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This page contains information about TA activities for CDS 101/110a, Fall 2008.
 
This page contains information about TA activities for CDS 101/110a, Fall 2008.
  
== Assignments ==
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== TA Duties ==
  
=== Course responsibilities ===
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=== Mud Cards (FAQ) ===
* Mailing list administration (Richard and Elisa Franco) - approve valid postings to the TA and class mailing lists.  Manage subscriptions to the list and fix any problems.  Admin pages for the lists: [http://listserv.cds.caltech.edu/mailman/admin/cds101-students cds101-students], [http://listserv.cds.caltech.edu/mailman/admin/cds101-tas cds101-tas]
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* Recording lectures (Sawyer Fuller) - record each lecture that Richard gives and place it online after the lecture.
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* Mud cards (Julia Braman) - collect mud cards at the end of the lecture and distribute to the other TAs to be answered that evening.  Look through the answers to the mud cards as they come up to make sure they are in a consistent style.
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* MATLAB review (Luis Soto) - present the MATLAB review in the first week of class and generally respond to questions from the students regarding MATLAB.  Place MATLAB examples on the wiki as needed.
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* SIMULINK review (George Hines) - present the SIMULINK review in the first week of class and generally respond to questions from the students regarding SIMULINK.  Place SIMULINK examples on the wiki as needed.
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=== Weekly TA assignments ===
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Mud cards are collected at the end of every lecture and are distributed among the TAs to be answered.  The wiki says that the answers will be up by 8pm, so please plan to post the answers by 7pm so we can fix any problems that you may encounter.  How to post: [http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~murray/wiki/CDS_101/110a/210%2C_Fall_2008_-_TA_Information#Creating_FAQ_pages FAQ How-To].
Each week a different TA will be responsible for helping with the homework problems (and solutions).  The work to be done includes:
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* Prior week: look through the homework problems and solutions, flagging any issues to Richard; look through the wiki pages for the lecture and make sure all links work
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* Assigned week: take the lead on answering questions related to the homework.  Lead a discussion at the TA meeting on any issues that may come up in the recitation sections related to the homework
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* Following week: decide how to divide up the grading between the TAs; tally all of the homework scores (and times) in the grading spreadsheet. The TA for the current week should not grade in that week (so for HW 1, George would not grade; for HW 2, Elisa would not grade, etc).
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<blockquote>
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{| cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0
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|- valign=top
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| width=50% |
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* Week 1 - Luis Soto
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* Week 2 - George Hines
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* Week 3 - Elisa Franco
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* Week 4 - Julia Braman
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* Week 5 (midterm review) - Sawyer Fuller
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|
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* Week 6 - Luis Soto
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* Week 7 - George Hines
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* Week 8 - Elisa Franco
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* Week 9 - Sawyer Fuller
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* Week 10: (final review) - Julia Braman
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|}
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</blockquote>
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=== Recitations ===
 
=== Recitations ===
  
Starting in the third week of the class, we'll have recitations on Fridays from 2-3 pm.  Each TA will lead a recitation section, with the sections having slightly different "flavors" (see the [[CDS 101/110a, Fall 2007 - Recitation Schedule|recitation schedule]] for information and assignments).  Each recitation section should cover roughly the following things (not necessarily in this order):
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Starting in the second week of the class, we'll have recitations on Fridays from 2-3 pm.  Each TA will lead a recitation section (see the [[CDS 101/110a, Fall 2008 - Recitation Schedule|recitation schedule]] for information and assignments).  Each recitation section should cover roughly the following things (not necessarily in this order):
 
* Answer any questions the students have about the lecture or the homework
 
* Answer any questions the students have about the lecture or the homework
 
* Discuss topics that you thought were not well covered in lecture or the text book, or that are special to your section (eg, the information systems session might get some information about discrete time systems, etc)
 
* Discuss topics that you thought were not well covered in lecture or the text book, or that are special to your section (eg, the information systems session might get some information about discrete time systems, etc)
 
* Go through one of the problems on the homework for the week.  This should be done on the board and/or computer (depending on the type of problem).  It doesn't need to be in full detail and it can go a bit fast, but provide enough information that the students see how the problem is worked from start to finish, and what is expected in their answers on the homework.  We'll decide on the problem to cover in the TA meeting prior to the recitation.
 
