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1/22 - Week 1 assignments have been posted! Please bring your laptops to section.

Week 1 Preparation Guide

Please do the required reading before attempting problems. Not only does it contain the material you need for the week’s work, and more examples than in the lectures, it will remind you of the details that you have to keep in mind when attempting problems. You will solve problems faster if you read first.

Reading

The course follows the textbook in sequence. So you will always know which chapters are going to be covered: start where you left off in the previous week, and compare the home page calendar with the Table of Contents to see where to stop.

But in Week 1 there was no “previous week”, so I’ll start you off.

Required: Textbook Chapters 1 through 4

Highly recommended: Pitman Sections 1.3, 1.4 (through page 39), 1.6 (pages 60-65), 3.1

Recommended as a useful light read: Theory Meets Data Chapters 4 and 5

Practice Problems

The goal of practice is for you to figure out how to get started on a solution and see it through to the end. To achieve this, you have to be prepared to go over the background reading and examples and then mess around with the ideas yourself to come up with steps that will lead to a solution. It will not be achieved if you just read solutions created by others.

Each Review Set has two parts: The Basics and Additional Practice. Please do all the problems on the Basics list below. Then do as many as you can from the Additional Practice list. You might not have time to get to them all. That’s OK – if you have been practising coming up with solutions yourself, you should be able to tackle new problems on tests.

Review Set 1 is based on the material of Chapters 1 through 5.

  • The Basics: 2, 4, 8, 9
  • Additional Practice: 13, 15, 18, 20, 23, 25, 32, 35

Sections

In section you will work on practice problems and also on the week’s lab if needed. The proportion of time spent on the two activities will depend on the relative demands of the lab and the week’s theory.

The focus will be on approaches to problem-solving. So for example you might develop clear outlines for how to solve several problems, instead of finding the detailed answers to just a few.

In this week’s sections you will develop solutions or solution guides to parts of Lab 1 as well as the following:

Review Set 1 Exercises 3, 5, 6, 10, 19, 21, 28, 31, 33