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Lecture and studios
This course will generally consist of two 50-minute lectures and one
50-minute studio section per week, at the times listed on the front
page of Canvas. During weeks when we have a midterm exam, we will not
have a studio session.
During lectures, we will go over the course
material as found in the textbook, work examples, and answer your
(hopefully) many questions.
During studio, you will spend time working on problems in groups,
going over problems with your teaching assistant, and further
discussing course material.
There will be unproctored quizzes given on Fridays during the
semester, except during exam weeks or the weeks after our midterm
exams. See our
calendar for exact dates and
material. 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
Each quiz will open at 5:30 AM Atlanta time on its due date, and it
must be completed by 9:00 PM Atlanta time on that date.
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. We will check Piazza regularly. Rather
than emailing instructors and teaching assistants, please
post your questions on Piazza and attend office hours. You can
access Piazza through Canvas.
We will use Canvas to post announcements. It is important that you
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 Tuesdays. During the first week of
class (Jan. 10-14), there is an ungraded practice "Warmup"
assignment on WeBWorK designed to get students accustomed to working
with the system.
The two lowest assignment scores
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 may sometimes relate closely to the homework that
was due the very same week.
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 gatech.edu
There are three midterm examinations during the semester on select
Wednesdays from 8:00-9:15 PM Atlanta time. See the
calendar for exam dates and the
syllabus for details.
Absences from quizzes and midterms are generally excused only for
Georgia Tech official business, religious holidays, serious illness,
and the like. Absences for religious holidays and university travel
should be discussed with your instructor by Wednesday, January 19.
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.
The cumulative final exam will be administered on the date and
time specially set for Math 1553 by the Institute, namely, on
Tuesday, May 3, from 6:00 – 8:50 PM.
Your numerical grades on homework assignments, quizzes, and exams
will be posted throughout the semester on Canvas. When receiving a
graded quiz or exam, check to be sure it matches the grade
posted on Canvas.
The grading breakdown is as follows.
- Homework; two lowest scores dropped
- Quizzes; lowest score 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 final exam will count for 32.5% of your grade and
your lowest midterm will count for 7.5% of your grade. However, any
student found guilty of academic dishonesty of any kind in Math 1553 is
ineligible for this policy
CIOS Incentive: If at least 85% of all
Math 1553 students complete CIOS evaluations by April 25 at 1:00
PM (Atlanta time), we will drop the 2 lowest quiz grades rather than
just the lowest quiz grade.
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.
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 by February 21 at 12:00 PM. A
satisfactory grade will be assigned to all students who tentatively
have a C or higher as determined by their instructor.
There is no extra credit.
Students are expected to fully adhere to Georgia
Tech's honor code.