- Up to seven labs will be assigned this quarter. It is hoped that the
student will be self-motivated and carefully complete all the assignments for
his/her own benefit. All lab submissions will be counted toward a
(conventional) grade - see the grading policy for
details. It is OK to submit one solution for a group of students
of size two or three but no greater: just indicate the names of the team members in a comment
on blackboard so I will be sure not to miss it.
Let N be the number of labs assigned this semester.
The grading scale will be 0-10 for each lab. The sum of all lab scores
will be multiplied by 0.3/N to arrive at the contribution to the
conventional score due to labs. Thus, the maximum the labs can contribute
to a conventional score is 30 out of 100 points.
All labs have due dates. If a submission is turned in
after the due date for that lab, the professor decides whether the submission
will be accepted for grading. There are numerous reasons why grading of a
submission can be declined but the following policy, at least, is in effect: 1)
no submissions will be accepted after the last day of class (the definition of
last day of class is given below); 2) at most one lab will be accepted during
the last week of class; 3) at most one lab will be accepted during the week
before the last week of class. In addition, a lab will not be accepted if the
submitter has cheated. Cheating seems to have a different meaning in different
parts of the world and the concept does not even exist in some countries so we
define cheating in the context of this course here.
Definition: A week begins on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday.
Definition: The last week of class is the week that ends
IMMEDIATELY BEFORE finals week.
Definition: The last day of class is Friday of the last week of class.
Note: the last day of class IS NOT the last day that
finals are given - it occurs at least one week before the last
day that finals are given and is a Friday.
Of course, students may discuss lab assignments with each other. However,
it is customary that any significant help from another student or book
should be acknowledged in a comment when you ask me to review what you have.
Two or three students submitting a solution will each receive the same
conventional score as if only one person submitted the solution. If the
submission is worth brownies (perhaps it is a difficult problem), though,
then the value of the solution, in brownies, is divided equally among
all members of the group.