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  1. Requirements
    1. Problem sets
    2. Exams
    3. Attendance
  2. Grading Policy
  3. JHU Ethics Statement
  4. Disability Accommodations
  5. Anxiety, Stress and Mental Health


Problem sets

During the first phase of the course, there will be a problem set assigned due roughly each week on Monday in class: more information is available on the schedule page. Late homework is rarely accepted unless you have an exceptionally good excuse for it.

It is encouraged, but not required, that you use LaTeX for typesetting your homework assignments. LaTex is a powerful markup language for typing up mathematics and is used in many technical fields. Appendix D of our textbook has a nice introduction to the basic features of LaTeX. I will make homework files available in LaTex format so you can start using it right away. If this is your first time using LaTeX, I recommend that you start by using an online editor (e.g. Overleaf). I included some useful links on the LaTeX page


There will be a midterm exam. The exam is based on the material of the phase I. Please consult the schedule page of this website for the exact time and location of the midterm exam.


Since we will cover a lot of ground this semester and much of the material is cumulative, attendance in lectures is strongly encouraged. The class particiapation is particularly important in the second phase. Note that the class participation contributes to your final grade.

Grading Policy

There is no specific formula for grading. Your final grade will be based on the evidence of learning trajectory which includes, but not limited to the statistics obtained from data points listed in below in order of importance:

  • Homework assignments
  • Contribution to the class discussion
  • Lean workshop
  • Midterm exam

JHU Ethics Statement

The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition.

Report any violations you witness to the instructor. You may consult the associate dean of student conduct (or designee) by calling the Office of the Dean of Students at 410-516-8208 or via email at For more information, see the Homewood Student Affairs site on academic ethics:
or the e-catalog entry on the undergraduate academic ethics board:

Disability Accommodations

If you are a student with a disability or believe that you might have a disability that requires special accommodations, please contact Student Disability Services to obtain a letter from a specialist:

385 Garland
(410) 516-4720

To arrange for testing accommodation, remind the instructor and provide the letter from the Student Disability Services no later than 7 days before each exam.

Anxiety, Stress and Mental Health

If you are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression or other mental health related concerns, please consider visiting the JHU Counseling Center. If you are concerned about a friend, please encourage that person to seek out their services. The Counseling Center is located at 3003 North Charles Street in Suite S-200 and can be reached at 410-516-8278 and online at

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