There will be a written exam, either in the last week of the semester, or in the first week after the semester. The grade you get in this exam is the grade for the course.
There will be take-home exercises, typically once a week (but we will occasionally deviate from this rhythm). Exercises can be done in teams of up to three students, and we encourage you to do this. Each team turns in only one copy of their solution. The members of the team must be marked clearly on the solution.
Because we take the exercises seriously and want you to do this too, there are a number of constraints that you must satisfy to be admitted to the final exam. Below, we assume that there will be n exercise sheets in the entire semester.
- Each student must turn in solutions to at least n-2 exercise sheets. (All or some of these may be as part of a team.)
- Each student must get at least 50% of all possible points, but we will ignore each student's worst two exercises. Exercises to which the student didn't submit a solution count as 0 points for this purpose. Example: Let's say that n = 4, that the total number of points on each exercise sheet was 4, and that a student submitted three solutions, with 1, 2, and 3 points respectively. Then the best two exercise sheets are the ones with 2 and 3 points. Because 2 + 3 = 5 is more than 50% of 8 (the total number of points for these two exercise sheets), the student may be admitted to the exam.
- There will be semi-regular exercise sessions (mostly, once a week) in which you can discuss the solutions of last week's exercises with us. This will take the format that a student presents their solution, and then everybody can discuss. Each individual student (not the group) must present a solution to an exercise at least once in the semester.
Exercise discussion vs. lectures
The course takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11-13. We will flexibly use some of these sessions for lectures and others for exercise discussions. Sometimes we will start a session with exercise discussions and then continue with a lecture. So we encourage you to participate regularly if you don't want to miss anything.