- We will take an active learning approach similar in some respects to TEAL.
- You must do the reading before each class.
- In class we will assume you have done the reading. We will lecture on the material assuming this.
- We
*do not*expect that you will have mastered the material on first reading. The goal is to start the process, so class will be more productive. - The reading questions will prepare you for the harder questions we will work during class and on the problem sets.
- The reading questions will count toward your grade.
- We meet three times a week.
- Monday/Wednesday (80 minutes each) will be a blend of lecture, concept questions and group problem solving.
- Friday (50 minutes) will usually be a
*"studio"*day. It will involve longer problems and the use of R. You will need to bring your laptop on Fridays. - R
- We will make frequent use of R for computation, simulation and visualization.
- We will teach you everything you need to know to use R as a tool.
- You will not be expected to use R to do any hardcore computer programming.

- You will be able to choose your own group.
- After a week or so groups will be more or less permanent.
- Groups should sit together at tables.
- If you need to find a group or your group needs a third person let us know and we will help.

**Problem sets**- Problem sets will be due most weeks, usually on Monday.
- You will turn them in
**to the homework slots outside room 4-174**. (Do**NOT**use the boxes outside our classroom!) - They must be turned in by 9:30 a.m. on the day they are due.
**Late homeworks will not receive credit.**This is an absolute rule, based in part on the logistics of grading. (Note that your lowest pset score is dropped.) - The graders have strict instructions not to accept work that is excessively sloppy or difficult to read.
- Your work should be formatted like any paper or book. That is, it should be given in lines that are written left to right and go down the page.
- You should work the problem out on scratch paper first and then put the final version in your homework.
- Problems should be presented in order, so the grader can find them easily. You might do each problem on a separate piece of paper, in whatever order you like, and then staple the pages into the correct order.
**Exams**- There will be two in-class midterm exams and a comprehensive final exam.
- The midterms will be designed to take one hour, but you will have the entire 80 minutes of class to finish.
- We will have one R-based quiz. For that quiz you will be allowed to use the internet in any way except to communicate with other people.
**Accommodations**- If you have a disability accommodation letter from SDS, please speak with the Mathematics disabilities accommodation coordinator, Theresa Cummings, in MAS (tcumming@mit.edu) as soon as possible to make arrangements for the semester.

- Your code from R studios will count for 10% of your grade.
- Problem sets will count for 15% of your grade. In computing your pset average we will drop your lowest score.
- The midterm exams and R quiz combined will count for 50% of your grade (20%, 20%, 10%).
- The final exam will count for 25% of your grade.