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Lecture and recitations

This course will generally consist of two 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute recitation section per week, at the times listed on your instructor's syllabus. During lectures, we will go over the course material as found in the textbook, work examples, and answer your (hopefully) many questions. Please do not use electronic devices during lecture unless instructed to do so.

During recitation, you will spend time working on problems in groups, going over problems with your teaching assistant, taking quizzes, and further discussing course material. You will also take the midterms in recitation section.

Attendance is required at all lectures and recitation sections. Classroom polling questions and quizzes in section both count toward your final grade. You must attend your assigned section — your attendance in a different section will not be counted.


There will generally be a quiz during each recitation section, except when there is a midterm. Typically (but not always!), quizzes will cover the material that was done in the previous week in lecture (that is, what was covered 9 days and 11 days before in lecture). Quizzes also serve as practice for the exams. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped.


We will be using Piazza for online class discussion. The system is designed to get you help fast and efficiently from classmates, the TAs, and the instructor. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, we encourage you to post your questions on Piazza and attend office hours. You can access Piazza through Canvas.


Your instructor will use Piazza or Canvas (or both) to post announcements. It is important that you read the announcements! Note that you will not receive announcement emails from Piazza until you login for the first time!


We will do classroom polling through Piazza in lecture, so bring a computer or smartphone to class with you. Responding to these questions counts toward your final grade — although it doesn't matter if your answer was correct. The lowest three poll scores will be dropped. Please do not use your electronic devices when not responding to a poll.


Homework will be assigned online and will consist of exercises in WeBWorK (accessed through Canvas). You are responsible for understanding how to solve all homework exercises for exams and quizzes. Homework assignments will generally be due at 11:59 PM on Wednesdays. During the first week of class, there is an ungraded practice "Warmup" assignment on WeBWorK designed to get students accustomed to working with the system.

The lowest two homework grades will be dropped. No late homework will be accepted — no exceptions. Each homework assignment counts the same amount toward your grade. Sometimes multiple homework assignments will be due the same week.

Note that the quiz in recitation section may sometimes be based closely on the homework assignment which was due the very same week.

WeBWorK tips

If you get a funny error message when clicking the WeBWorK tab in Canvas, try closing the window and trying again. Like many other Georgia Tech websites, the authentication procedure sometimes requires two attempts to login. Other permission denied errors may be solved by deleting your browsers' cookies for the domain.


There are three midterm examinations during the semester. Their dates can be found on the calendar. No books, notes, calculators, cell phones, or other electronic devices are allowed during exams. Each exam will be worth 15% of your final grade.

Missed work

Absences from quizzes and midterms are generally excused only for Georgia Tech official business, religious holidays, serious illness, and the like. This does not include internships and interviews. Absences for religious holidays and university travel should be discussed with your instructor by Wednesday, August 29. We reserve the right to ask for a letter from the Dean of Students to justify an absence. In the event that you miss the midterm for an acceptable reason, you will be able to take a makeup exam on the Monday immediately following the midterm. If this is not possible, then the weight of that midterm will be shifted equally to your remaining exams, including the final exam.

Final exam

The final exam will cover all course materials and will be administered on the date and time set by the Institute, namely, on Tuesday, December 11, from 6:00 – 8:50 PM.


Your numerical grades on quizzes and exams will be posted throughout the semester on Canvas. When receiving a graded quiz or exam in recitation, check to be sure it matches the grade posted on Canvas.

The grading breakdown is as follows. in the Grades tab.

Homework; two lowest scores dropped
Class participation, measured by responses to Piazza polls; three lowest scores dropped
Midterm 1
Midterm 2
Midterm 3
Final exam

If you score higher on your final exam than on one of the midterms, then your lowest midterm will count for 7.5% of your grade and the final exam will count for 37.5% of your overall grade.

Grading cutoffs

Final letter grades will be calculated as follows:

After all grades are in and all overall percentage scores for students have been computed, grades are assigned. The standard cutoffs are as follows.

A: [90%–100%], B: [80%–90%), C: [70%–80%), D: [60%–70%), F: [0%–60%)

So, to guarantee an A, get 90% or better overall. (90 means 90, not 89.9) To guarantee at least a B grade, get 80% or better overall, etc. These cutoffs might be adjusted, but only in the downward direction (to make letter grades higher).

Progress report grades will be assigned on September 30. A satisfactory grade will be assigned to all students who tentatively have a C or higher as determined by their instructor.

Extra credit

There is no extra credit.

Honor code

Students are expected to fully adhere to Georgia Tech's honor code.