Spring 2009


June 2, 2009

Quiz 3 Solutions

Quiz 3 Solutions

May 30, 2009

Archive of Lecture Materials

For future reference, we have made an archive of the 6.033 lecture materials available here

May 29, 2009

Quiz 3 Results

The grade distribution for Quiz 3 is displayed below.

Quiz 3 Histogram

May 18, 2009

Quiz 3 Review

The TAs will be holding an optional quiz review session on Tuesday night at 7pm, in 32-123. Please come prepared with any questions.

May 11, 2009

HKN Evaluations

Course VI Reviews are open until midnight Sunday May 17. Please be sure to register your feedback on 6.033.

May 4, 2009

DP2 Due Thursday

This is a reminder that DP2 is due on Thursday May 7, at the start of recitation. If you have team members in multiple recitations, you may choose which of these to return your design project.

Project presentations will be in recitation on Tuesday May 12. You may use the blackboard for your presentation, but please don't use Powerpoint slides.

April 27, 2009

DP2 Final Presentations

Information on the May 12 in-class DP2 presentations has been posted here.

April 24, 2009

Quiz 2 Solutions

Quiz 2 Solutions

April 20, 2009

Quiz 2 Results

The grade distribution for Quiz 2 is displayed below.

As can be seen, the mean for this quiz was quite low. Don't be alarmed if your grade was low on this quiz. We will be taking the mean into consideration, so your relative position is more important than your absolute score.

We will be distributing quiz grades in the near future, ie. with time to spare before drop date. After you receive your grade summary, feel free to contact us if you are concerned about your overall grades.

Quiz 2 Histogram

April 14, 2009

Quiz 2 Review

The TAs will be holding an optional quiz review session on Wednesday night at 9pm, in 32-123. Please come prepared with any questions.

April 13, 2009

Quiz 2

Quiz 2 will be this Friday, at 2pm in Walker Gym (50-340). The schedule previously stated that the quiz will cover up to recitation 17, but note that material up to lecture 18 (inclusive) may be covered. This material is addressed in the class notes (9.4 and 9.5) if you missed class.

April 6, 2009

DP1 Feedback

Prof. Jackson put together a set of comments based on the design reports that he graded. They are particularly useful as a guide to structuring your ideas in a technical document, and should help you develop your writing skills for Design Project 2.

April 6, 2009

Design Project 2 Released

Design Project 2 (DP2) has been released. Your design proposal is due on April 23rd. The completed design is due on May 7th. We will post answers to common questions and other assignment clarifications on the DP2 FAQ.

Note that you need to form groups of size three and email your TA with a list of team members by midnight on Thursday April 9th. Time will be reserved in recitation tomorrow to begin forming project groups.

March 17, 2009

Quiz 1 Solutions

Quiz 1 Solutions

March 13, 2009

DP1 Style Guide

The Writing Program have put together a style guide for DP1, to guide you in the presentation and structure of your submissions. It is available here.

March 13, 2009

DP1 Writing Program Office Hours

The Writing Program will be holding additional office hours next week in preparation of DP1:

  • Lisa Dush will run a review/Q&A/makeup session on Monday 16 March 3-4, in 24-307.
  • Susan Ruff will have office hours dedicated to addressing questions on DP1, on Tuesday 17 March, 6-8, in 24-613.
  • Mary Caulfield will have office hours dedicated to addressing questions on DP1, on Wednesday 18 March, 3:30-4:30, in 12-113.
  • Don Unger will have office hours dedicated to addressing questions on DP1, on Thursday 19 March, 11-1, in 12-112.

March 13, 2009

Quiz 1 Results

The grade distribution for Quiz 1 is displayed below. Quiz solutions will be posted soon.

Quiz 1 Histogram

March 12, 2009

Temporary Room Change, March 13

Students in Ben Miller's and Don Unger's 2pm tutorial sections should go to room 4-231 tomorrow (ie. 2pm tutorials with TAs Tural Badirkhanli or Elizabeth Reid).

All other tutorials remain unchanged.

March 10, 2009

Incorrect Chapter 7 Section Numbering

The section numbering for chapter 7 in the course notes (both printed and online) starts at 7.10, rather than 7.1. As such, the section numbering throughout this chapter is incorrect. The assigned readings for this week and next refer to the sections as listed on the Chapter 7 table of contents, which is correct in both section and page numbers.

March 9, 2009

Updated Recitation 11 Notes

A new version of the Wide-Area Internet Routing notes for Recitation 11 is available here. This is an update to the notes in the course packet. It is similar in content to the previous notes, so it's okay if you've already read the old version. You may skip the appendices in these notes, and skip or skim sections 3.3 through 3.5.