* Go through one of the problems on the homework for the week.  This should be done on the board and/or computer (depending on the type of problem).  It doesn't need to be in full detail and it can go a bit fast, but provide enough information that the students see how the problem is worked from start to finish, and what is expected in their answers on the homework.  We'll decide on the problem to cover in the TA meeting prior to the recitation.
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''' Weekly Recitation Notes '''
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* Week 1 (10/3): Matlab/Simulink tutorial in 328 SFL.  Julia and Max will lead the 2-4pm section, Luis and Shuo will lead the 4-6pm section.  Julia and Luis will come up with the tutorial and handout.  Use Prob 1.6 from homework as an example (do it yourself?) in the tutorial.
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* Week 2 (10/10): Go through Prob 2 in homework- show code and phase plot.  Next, linearize system used in problem 2 around an equilibrium point.  Then, go through problem 4.27 from solution manual (Max, Shuo, and Julia).  Finally, if there's time, go through another example of your choosing (Lyapunov, linearization, etc.).
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* Week 3 (10/17): Max, Shuo, Julia will go through problem 4 (the discrete convolution eqn) and walk briefly through the Simulink portion of problem 2c.  Luis will go through prob 1a and problem 2c.
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* Week 4 (10/24): Max, Shuo, and Julia will go through problem 4 (inverted pendulum state fdbk) and walk through the Whipple bicycle problem (3).  Luis will go through problem 1 (double integrator) and walk through the Whipple bicycle problem (2).
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* Week 5 (10/31): No recitation, instead there will be a midterm review (Julia).
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* Week 6 (11/7): Everyone goes over problem 2, the cruise control problem.  Go over Bode plots needed by doing them by hand on the board.
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* Week 7 (11/14): Everyone uses the transfer function from CDS 110's Problem 1, part b, part c to complete the necessary calculations for Problem 2, part b.  Use Matlab to show step response and pole-zero map.  Draw the Bode and Nyquist diagrams by hand.  Mention the relationship between phase margin and overshoot.
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* Week 8 (11/21): Everyone goes over the fly controller problem; incorporate the necessary relations from problem 1 (phase margin vs overshoot).  Expect more students than usual!  This will be the last recitation.
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* Week 9 (11/28): Thanksgiving Break, no recitation.
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* Week 10 (12/5): No recitation, instead there will be a final review (Shuo).
  
