Class Policy Sheet

CMDA 3605: Mathematical Modeling: Methods and Tools I

CRN #82335

Fall 2017

Class Meeting Time and Place: Tuesday and Thursday 2:00pm-3:15pm, McBryde 230

Instructor: Matthias Chung, 474 McBryde Hall, phone: 231-3446, e-mail:

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am – 8:30am and 3:20pm - 4:00pm or by appointment

Course Webpage: Log in the course webpage via:

Textbooks:  No textbooks are selected for this course. Class notes and copies of relevant book chapters will be provided on Canvas.

If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get the class notes and assignments from fellow students. You are also responsible to get informed about any announcements made during class whether it has been posted online or not.

Contents: CMDA 3605 covers, as time allows, the difference equations, differential equations, Markov Chains and various additional topics.

Prerequisites: Standard prerequisites CMDA 2005/2006 or equivalent courses are enforced.

Software: MATLAB is required for this course and can be purchased from the Software Distribution Office that is located in 3240 Torgersen Hall. See Student Software Distribution for more information. Note that MATLAB is available on the computers at the Math Emporium.

Attendance: Attendance will be taken during each class and is based on your attendance at 2:00pm (You will be considered absent if you are late for class). Your attendance will count 5% towards your final grade and it is your responsibility to initial the attendance sheet.

Course Resources: All course related material and announcements will be posted on the CMDA 3605 Canvas site. Check this site regularly for announcements and materials posted in the resources folder (this includes to check your course emails on regular bases). You are not permitted to make posted solutions to homework problems, projects, or exams available to anyone not enrolled in this course during the Fall 2017 semester. Violating this policy will be an honor code violation.

Electronic Devices: Laptop and tablet computers are not permitted during class. Calculators are not allowed on any exam. You must silence and put away all cell phones before class begins.

Homework: Homework will be assigned each week, be posted on Canvas, and will be collected on Thursdays at the beginning of the class. Two students may turn in one joined submission (both students will get the same grade). No late homework will be accepted. Homework submissions requiring MATLAB code must be submitted via the VT Canvas webpage and as a printout. Homework will count 20% towards your final grade. LaTeX homework submissions will get extra points.

Exams: Two in-class exams will be given. Each exam accounts for 15% towards your final grade.

Tentative Exams Dates:

·      Exam 1: October 5th, 2017 (in class)

·      Exam 2: November 9th, 2017 (in class)

·      Final Exam: 1:05pm – 3:05pm, Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Final Exam: The final exam is scheduled for Saturday, December 16th, 2017 from 1:05pm – 3:05pm, (2 hours). The final exam will count 20% towards your final grade.

Project: A project will be assigned in the semester. The intention of the project is to deepen the understanding of course material with respect to a specific topic. The written report of the project will be graded. LaTeX project submissions will get extra points. The project will count 10% towards your final grade.

Quizzes: There will be biweekly quizzes. Quizzes are scheduled for every other Thursday (9/14, 9/28, 10/19, 11/2, and 11/30, tentatively) for about 10 minutes at the end of the class. Quizzes will count 15% towards your final grade.

Determination of Final Grade: The final grade will be determined as follows:








Final Exam











Percentages of at least 90, 80, 70, and 60 guarantee grades of at least A-, B-, C-, and D-, respectively.


Make-Up Exams: There will be no make-up exams. If you miss an exam, your score will be zero unless the reasons for your absence are serious, unavoidable and beyond your control. In this case, contact the instructor as soon as possible, and no later than 36 hours after the exam was taken. The instructor will decide how to handle this exam after consultation with you. No additional work to receive a better grade will be granted.


Grade Appeals: Grading disputes (points totaled incorrectly, partial credit appeals, missing grades on Canvas, etc.) must be brought to my attention within one week of return. Documentation for missed classes (e.g., due to medical reasons) must be provided within one week of occurrence. Appeals outside of this time frame will not be considered.


Academic Integrity: For graded homework assignments, you may discuss solutions with other students, but each student must do individual, independent write-ups to turn in. Direct copying of solutions or parts of solutions from any source is a violation of the honor code, as is sharing your solutions with others. All exams are to be done without any assistance from anyone else. Your work here is at all times governed by the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Honor System as stated in the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Catalog. Failure to follow these restrictions, and giving or receiving unauthorized aid or assistance on in-class quizzes or exams are Virginia Tech Honor System violations and cases will be filed.

The Undergraduate Honor Code pledge that each member of the university community agrees to abide by states:

“As a Hokie, I will conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor will I accept the actions of those who do.”

Students enrolled in this course are responsible for abiding by the Honor Code. A student who has doubts about how the Honor Code applies to any assignment is responsible for obtaining specific guidance from the course instructor before submitting the assignment for evaluation. Ignorance of the rules does not exclude any member of the University community from the requirements and expectations of the Honor Code.

For additional information about the Honor Code, please visit: The Virginia Tech Honor System will be strictly enforced.

You and your classmates are here to learn, and that happens best in an atmosphere of mutual respect with freedom from distractions and disturbances. All of us should abide by the Virginia Tech Principles of Community. 

Special Needs: Students, who have any special needs or circumstances, should feel free to meet with me to discuss what can be done to help them fulfill the requirements of the class. Also, they may contact the Dean of Students who will see that their special needs are considered and appropriately addressed.