|Michael E. Mortenson
Wiley Computer Publishing
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Linear Algebra, Calculus
programming experience in at least one language (C, C++, Java, Perl, Basic, Fortran,
assignments are given every week from the textbook and handouts. Check the
"Schedule" section regularly for each week's reading
sets, most with some computational assignment, are given to help
students better understand the course material. The programming
part of the assignments is not too intensive (if you know the basics
of programming in one language), and the introduction to necessary
programming environments and software tools is provided by the
instructor. Problem sets are downloadable from the "Schedule"
After the spring break you will be working on a term project, which can
be: (1) a survey project, or (2) a programming project.
Individual Effort: The
solutions to all the problem sets and the project that you hand in
should be generated by your individual effort. It is ok to
discuss the approach to problems with other students, but the written
solutions and programs must be your own work and should not copied
from someone else. As a guiding principle, oral communication
concerning the problem sets is allowed, but not written communication.
Hand in your solutions to the problem sets by the beginning of the
class (3:30pm) on the due date. Program source codes and results
should be copied to one of the following afs directory by the same due date
off for one CMU class day, 50% off for two CMU class days, and no
point afterward. For example, suppose the due date is 2:30m Wed
afternoon, you will lose 20% if you hand it in by 3:30pm Thr, 50% by 3:30pm
Fri, and 100% afterward.
Grade Correction: Please
review a graded Problem Set right after it is returned to you to make sure that there is no error in grading. If you find an error,
you need to let the instructor know as soon as possible but no later
than a week from the date the Problem Set is returned to have the
The following is the tentative description of the project that you will be
working on toward the end of this course. The due dates and the
mission statement are subject to change.
- 3/27 (Wed) One page project proposal due
- 4/22 (Mon) Project Report due
- 4/22 (Mon) and
4/24 (Wed) Project Presentation
- The project will count
14% of the total grade.
"design" the difficulty and coverage of your project so that
you will spend the time and effort that you would spend for three or
- You can do either a "Survey Project" or a "Programming
- In a Survey Project, you are asked to find at least 6 technical
papers on your topic from conference proceedings and technical
journals. Read these papers, summarize problems, categorize
previously proposed approaches, discuss the pros and cons of each
approach, give discussion and observation. and wrap up with future
directions that you think might be promising.
- In a Programming Project, you are asked to define a problem (just
like in a Problem Set), write a code, show the results with several
test cases, and wrap up with discussion and observation. Define your
programming task so that the difficulty and the coverage of your
project is appropriate, that is, approximately two or three times
more difficult than programming assignments in Problem Sets.
- How you proceed:
- Step 1: Find a topic related to geometric modeling that you
are interested in.
- Step 2: Choose the type of your project, Survey Project or
- Step 3: Write and hand in a one page project proposal (Due:
3/27). This is to give me a chance to give you feedback on your
topic if it seems too easy or too tough. (You can later change the
description of the proposal with my permission.) Include the
following items in your proposal.
- Your name
- Project Title
- Project Type: "Survey" or "Programming"
- Mission Statement: Describe the goal and coverage of your
- Background information: Explain why you are interested in this
problem. Also give some background, for example, if this is a
part of your senior project, MS project, or Ph.D. project.
- Step 4: Work hard for a couple of weeks :-)
- Step 5: Write a Project Report as a html document and hand
it in as the following afs file (Due: 4/22):
You can use as many html or wrl files as you like in your project
directory, if they are linked from your index.html file. The format
of the report is open, but your report should include the following
- Survey Project: problem summary, classification of previous
approaches, discussion of pros and cons of each approach,
discussion and observation, and a list of the references. Also
hand in one copy of all the reference papers.
- Programming Project: problem summary, description of your
algorithms, results of some test cases, and discussion and
observation. Hand in your source code in the following
- Step 6:
Project Presentation: 4/22 (Mon) and 4/24 (Wed). Each student has
20min. to present his/her project and answer questions. The order of
the presentations will be decided on the first day, so everyone should
prepare their presentation material by 4/22.
on Missed Quizzes
A missed quiz counts as zero credit unless you get
permission in advance from the instructor. If you are sick a note from
the student health center is also required. A make-up quiz may not be
of the same difficulty as the in-class quiz. The instructor can also
give an oral make-up quiz.
Time management is a critical factor to your academic success,
as to any professional environment. Being a 12 unit course it is expected
that each student will devote at least 12 hours a week to: (1) reading
assignments, (2) attending lectures, (3) completing problem sets, (4)
reviewing lecture materials, and (5) preparing for midterm exams.
Your final grade will be
determined by an absolute method of grading. This is to allow you
to obtain a grade based on your individual performance without having to
compete with others. It is thus possible for the whole class to get an A
grade or in the other case for the whole class to get a C grade. (Of
course we hope that you all will work hard and get an A!) The evaluation
of your work in the course will consist of 11 Problem Sets and 3 Quizzes. The
final letter grade ranges are:
A: 100-90% B: 90-80% C: 80-70%
of Final Grade
+ 14 + 14 = 42%
Email Distribution List and B-board
class email distribution list will be created (+firstname.lastname@example.org),
and all the important announcement will be emailed to students.
class b-board is also available at academic/mech-e/24-786
for students to exchange discussions on Problems Sets. Announcements are
also posted on the b-board.