|| Course Format: The course has two major mandatory components: lectures and discussions. Basic concepts and illustrative examples will be introduced in the lectures; sample problems, as well as some supplemental material will be covered in the discussion sections. You are responsible for material covered in the lectures AND the discussions.
The lectures will be based mostly on the material covered in the textbook. However, there may be some additional material covered in the discussion sections. The lectures will use transparencies based on figures and examples from the textbook. It is essential that you bring the textbook to the lectures and take notes during the lectures. Since most of the figures in the lecture will be identical to those in the textbook, no handouts of the lectures will be provided; instead you might want to annotate the figures in your textbook during the lectures.
You are responsible for keeping track of any additional material covered on the board and discussed in class. It is in the best interest of the student to come to class after reading the relevant chapter(s) of the book. The lecture will be fast paced. Thus I strongly recommend that you scan the sections before coming to the class, and also attend the ensuing discussion sections to maximize understanding of the material.
- Discussion Sections: You must register in one of the three discussion sections. Quizzes will typically be administered in the discussion sections; you must take the quizzes/exams in the discussion section in which you are enrolled.
Each discussion session will be composed of two parts. During the first part, the TAs will solve sample problems related to concepts covered in the lectures, and may also cover some supplemental material. (You are responsible for any material covered in the discussion sections as well.) The second part is structured as an embedded "mini-office-hour", where you can ask questions and get help with concepts or with homework problems.
- Office Hours: The TA will hold office hours as posted on the course web page. Additionally, you may use the "mini-office-hour" time allocated at the end of each discussion section for questions.