Syllabus:  Detailed syllabus in pdf (revised Feb 7)  
Professor:  David Zuckerman Email: diz@cs.utexas.edu Phone: 4719729 Office: GDC 4.508 Office Hours: MW 45, or by appointment. 

TAs: 
Eshan Chattopadhyay,
eshanc@cs.utexas.edu,
Office Hours: Thursday 121, GDC 4.440 (4th floor lobby). Muhibur Rasheed, muhibur@cs.utexas.edu, Office Hours: Tuesday 1011, GDC 1.302. Fangkai Yang, fkyang@cs.utexas.edu, Office Hours: Tuesday 12, GDC 3.802C. 

Logistics: 
MWF 34.
ECJ 1.202. Unique Number (Discussion Section Time; TA): 53536 (F 1112; TAs alternate), 53537 (F 121; Eshan), 53538 (F 23; Fangkai), 53539 (F 23; Muhibur). Course web page: http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~diz/378 

Text:  Kleinberg and Tardos, Algorithm Design  
Course Topics: 


May 1 lecture:  Slides:
The Power of Randomness in Computation Companion essay: Can Random Coin Flips Speed Up a Computer?  
Grading: 
45%: 3 InClass Exams 40%: Final Exam 15%: Homework 

Homework: 
There will be a problem set almost every week, posted on Blackboard.
Collaboration policy: While you should first think about the problems on your own, you are encouraged to discuss the problems with your classmates. However, you must write up your own solutions. In particular, nobody should email partial or full solutions to anybody. You must acknowledge any collaboration by writing your collaborators' names on the front page of the assignment. You don't lose points by having collaborators. Citation policy: Try to solve the problems without reading any published literature or websites, besides the class text and links off of the class web page. If, however, you do use a solution or part of a solution that you found in the literature or on the web, you must cite it. Furthermore, you must write up the solution in your own words. You will get at most half credit for any solution found in the literature or on the web. Submission policy: Homeworks are due at the beginning of class. Late policy: Late homeworks will not be accepted.  
Exams:  The three inclass exams will be given on the following dates: Exam 1 on Friday, February 8; Exam 2 on Wednesday, March 20; and Exam 3 on Friday, April 12. The final exam will be cumulative, and given on Wednesday, May 8, from 710pm in FAC 21. No makeup exams will be given, so plan accordingly. You may bring a single, 8.5x11 inch, handwritten sheet of paper (you may use both sides). For the final exam, you may bring four such sheets. No calculators are allowed (they won't be necessary).  
Piazza:  We will be using Piazza for class discussion. The system is highly catered to getting you help fast and efficiently from classmates, the TAs, and myself. Rather than emailing questions to the teaching staff, please post your questions on Piazza. If you have any problems or feedback for the developers, email team@piazza.com. Find our class page at: https://piazza.com/utexas/spring2013/cs378algorithmsandcomplexity/home. 