CSC 261 Grinnell College Fall, 2007
Artificial Intelligence

  Assignments    Programming and Projects   Schedule ( .dvi format / pdf format / postscript )
  Instructor   Textbook   Course Work   Deadlines   Collaboration   Grading   User-Consultants


Henry M. Walker

Office: Science 3811
Telephone: extension 4208

Office hours are posted weekly on the bulletin board outside Science 3811, with additional hours possible by appointment. You may reserve a half hour meeting by signing up on the weekly schedule, but please sign up at least a day in advance.


The primary textbook for this course is:

The following sources also may be useful:


While the schedule for this course is expected to evolve, a Tentative Class Schedule is available in dvi , postscript, and pdf formats.

Also, if you are logged into the departmental network and want a copy printed, click duerer to have a copy printed on the printer duerer, and click pacioli to have a copy printed on the printer pacioli .

Course Work

Course Work will involve a combination of the following activities.


Deadlines are shown on the Tentative Class Schedule , and work is due at the start of each class specified. A penalty of 33% per class meeting will be assessed for any assignment turned in late, even work submitted at the end of a class. However, an extension of at least one class period is automatically granted if MathLAN is down for an unscheduled period for a period of three or more hours during the week preceding the assignment.

Absolute Deadline: All homework must be turned in by Friday, December 14 at 5:00 pm;
problems or programs received after that time will not be counted in the grading of the course.


The work in this course is split between individual and group work. The rules for collaboration on assignments will be given for each activity.


The final grade will be based upon each student's demonstration of his or her understanding of and facility in programming, not on the performance of the class as a whole nor on a strict percentile basis. While some flexibility may be possible in determining a final semester grade, the following percentages approximate the relative weights attached to various activities in this course.

Written Assignments: 20% Programming and Projects: 40% Hour Tests: 20% Final Exam: 20%

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