Grades: Grades will be assessed on
the basis of homeworks, which will be given roughly biweekly. There
will be no exams (or midterms). Students may discuss problems with each
other but have to write down the solutions independently. The
following restrictions hold for all problems of the set: Students may
ask questions to the TA (if one exists) and the professor. Resources
which you may use while working on the homework include any books and
noninteractive websites (i.e. no posting of the questions on internet
fora). For calculations which you can do by hand, you may use a
computer algebra program (Mathematica, Maple, etc.); you may also fell
free to use a computer to gain intuition (say by solving small
instances of the problems), so long as your eventual proof does not
depend on such a computation. If you use significant ideas from
any source, other than the books mentioned on this website, you should
mention where you got them from.
Note that as this is an upperlevel course, the assignments will
involve proofs, which will be required to be rigorous. (As a
result, we strongly recommend that the student have prior exposure to
rigorous mathematics, such as provided by Math 5a or 108a.)
You can get one extension for one homework set of 1 day, no questions
asked, if requested before the deadline. Extensions for a longer period
or after the first time you have to provide a letter from the Dean or a
doctor (unless you did this for the first extension).
