Handouts and Announcements:
Teaching Assistant: Sleiman Itani (ssolomon[at]mit[dot]edu) and Ilan lobel (lobel[at]mit[dot]edu), Room 32-D740
Office hours: Monday 3-4 and Tuesday 10-11. 32-D600 lounge.
Grader: Michael Rinehart (mdrine[at]mit[dot]edu)
Secretary: Ms. Fifa Monserrate (fifa[at]mit[dot]edu), Room 32-D733, x3-2184
Lecture: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00-12:30, 36-112
Recitation: Friday 11-12.
Textbook: D. P. Bertsekas, Dynamic Programming and Optimal Control, Athena Scientific, 2005 (3rd edition).
Test: There will be one take home exam on the week of November 15.
The homeworks are not intended as tests, but as vehicles for learning, complemented by the homework solutions that we hand out, and by any discussions that you have about the problems. Moderate collaboration on homework with your classmates is permitted. Discussions with the TA and instructor are encouraged. There is no harm in seeking minor assistance from others who are knowledgeable but not involved in the class, although we would much prefer that your discussions be with those in the class.
We expect each of you to put in enough time alone to understand the specific difficulties and issues raised by each homework problem. We also expect that you will independently write up the actual solutions that you turn in, and not give us direct copies of a classmate's solutions! You should note on your solutions the names of those you have collaborated with or obtained help from.
We will feel free to use problems from previous terms. For obvious reasons, any use of written solutions from previous terms is strongly prohibited -- you will gain very little in the short run, and you will lose significantly on the opportunity to genuinely master the material.
It is important that you give us an email address for yourself, and important that you check it daily, as there will quite likely be administrative and other messages sent out from time to time by the 6.231 teaching staff.
Course material will be posted on the course website.
Homeworks this term may make some use of Matlab, a package for numerical linear algebra that is available on Athena. You should start familiarizing yourself with Matlab right away, if you have not worked with it before. You can get an introductory overview by typing add matlab and hitting the return key at the Athena prompt, then matlab & and return. Once in Matlab you can type demo and return, then use the menu. Type quit and return to get out of Matlab. You can also find an interactive tutorial and useful links to other tutorials at http://web.mit.edu/matlab/www/home.html.