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CS 122 - Computation Lab II - Winter 2007

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Important Information about the Course

  1. Classroom:  Every section of the course meets in University Crossings (UC), Room 145.
  2. Lab Dates:  Every section of the course (even- and odd-numbered sections) will meet for a 1 hour 50 minute lab during odd-numbered weeks, starting with the first week of class.  That means labs take place during Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.
  3. *Quiz Dates:  Every section of the course will have a quiz during (mostly) even-numbered weeks, starting with the second week of class.  Quizzes will take place during Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 9–10.  The quizzes will be administered online using Maple TA.  You do not need to come to UC 145 in order to take the quiz—you can take the quiz from anywhere that you have access to a web browser.  Quiz 5 will be available during Weeks 9 and 10 and will review Labs 1–5 in order to help you prepare for a lab proficiency exam in Week 10.
  4. Office Hours:  We will have extensive office hours this term so that you can get extra help outside of regular class hours.  Office hours will take place in UC 145 during Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8.  We will post a schedule of office hours on this website prior to Week 2.  There will be no office hours during Week 10 since the lab proficiency exam will taken in class during that time.
  5. Study Groups:  We plan to keep UC 145 open during Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 so that you can get extra practice with Maple and can get help from your fellow students by forming your own informal study groups.
  6. Attendance Policy:  You are expected to attend all five labs throughout the term.  Your attendance and conscientious participation in the labs will count towards half your grade in the course.  In order to receive credit for attendance and participation, you must fulfill all three of the following requirements:
    1. Roll Call:  You must be present during roll call at the beginning of the class.  Your instructor will enter the day's attendance data directly into WebCT while calling roll.  You will be able to verify that your attendance has been properly recorded by logging into WebCT.  You must bring any WebCT attendance errors or oversights to the attention of your instructor before your leave the classroom for the day—you will not be allowed to correct any mistakes in attendance after you leave.
    2. Sign-In Sheet:  As a backup procedure in case of problems with WebCT, we will pass around a sign-in sheet.  You must sign in by writing down your DrexelOne username (e.g., xyz23), by printing your name, and then by signing your name.
    3. Lab Submission:  Before you leave the classroom at the end of the lab, you must save your Maple worksheet and submit a record of your work in the place provided on WebCT.  Be sure to follow the online instructions carefully.  Please remember to attach your Maple worksheet to your WebCT submission and be careful so send us the correct worksheet—do not send us a blank worksheet by mistake!  Note that you can download your worksheet from WebCT later to continue working on it outside of class, and you can resubmit your work any time before the lab is due.  (In order to resubmit your lab, you must first take back your original submission.  To do this, use the Assignments icon in the upper right corner to go into to the Assignments screen, find your original lab submission under the Submitted tab, and then use the Take Back icon in the Options column to take back your old lab.  After doing this, you will be able to submit your new lab to WebCT.)
  7. **Leaving Early and Signing Out:  In general, you are expected to remain in class until the class is over.  If you leave class early without the permission of your instructor, you will not receive credit for the lab.  If you complete the lab before the end of class, ask your instructor or one of the lab assistants to check your work.  If you have completed the lab correctly, you will be allowed to leave class early.  Before leaving early, you must sign out by seeing the instructor, who will check that your work has been submitted to WebCT.  Your instructor will also record on the class sign-in sheet the time of your submission and the name of the person who checked your work.  Note that students who leave at the end of class do not need to sign out.
  8. *Lab Solutions:  Solutions to each lab will be posted on WebCT after the lab is due.  See the Lab Solutions media collection on the WebCT desktop.
  9. Makeup Policy:  If you cannot attend your regularly scheduled lab for a legitimate reason (e.g., illness or traveling to an athletic competition), please contact your instructor—in advance—to arrange to attend the lab at an alternate time during the same week.  If this is not possible, you must contact your instructor to make special arrangements to make up the missed work.  Makeup labs will not be accepted after the solutions have been posted.  Since you will have an entire week to complete each quiz and can take the quiz from anywhere you have access to a web browser, there will be no make-ups for quizzes.
  10. Lab Proficiency Exam:  During Week 10, we will administer a lab proficiency exam in UC 145 during your assigned lab day and time.  The exam will be proctored and given using Maple TA.  Any student who does not attend the exam at the scheduled day and time will receive a grade of zero for the exam, unless documentation can be provided of serious extenuating circumstances (e.g., major illness, a death in the immediate family).
  11. Course Grades:  Your attendance and participation in the five labs will count for 50% of your overall course grade.  The five quizzes will count for 25% of your grade, and the lab proficiency exam will count for 25% of your grade.  The course grading policy is summarized in the following table.

