|Tuesday, 4–5 pm, AVW 4160
Thursday, 4–5 pm, Zoom
|Quinten De Man
|Monday, 11 am–noon, AVW 4160
Wednesday, 9:30–10:30 am, AVW 4160
|Wednesday, 3:30–4:30 pm, AVW 4160
Primary: Jon Kleinberg and Éva Tardos, Algorithm Design, Pearson (2006).
Supplemental: Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald Rivest, and Clifford Stein, Introduction to Algorithms, MIT Press (1990).
Your lowest assignment grade will be dropped. If you are unable to complete an exam or assignment by its deadline due to an excused absence (as per the UMD course policies), the remaining assignments will be reweighted. Students who complete less than half of the coursework should expect to withdraw.
There will be five homework assignments during the course. Assignments will be made available on Canvas and should be submitted using Gradescope. Please check that you are able to upload solutions by making a test submission well in advance of the first assignment deadline, and make sure your account is associated with the correct section of the course. Please submit completed assignments as PDF files, either as a typeset document or a clear scan of handwritten solutions, by the deadline stated on the assignment. Gradescope will not accept submissions after the deadline, and late assignments will not be accepted under any circumstances so that solutions can be made available promptly. You can replace a submission as many times as you like before the deadline (only the final version will be graded), so you are encouraged to make early submissions.
Your answers to the assignment problems should be written neatly and concisely, and you should always aim to present the simplest possible solution. Your assignment grades will be based on both correctness and clarity. Graded assignments will be available on Gradescope. If you think a problem has been graded incorrectly, you may submit a regrade request on Gradescope. Regrade requests must be submitted within three business days after an assignment is returned and should include a detailed justification.
You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with your peers, with the TAs, and with the course instructor. However, your solutions should be based on your own understanding and should be written independently. You should not read solutions for the same or similar problems to the ones you are assigned until after your assignment has been submitted. For each assignment, you will be asked to state that you have followed these guidelines, and to include a list of students in the class with whom you discussed the problems.
The class will include a midterm exam and a comprehensive final exam. You may consult textbooks and notes during the exams, but you cannot use electronic devices or any other resources.
You will take the midterm exam during the scheduled class time on Thursday, March 7. You will take the final exam at the registrar-scheduled time of 10:30 am–12:30 pm on Wednesday, May 15. Both exams will be held in the regular lecture room, IRB 0318.
We will follow the standard University of Maryland course policies. You should be familiar with them.
Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable academic accommodations due to a disability is asked to provide, to the instructor by email, a letter of accommodation from the Accessibility and Disability Service office within the first two weeks of the semester.
If you plan to observe any holidays during the semester that are not listed on the university calendar, please provide a list of these dates by the end of the first two weeks of the semester.