6.02 Fall 2012 Calendar

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Week of Mon Tue Wed Thu
Sep 03 Labor Day Registration Day L01: Introduction and objectives for communication systems. Information & entropy. Huffman coding. R01: Information and entropy, Huffman coding.
Sep 10 L02: Source coding: Huffman codes & LZW. R02: Compression. L03: Errors & binary symmetric channels. Error correction intro. R03: Hamming distance. Parity calculations.
Sep 17 L04: Error correction (channel coding). Hamming distance. Parity bits. R04: L05: Rectangular parity codes. Hamming codes. Linear block codes. Interleaving.
 PS #1 due (Huffman and LZW)
R05:
Sep 24 L06: Convolutional codes. R06: L07: Viterbi decoding of convolutional codes.
 PS #2 due (linear block codes)
R07:
Oct 1 L08: Gaussian noise. SNR and BER, dB scale. R08: L09: Transmitting on a physical channel: the bits-signal boundary, digital signaling, modulation and demodulation intro.
 PS #3 due (Viterbi decoder + comparing codes)
R09:
Oct 08 Columbus Day Columbus Day L10: Linear, time-invariant (LTI) channel models in continuous time (CT) and discrete time (DT). Step response, unit sample (impulse) response, convolution, causality. No recitation
Quiz 1 (evening) 7:30-9:30pm.
Location: 34-101 & 32-123
Topics: through L07/R07/PS3
Oct 15 L11: Intersymbol interference (ISI). Pyaudio channel demo (full oneping library). Understanding LTI systems through their frequency response. R10: L12: Filters and composition. Deconvolution as (noise-sensitive) inverse filtering.
 PS #4 due (digital signaling, clock recovery; noise analysis)
R11:
Oct 22 L13: Fourier transformation to display the spectrum of a periodic signal (discrete-time Fourier series). R12: L14: More on discrete-time Fourier series. Spectrum of non-periodic signals (discrete-time Fourier transforms). Spectral character of noise.
 PS #5 due (unit-step & unit-sample response, eye diagrams)
R13:
Oct 29 Lecture Cancelled (Hurricane Sandy) R14: L15: Modulation on a sinusoidal carrier, and demodulation (time-domain and frequency-domain interpretations). Sharing spectrum using multiple carriers. R15:
Nov 5 L16: Signals in time and frequency, LTI channels, filtering, and modulation/demodulation: how these come together in modem design. R16: L17: Multi-hop networks. Packet switching. Queues. Sources of delay.
 PS #6 due (Modulation & demodulation)
R17:
Nov 12 Veteran's Day No recitation
Quiz 2 (evening) 7:30-9:30pm. Location: E25-111, E25-117, 66-144
Topics: L08-16/R08-15, R17/PS4-6
L18: Sharing a channel: MAC protocols (TDMA, Aloha). R18 :
Nov 19 L19: Network layer: Routing protocols (without failures). R19: Lecture cancelled. (Prep for thanksgiving!)
Drop date
 PS #7 due (MAC protocols)
Thanksgiving
Nov 26 L20: Network layer: Routing protocols (handling failures). Comparing distance-vector & link-state protocols. R20: L21: Transport protocols: reliable data delivery.
 PS #8 due (distance-vector & link-state routing protocols)
R21:
Dec 3 L22: Transport protocols: improving throughput with sliding windows. R22: L23: From the telegraph to the Internet.
 PS #9 due (transport protocols).
R23:
Dec 10 L24: Course wrap-up. R24: Quiz 3 review L25: No lecture! No recitation
Dec 17 Quiz 3: December 18, 2012 (Tu),1:30-4:30 pm. Location: Johnson Track (upstairs). Topics: L17-end (Chapters 15 through 19)