Administrative Details

Instructor: Aravind Srinivasan
Office: AVW 3263, Phone: 301-405-2695
Instructor's office Hours: Tue, Thu 11AM-noon in AVW 3263, or by appointment (please email Aravind)
Half-TAs: Karthik Abinav Sankararaman and Pan Xu
TA Office Hours: Fri 3-5PM in AVW 4185
Course Time and Location: Tue, Thu 3:30-4:45, CSIC 1120
Course Webpage:


Please register on the Piazza webpage for this class. All primary communication will happen on this site.

Approximate schedule: The approximate schedule thus far is here (make sure to reload this page).

Course Goals

Our primary goals are as follows:

Tentative List of Topics

Grading, Homework, and Exams

The grading will be as follows -- students will form groups of typical size three for the first two items below:

Course Evaluation

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their course evaluations toward the end of the semester; please do so at the CourseEvalUM website.  

Excused Absences

See the university's policy on medically-necessitated absence from class. The "Major Scheduled Grading Events" for this course are the mid-term and final exams; students claiming an excused absence from these events must apply in writing and furnish documentary support (such as from a health-care professional who treated the student) for any assertion that the absence qualifies as an excused absence. The support should explicitly indicate the dates or times the student was incapacitated due to illness. Self-documentation of illness is not itself sufficient support to excuse the absence. An instructor is not under obligation to offer a substitute assignment or to give a student a make-up assessment unless the failure to perform was due to an excused absence.

Academic Accommodations for Disabilities

Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations due to a disability is requested to provide, to the instructor in office hours, a letter of accommodation from the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) within the first two weeks of the semester.

Academic Integrity

The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit

To further exhibit your commitment to academic integrity, remember to sign the Honor Pledge on all examinations and assignments: "I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination (assignment)."

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