    ComponentQuantityIndividual WeightTotal Weight
    Labs510%50%
    Quizzes55%25%
    Exam25%25%

  12. CS 121 Makeup Exam:  A makeup exam for CS 121 will be given during Week 2 of this term.  If you received an incomplete (INC) in CS 121, you did not show up for the exam, did not attach a Maple worksheet to your WebCT submission, or did not attach the correct Maple worksheet to your WebCT submission.  You may either take the makeup exam or elect to receive a grade of zero for your exam.  We will send an announcement with the day, time, and room for the makeup exam (as soon as it has been confirmed) by email to all students with incompletes


Weekly Events

The table below presents a weekly overview of all the events in this course—the five labs, the five quizzes, office hours, and the exam.  These events begin the very first week of classes and continue through the last week of classes.  The table gives the class dates for these events as well as the due dates for the work associated with these events.


WeekClass DatesEvent/LinkDue DateDescription
1Jan. 8–12Lab 1Mon., Jan. 29, by 8 AMLab 1 on Review of CS 121 is to be started in class and submitted on WebCT.
2Jan. 15–19Quiz 1Mon., Feb. 12, by 8 AMQuiz 1 is taken online using Maple TA and covers the main ideas from Lab 1.
Office Hours  Course staff will be available during office hours to help you complete Lab 1 in preparation for Quiz 1.
3Jan. 22–26Lab 2Mon., Feb. 5, by 8 AMLab 2 on Finding Roots with Numerical Methods is to be started in class and submitted on WebCT.
4Jan. 29 – Feb. 2Quiz 2 Mon., Feb. 12, by 8 AMQuiz 2 is taken online using Maple TA and covers the main ideas from Lab 2.
Office Hours Course staff will be available during office hours to help you complete Lab 2 in preparation for Quiz 2.
5Feb. 5–9Lab 3 Mon., Feb. 19, by 8 AMLab 3 on A Program to Differentiate and Differentiating Programs is to be started in class and submitted on WebCT.
6Feb. 12–16Quiz 3Mon., Feb. 19, by 8 AMQuiz 3 is taken online using Maple TA and covers the main ideas from Lab 3.
Office Hours Course staff will be available during office hours to help you complete Lab 3 in preparation for Quiz 3.
7Feb. 19–23Lab 4Mon., Mar. 5, by 8 AMLab 4 on Solving Global Optimization Problems in Maple is to be started in class and submitted on WebCT.
8Feb. 26 – Mar. 2Quiz 4Mon., Mar. 5, by 8 AMQuiz 4 is taken online using Maple TA and covers the main ideas from Lab 4.
Office Hours Course staff will be available during office hours to help you complete Lab 4 in preparation for Quiz 4.
**9Mar. 5–9Lab 5Mon., Mar. 19, by 8 AMLab 5 on The Geometry and Behavior of Newton's Method is to be started in class and submitted on WebCT.  Lab 5 revisits Newton's method (originally covered in Lab 2) from a geometric point of view and draws upon many of the Maple skills and programming techniques previously covered in Labs 1–4.  Lab 5 is intended to be shorter than usual so that you can complete the lab in class during Week 9 in order to prepare for the lab proficiency exam in Week 10.
Quiz 5Mon., Mar. 19, by 8 AMQuiz 5 is taken online using Maple TA.  Quiz 5 is longer than usual and consists of 20 review questions taken from Quizzes 1–4.  The purpose of Quiz 5 is to help you prepare for the lab proficiency exam, which will be given in class during Week 10.  Consequently, Quiz 5 will be made available starting in Week 9.  You can take Quiz 5 an unlimited number of times.  Quiz 5 will allow you to look up the correct answers in Maple TA right away so that you can get immediate feedback.  Everyone can get a perfect score on Quiz 5!
**10Mar. 12–16ExamDue in ClassThe lab proficiency exam will be proctored.  You must take the exam in your assigned lab room (UC 145) during Week 10 on your assigned class day and time.  The exam will cover the main ideas from Labs 1–5 and will be taken using Maple TA.  The exam will count for 25% of your overall grade in the course.  Please be aware that any student who misses the exam will receive a zero for the exam and will not be permitted to make up the exam (unless the student can provide documentation which proves there are extenuating circumstances of an extremely serious nature).