 
=== Office hours ===
 
=== Office hours ===
We'll have two hours of office hours each week.  The tentative times are
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Office hours will be Fridays and Sundays from 4-5pm in 110 and 114 STL, respectively. Thursday office hours will be from 3-4pm in 110 STL.
* Sun 4-5 pm
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* Week 1: Friday- Genti; Sunday- Max and Luis
* Tue 3-4 pm?
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* Week 2 (Oct 6 - 12): Friday - Genti; Sunday - Luis & Shuo
We'll initially assign 1 TA to each office hour (the assigned TA for the week plus one other) but we can change that if the office hours get busy.
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* Week 3 (Oct 13 - 19): Friday - Genti; Sunday - Max & Shuo
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* Week 4 (Oct 20 - 26): Friday - Luis; Sunday - Max & Shuo
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* Week 5 (Oct 27 - Nov 2): Sunday - Luis
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* Week 6 (Nov 3 - Nov 9): Friday - Luis; Sunday - Max & Julia
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* Week 7 (Nov 10 - Nov 16): Thursday - Max; Sunday - Luis & Shuo
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* Week 8 (Nov 17 - Nov 23): Thursday - Max; Sunday - Luis & Shuo
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* Week 9 (Nov 24 - Dec 2): Sunday - Shuo; Tuesday - Luis & Max (3-4pm)
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* Week 10 (Dec 1 - Dec 7): No office hours
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=== Grading ===
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Grading must be completed by noon on Monday of every week (except for HW 1- grade by Fri 10/10).  A TA will move the homework in box F to box E on Monday 5pm-ish; the same will happen on Wednesday, though those homeworks will need to be marked as using a grace period ("GP" at top of homework).  The CDS 101/110 homeworks will be split into approximately equal stacks and kept in Box E.  Please take one stack to grade at a time and do not take stacks of homework home to grade unless you are the last one to grade it.  Problems are usually graded out of 10 points.  Julia will compile homework scores and enter the grades at noon on Monday so that we can return the homeworks in class that day.
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''' Grading Assignments'''
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* HW 1: <table width=100%>
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<tr valign=top>
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<td>
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'''CDS 101'''
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* Problem 1: Max
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* Problem 2: Luis
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* Problem 3: Shuo
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</td><td>
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'''CDS 110a'''
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* Problem 1: Luis (same as Problem 2, 101)
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* Problem 2: Max
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* Problem 3: Shuo
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* Problem 4: Luis
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</td></tr>
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</table>
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* HW 2:
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** Problem 1: Luis
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** Problem 2: Julia
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** Problem 3: Shuo
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** Problem 4: Max
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* HW 3:
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** Problem 1: Max
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** Problem 2: Luis
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** Problem 3: Shuo
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** Problem 4: Julia
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* HW 4:
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<table width=100%>
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<tr valign=top>
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<td>
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'''CDS 101'''
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* Problem 1: Luis
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* Problem 2: Max
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</td><td>
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'''CDS 110a'''
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* Problem 1: Luis
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* Problem 2: Shuo
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* Problem 3: Max (same as prob 2, 101)
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* Problem 4: Julia
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</td></tr>
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</table>
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* Midterm - Luis, Shuo, Julia, and Richard from 5-7pm on Friday, Nov 7 (110 STL)
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* HW 5: '''Grade by Saturday at noon'''
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** Problem 1: Luis
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** Problem 2: Julia
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** Problem 3: Shuo
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** Problem 4: Max
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* HW 6: Grade by Tues 11/25 at 8am
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** Problems 1 (101 & 110): Shuo
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** Problem 2: Luis
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** Problem 3: Max
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* HW 7: Grade by Wed 12/3 at noon
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** Problem 1,2 (101): Luis
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** Problem 1: Julia
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** Problem 2: Max
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** Problem 3: Shuo
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* HW 8: Grade by Wed 12/10 (or asap)
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** Problem 1 (101) & Problem 2 (110): Julia
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** Problem 2 (101) & Problem 1 (110): Luis
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** Problem 3: Max
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** Problem 4: Shuo
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* Final: Julia, Max & Genti on Sat. Dec. 13 from 2:30-4:30pm in 110 STL
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=== Misc ===
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* Recording lectures (Max) - record each lecture that Richard gives and place it online after the lecture.  TA responsible for this doesn't have to answer mud cards.
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* Mailing list administration (Julia) - approve valid postings to the TA and class mailing lists.  Manage subscriptions to the list and fix any problems.  Admin pages for the lists: [http://listserv.cds.caltech.edu/mailman/admin/cds101-students cds101-students], [http://listserv.cds.caltech.edu/mailman/admin/cds101-tas cds101-tas]
  
 
== Weekly meetings ==
 
== Weekly meetings ==
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The weekly meetings will be at 3:45pm on Wednesdays in 110 STL.  '''No meeting Wed 12/3.'''
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=== Standing Agenda ===
 
=== Standing Agenda ===
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'''This week'''
 
