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__Problem Sets__
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__Advice:
Many problems will require a good bit of interpretation. You will find that often the
problem gives you more information than you need, or not enough. This is intentional. At
least half of the work consists of formulation of the mathematical problem. Hence, I
expect you to struggle with some problems. There is no one correct answer to many
problems. An answer is almost never sufficient without an explanation. This is
particularly true if you want to convince me that your approach, although it may be
different than mine, is reasonable. Any assumptions you have made should be stated clearly
at the top of the solution. On a small scale, this makes the problems much more
representative (than most textbook problems) of network problems you will encounter in
real life.
You are welcome to come ask me questions about how to approach a problem. You
may discuss how to approach a problem with as many other students as you like,
but you must work out the solution by yourself. Identical
solutions presented by different students will be considered cheating if it is
clear that collaboration proceeded beyond
discussing the approach to the problem.
Explain what you are doing in English. An answer or some arithmetic, without an
explanation in English, will often not receive full credit. This will also help
me give you partial credit when you do something wrong early in the problem upon
which later results depend.
Make sure you answer all questions asked. Often problems include multiple
questions. Please mark final answers in boxes to make grading easier.
I will make available solution sets at the ET copy center when each problem set
is graded and returned. You are encouraged to obtain these solutions and to
compare them to your solution.
A sheet listing problems assigned out of Walrand, ** 1st. ed.** and
Tanenbaum, 3rd ed.
is available here. These will be assigned on problem sets
throughout the quarter.
Problem Set #1, assigned 4/4, due 4/11
Problem Set #2, assigned 4/11, due 4/18
Problem Set #3, assigned 4/18, due 4/25
Problem Set #4, assigned 4/25, due 5/2
Problem Set #5, assigned 5/2, due 5/16
Problem Set #6, assigned 5/16, due 5/23
Problem Set #7, assigned 5/23, due 5/30
Problem Set #8, assigned 5/30, due 6/6 |