You will have 1.5 hours to complete the exam.  You may use Maple, the Maple online help, and the original Maple worksheets for Labs 1–5 as reference material during the exam.  No other reference material will be allowed.  In particular, you may not consult the solutions to the labs (either the posted solutions or your own solutions) during the exam, and you may not consult the solutions to the quizzes during the exam.  Since the exam will be graded automatically by Maple TA, you will know your exam grade as soon as you complete the exam.



Course Staff

You are welcome to contact your instructor by email with any questions or concerns you may have about the course.  Before you contact your instructor, please (re)read the course website carefully to see if your question has already been answered here!  Whenever you contact your instructor, always include the following information in your email:

Sections Name  Position Email
61, 62, 64, 66, 68,
69, 75, 77, 78
Dr. Frederick W. Chapman Course Coordinator
63, 65, 67, 73
Mr. Pete Bogunovich Course Instructor
76, 79, 80, 82
Mr. Michael Andrews Course Instructor
 Mr. Ryan CooperLab Assistant
 Mr. Jason CzopLab Assistant



Class Schedule

All sections of the class meet for 1 hour and 50 minutes in University Crossings (UC) Room 145 during odd-numbered weeks throughout the term.  Class days and times are listed below by section number.  The initials of the instructor for each section appear in parentheses.


Mon/Wed/Fri
Time Slots
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Tue/Thu
Time Slots
UC 145 UC 145 UC 145 UC 145  UC 145
    Sec. 65
(PB)
        8 AM – 10 AM
  9 AM – 11 AM Sec. 61
(FWC) 
        Sec. 79
(MA)
 
    Sec. 66
(FWC)
   Sec. 75
(FWC)
  10 AM – 12 PM
11 AM –   1 PM Sec. 62
(FWC)
    Sec. 80
(MA) 
 
    Sec. 67
(PB)
   Sec. 76
(MA)
  12 PM –   2 PM
  1 PM –   3 PM Sec. 63
(PB)
        
    Sec. 68
(FWC)
   Sec. 77
(FWC)
     2 PM –   4 PM
  3 PM –   5 PM Sec. 64
(FWC)
  Sec. 73
(PB)
   Sec. 82
(MA)
 
    Sec. 69
(FWC)
   Sec. 78
(FWC)
    4 PM –   6 PM



Office Hours

Office hours will be held in University Crossings (UC) Room 145 during even-numbered weeks throughout the term (except during Week 10, when the lab proficiency exam will be held).  The days and times of office hours are listed below, along with the initials of the staff member on duty.

Please note that you are welcome to consult with any staff member during any of the scheduled office hourseven if it is not your regular instructor or your regular class time!


Mon/Wed/Fri
Time Slots
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Tue/Thu
Time Slots
UC 145 UC 145 UC 145 UC 145  UC 145
    PB        8 AM – 10 AM
  9 AM – 11 AM RC/JC        MA  
    PB  RC/JC  10 AM – 12 PM
11 AM –   1 PM RC/JC     MA   
    RC/JC   MA   12 PM –   2 PM
  1 PM –   3 PM PB        
    RC/JC  RC/JC    2 PM –   4 PM
  3 PM –   5 PM RC/JC  PB   MA  
    RC/JC  RC/JC    4 PM –   6 PM



Useful Links

Download Maple

WebCT

Maple TA

CS 122 Lab 1

CS 122 Lab 2

CS 122 Lab 3

CS 122 Lab 4

CS 122 Lab 5

CS 121 Website


Last updated on 4/11/2007 by Dr. Frederick W. Chapman ().

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