March 5, 2009

Course Notes PDF

A message from the authors of the 6.033 course notes:

The printed copies of the book are defective: the page numbers are missing, and certain symbol characters are rendered as blanks. The original PDFs do not have these defects. To address the problem, we have posted those PDFs for downloading, in a protected directory that requires an M.I.T. personal certificate. Please respect the copyright and do not distribute these materials beyond the spring term 6.033 class. Thanks.

These PDFs also include a chapter with solutions to the problem sets from the class notes, which you may find useful.

March 5, 2009

Temporary Room Change, March 13

Lisa Dush's writing program tutorial at 1pm on Friday March 13th, will be merging with the tutorial in 38-166, for next week only. All other tutorials are unaffected.

March 4, 2009

Quiz Review: Room Change

The quiz review has been moved to 35-225, not 32-123 as mentioned earlier.

March 3, 2009

Quiz Review

The TAs will be holding a quiz review session on Wednesday night at 7pm, in 32-123. Please come prepared with any questions.

Feb 28, 2009

Upcoming Quiz

Quiz 1 (covering material through recitation 8) will be at 2pm on Friday March 6. Students in recitations R01-R04 should go to room 34-101, while students in recitations R05-R08 will be in 32-123. The Quiz 1 FAQ contains more detailed information and pointers to practice material.

Feb 20, 2009

DP1 Design Proposals

Just a reminder that two copies of your DP1 proposals are due in recitation on Tuesday. Any clarifications to the design project can be found on the DP1 FAQ or answered by your TA.

Feb 11, 2009

Temporary Friday Room Change

The Friday tutorials for students in R01, R02, R06 and R06 (those with writing instructors Mary Caulfield or Ben Miller) will be merged for this week only. Students from these recitations should go to 38-166 for the 1pm session, or 24-121 for the 2pm session.

Feb 10, 2009

Design Project 1 Released

Design Project 1 (DP1) has been released. Your design proposal is due on February 24th (two weeks). The completed design is due on March 19th (right before spring break). We will post answers to common questions and other assignment clarifications on the DP1 FAQ.

Feb 9, 2009

TA Office Hours

TA office hours commence this week, and are listed on the staff page. It is strongly encouraged that you only attend the office hours for the TA assigned to your recitation, however you may attend any session if you have a conflict with your assigned time.

Feb 6, 2009

Therac Memo Clarification

There was some confusion about the use of the term "re-design" in the Therac One-pager. We have clarified the memo to refer simply to the system "design" - you may discuss the testing and safety analysis both of the original Therac-25 design and/or the later design modifications.

Since your submission is limited to only one page in length, you should not include any figures/graphics or attachments.

Feb 5, 2009

Friday Sections

The rooms for Friday tutorials and writing program lectures have been posted to the Sections page. As a reminder, you may attend either tutorial (1pm or 2pm) held by the same TA as your assigned recitation.

Students who miss the Friday writing recitation section will be required to make it up. Don Unger will run a review session on Monday 9 Feb, at noon, in 12-132. For students who can't make that time, Mary Caulfield will have a dedicated office hour on Monday 9 Feb at 4pm, in 12-113. Students who want additional information or help may also attend these sessions, or email the writing program lecturer attacted to your section.

Feb 4, 2008

Important: Section Assignments Posted

Please look up your Recitation Assignment. You must go to your asssigned recitation. If you cannot attend your assigned recitation due to a serious conflict, email the head TA. If your name does not appear on this list and you wish to take 6.033, attend any section for tomorrow and email the head TA.

Your recitation section TA will be the one teaching your tutorial. For Friday tutorials and writing recitations, attend either the 1pm or 2pm section in the appropriate room assigned to your TA at that time. All TAs teach at both 1pm and 2pm.

We are still awaiting the location of Friday tutorial rooms from the registrar. These will be posted on this page when they become available, in the near future.

Feb 3, 2009

Recitation Preferences

Don't worry if you missed out on recitation sign-up today. There will be a stack of recitation sign-up sheets at the back of the lecture tomorrow, Feb 4. If you haven't already done so, make sure you fill one out and return it at the end of class.

Feb 3, 2009

Course Packets

Course packets are available to be picked up from CopyTech (11-004). The cost is $42, payable with cash / check / credit card / tech-id account. Since the packets change from year to year, it is not ok to use last year's packet.

Jan 29, 2009

Important: First Day of Class

6.033 begins on Tuesday Feb 3 with a recitation. You should ignore the recitation room and time assigned to you by the registrar. Note that not all of the recitation rooms listed by the registrar will be offered, but all timeslots will be available. Please consult this list of available recitations and go to one of them on Tuesday, February 3 (the first day of classes). During recitation, you will be given recitation preference sheets on which you can list your recitation and tutorial preferences. By 10pm on Wednesday February 4, we will assign a binding list of recitation assignments for the rest of the term, and post them to this page.

Jan 27, 2009

Lecture Times

6.033 lectures will be at 2:00pm. Some versions of the course schedule from the registrar said MWF3, but MWF2 is correct.

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