'''This week'''
* Recitation -
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* Recitation  
* Homework grading assigments -
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* Homework grading assigments  
* MUD card/frequently questions -
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* MUD card/frequently questions  
* Office hours -
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* Office hours  
  
 
'''Next week'''
 
'''Next week'''
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<pre>
 
<pre>
 
[[Category: CDS 101/110 FAQ - Lecture w-m]]
 
[[Category: CDS 101/110 FAQ - Lecture w-m]]
[[Category: CDS 101/110 FAQ - Lecture w-m, Fall 2007]]
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[[Category: CDS 101/110 FAQ - Lecture w-m, Fall 2008]]
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
 
where 'w' is the current week and 'm' is the lecture number (1 = Monday, 2 = Wednesday, 3 = Friday).  For homework sets, replace 'Lecture w-m' with 'Homework n'.</li>
 
where 'w' is the current week and 'm' is the lecture number (1 = Monday, 2 = Wednesday, 3 = Friday).  For homework sets, replace 'Lecture w-m' with 'Homework n'.</li>
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<li> Go back to the FAQ page and append the following text to the URL link in your browser window:
 
<li> Go back to the FAQ page and append the following text to the URL link in your browser window:
 
?action=purge
 
?action=purge
(i.e. http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~murray/wiki/CDS_101/110a%2C_Fall_2007_-_FAQ?action=purge)
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(i.e. http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~murray/wiki/CDS_101/110a%2C_Fall_2008_-_FAQ?action=purge)
 
and press enter. This will purge the cached pages and you should see your mud card response appear on the FAQ page. If you don't do this, you won't be able to see your modification. </li>
 
and press enter. This will purge the cached pages and you should see your mud card response appear on the FAQ page. If you don't do this, you won't be able to see your modification. </li>
  
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* Including pictures to illustrate your answers is a great approach if appropriate.  OK to grab pictures off of the web, but make sure to list where they came from (and include a link if you can).
 
* Including pictures to illustrate your answers is a great approach if appropriate.  OK to grab pictures off of the web, but make sure to list where they came from (and include a link if you can).
 
* You should also look in the course text to see if there is information there that might be relevant (students are asking questions in class, so may not have read the book yet).  Include the relevant section number where more information can be found, but go ahead and provide additional explanation as well.
 
* You should also look in the course text to see if there is information there that might be relevant (students are asking questions in class, so may not have read the book yet).  Include the relevant section number where more information can be found, but go ahead and provide additional explanation as well.
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* The word "AND" gives this creation procedure problems- try to avoid it.
  
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=== Using Subversion ===
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To checkout the subversion directories:
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* Check that your computer has subversion by typing 'svn help' at the command prompt.  If not, get it at its [http://subversion.tigris.org/ website].
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* Type 'svn checkout http://svn.cds.caltech.edu/subversion/murray/courses/cds110a' to checkout the necessary makefiles
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* Type 'cd cds110a'
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* Type 'make setup' to retrieve other necessary files
  
=== Using the CVS server ===
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To update the subversion directories and make homework and solution files:
 
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* In the same cds110a directory checked out above, type 'make update' to update any changes that may have been submitted.
* We won't be using the CVS server this year.
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* Finally, type 'make filename' where ''filename'' is a placeholder for hw# or soln# for the appropriate week.  A pdf of the appropriate file should be created in your directory.
 
