EECS 148 Introduction to Computer Networks
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.
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.