This class will involve three substantial exercises.
Each student will do the exercise
For most of the exercises, you will need more than one machine.
For each exercise, you will have two or three weeks do complete it.
Please make sure you have read the lab rules.
Please do not work with another student. When it is your
lab time in SAL 224, you should be the only person sitting
in front of a set of lab setup.
To be fair to all, the following rule will be enforced.
If the TA or the instructor walked into the lab and
found two students sitting at the same lab setup, both
students will receive a score of zero for the lab exercise
and the remaining timeslots of these students will be freed
If you are just chatting with another student, please do it
outside of the lab because the above rule will be enforced.
Timeslot assignments will be done through lotteries.
After the lotteries are enabled, you can enter a string for each
lottery. (If you do not enter anything, your login ID will
be your entry into the lottery.)
You will also need to assign priorities for the available timeslots.
The lottery will order the
students into a list, based on a secret string which will be
disclosed when the lottery is run. Students are then assigned
timeslots in a round-robin fashion according to the lottery
result and the priorities specified by the students.
How to sign up for timeslots will be announced during the first lecture.
After the lotteries are over, you should check the schedules using
the links above and decide if you would like to make changes.
Change requests should be sent to the TA via e-mails.
In order to be fair, requests to move timeslots must be done
at least 24 hours in advance
(from the beginning of both
the "from" and the "to" timeslots). Please also note the following:
- If you plan to go for a free timeslot, please check the above schedule
before you go. It is possible that it may have been assigned since
the last time you looked.
- If you want to swap a lab exercise timeslot with another student and
both of you have agreed, you do not need to ask the TA to change the
scheduling information on the web because we do not monitor who
is there at what time,
provided that both students remain registered in class.
(Please note that access to the exercises is restricted.)
Please note that the only allowed file formats are Text, PDF,
Postscript, and HTML.
Please name your submission as either ex#.txt, ex#.pdf,
ex#.ps, or ex#.html, respectively (where # is
the exercise number).
We will assign letter grades to your submissions. The conversion
from a letter grade to a numeric score (for lab exercises)
is done according to the following table:
- Start early: Each exercise is fairly involved.
Do not underestimate the time it will take to perform the exercise.
- Slots: We will set up a schedule in the lab, to ensure that
you have exclusive access, for certain periods of time,
to machines that you will need. Each week, you will have two
reserved 4-hour slots.
- Preparation: Prepare thoroughly before going into the lab to
do your exercise. Read the relevant material before hand,
and plan carefully what you want to do during the lab session.
- Scripting: Write perl or shell scripts to automate as many of the
tasks as you can. This is useful because you may need to do the
experiment many times.