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Weekly calendar

Below is a calendar of all office hours that the course staff offer. If you would like to speak to a staff member and you cannot make it to their office hours, send an email to set up a meeting. If you have a general question and cannot make it to anyone’s office hours, post to Piazza (see below).

Staff members will have the same office hours every week. Should there be a change to someone’s hours, there will be a post on Piazza, and the calendar will be updated.

TA office hours will be held online this semester, via Microsoft Teams. Before you can "enter" an office hour with a particular staff member, you need to line up in a virtual queue, just as you would line up in a physical queue in front of an office. For the virtual queuing, we are going to use a queuing website built recently by Khoury College students, available here. A short tutorial on how to use the site can be found here.

Piazza

Piazza is an on-line forum for class discussions as well as announcements. Anybody can post a question, and anybody can reply. You are expected to read Piazza announcements from the course staff. Announcements are generally made only through Piazza (although crucial ones may be accompanied by an email). By default, your personal Piazza email settings apply (which you can configure by clicking the wheel in the upper right corner).

To sign up for Piazza, click the link above.

Before posting, check whether your question has already been asked. If so but it has not yet been answered and it is not more than a day old, it will likely be answered soon. Avoid double-posting.

Posting (any parts of) a solution to (any parts of) a homework is tantamount to cheating. Limit your answers to other students to providing clarity when needed, and hints when appropriate. This is good practice should you ever want to be a tutor!

Note: Anonymity on Piazza means you are anonymous to other students but not to staff members.

Staff

In this course, you will encounter two “types” of people:

Email

When you need help with the lecture material, the lab material, or the homeworks, don’t despair—there are plenty of ways to get help.

A meeting with a TA or instructor is the best to get explanations because you can ask questions in real time and get answers to them. Try office hours.

If you have a question that you prefer to ask in a non-public setting, again try (the instructors’) office hours, or send email to anybody on the course staff.

Note that we may post anonymous excerpts from your email message on Piazza if we believe it is of general interest. If you want the message to remain completely private, be sure to request so when you send your message.