book is self-contained and is free. You do not need to purchase any resources for the class. Note: You are expected to come to every class and to all recitations. There will not be any handouts posted from recitation or class, so make friends with others in the class, so that you can get their materials.

TEACHING STAFF:

• Prof. Mor Harchol-Balter (Office GHC 7207.)
• Teaching Assistants:
• Misha Ivkov (mivkov@andrew.cmu.edu)
• William Liu (wliu2@andrew.cmu.edu)
• Kaige Liu (kaigel@andrew.cmu.edu)
• Abinaya Rajesh (arajesh@andrew.cmu.edu)

OFFICE HOURS:

• Mondays: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. -- Kaige in Gates Carrel 2.
• Tuesdays: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- William in Gates, 5th Floor Commons, Table 1.
• Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. -- Mor in GHC 7207.
• Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. -- Abinaya in Gates, 5th Floor Commons, Table 7.
• Thursdays: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. -- Misha in Gates Carrel 1.

• Weekly homework -- worth 35% combined.
• Midterm 1 -- worth 20%.
• Midterm 2 -- worth 20%.
• Final -- worth 20%.
• Occassional Unannounced Quizzes -- worth 5%.
• Class Participation -- I will move you up if you're near a grade border and you participate heavily.
Your grade is your total percentage (although there's typically a decent curve *upwards* at the end): A = 90 - 100% ; B = 80 - 89% ; C = 70 - 79% ; D = 60 - 69% This is a hard class, so I aim for a B as the mean, rather than the traditional B- or C mean used at CMU. Also, I will drop your lowest homework score and your lowest quiz score.

HOMEWORK:

Homework will go out each week on Friday. When the homework goes out, you already have all the material you need to do it that day. Homework will be due each week the following Friday at 1 p.m. (before recitation). Start early! You must get the homework in on time because homework is graded Friday evenings. If you have an emergency, please see the TAs. (Note: HW 0 -- the Prerequisite Review -- is an exception in its dates/times.) You will find the homework on the class website. You will turn in homework on Gradescope , which will also track your grades. The gradescope course signup code is MB2ZB3 .

PARTICIPATION:

I love to teach, and I expect your full participation. Classes will be interactive! No cell phones in class. Laptops are discouraged. Internet must be turned off. If you use your laptop for anything other than taking notes, I reserve the right to take your laptop.

CHEATING POLICY:

If you use an outside source (web site, book, person, etc.), you must cite that source. It is fine to discuss problems with others, but you need to write up the actual homework alone. At the top of your homework sheet, you must list all the people with whom you discussed any problem. Crediting help from other others will not take away any credit from you, and will prevent us from assuming cheating if your answers look similar to those of someone else. Note that the person providing answers is just as guilty as the person receiving answers. The above is the standard policy in all of academia.