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== Course Statistics ==
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22 Sep enrollment information
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* CDS 101: 3 students enrolled, all juniors. 2 ACM, 1 CNS
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* CDS 110a: 44 students enrolled.  1 sophomore (ACM), 19 juniors, 21 seniors, 3 G2s (2 EE, 1 SS).  Option breakdown for juniors and seniors: Ae (5), ChE (1), CNS (1), CS (1), EE (5), Ge(1), Ma(1), ME (24), Ph (1)
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* We'll probably have 15-20 first year graduate students (based on past years), so a total class size of about 65 students.
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<br><hr>
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== Organizational Meeting ==
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=== Goals ===
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* Review the structure and features of CDS 101/110a
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* Decide on assignments of tasks for the term
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=== Agenda ===
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==== CDS 101 vs CDS 110a ====
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* Two courses taught through shared lectures
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* CDS 101: principles and tools; aimed at non-specialists
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* CDS 110: principles, tools and derivations: aimed at engineering audience
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* Monday lecture: overview of material for the week; shared
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* Wednesday lecture: CDS 110 only; more detailed analysis, proofs, etc
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* Friday recitation (new this year): work through one of the problems on the homework
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==== Course Demographics ====
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* Typically have 70-80 students per year (up 100% from a decade ago)
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* Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds (ME, Ae, EE, BE, CS, APh, ...)
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* Most students are in CDS 110; 2-8 students in CDS 101
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* Recitation sections may be used to cater to different audiences
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==== Teaching Techniques ====
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* [[CDS 101/110a|Course wiki]]
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* [[Mud cards]]
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* MP3 files for lectures
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* Hours reported on homework
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* Background, midterm and final surveys
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==== Recitation Sections ====
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* All recitations will be on Fridays, 2-3 pm
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* Recitations will work through one problem from homework set on the board/computer
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* Can we tune the recitations to be useful for students with a different background?
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==== TA Assigments ====
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=== Notes ===
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[[Image:cds101_2007_tasks.jpg|320px]] [[Image:cds101_2007_weekly.jpg|180px]]
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== Notes for next year ==
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To update files in the repository or submit files to the repository:
* Make homework due after 1 week, with up to three 2 day extensions
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* svn commit -m 'comment' - updates any changes made to files that were downloaded from the subversion directories.  The 'comment' should describe the changes that are being uploaded.
* Start real material on second lecture (=> shift to a Wed start).  This will add 1-2 weeks to the core course (because we won't lose the first and last week)
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* svn add filename adds the file 'filename' to the repository.
* Give hands-on MATLAB/Simulink tutorials (perhaps in lieu of recitation/office hours)
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Note: Use these commands only after updating your local copy of the directories!
* Lots of time spent figuring out what the homework is asking; perhaps start out with two "skills" problems, then some "word" problems. Give more information on wiki about what the problem is looking for
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* Possibly separate out CDS 101 homeworks; too hard to accomplish everything on one set
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Latest revision as of 17:39, 8 December 2008

CDS 101/110a Schedule Recitations FAQ AM08 (errata)

This page contains information about TA activities for CDS 101/110a, Fall 2008.

TA Duties

Mud Cards (FAQ)

Mud cards are collected at the end of every lecture and are distributed among the TAs to be answered. The wiki says that the answers will be up by 8pm, so please plan to post the answers by 7pm so we can fix any problems that you may encounter. How to post: FAQ How-To.

Recitations

Starting in the second week of the class, we'll have recitations on Fridays from 2-3 pm. Each TA will lead a recitation section (see the recitation schedule for information and assignments). Each recitation section should cover roughly the following things (not necessarily in this order):

  • Answer any questions the students have about the lecture or the homework
  • Discuss topics that you thought were not well covered in lecture or the text book, or that are special to your section (eg, the information systems session might get some information about discrete time systems, etc)
  • Go through one of the problems on the homework for the week. This should be done on the board and/or computer (depending on the type of problem). It doesn't need to be in full detail and it can go a bit fast, but provide enough information that the students see how the problem is worked from start to finish, and what is expected in their answers on the homework. We'll decide on the problem to cover in the TA meeting prior to the recitation.

Weekly Recitation Notes

  • Week 1 (10/3): Matlab/Simulink tutorial in 328 SFL. Julia and Max will lead the 2-4pm section, Luis and Shuo will lead the 4-6pm section. Julia and Luis will come up with the tutorial and handout. Use Prob 1.6 from homework as an example (do it yourself?) in the tutorial.
  • Week 2 (10/10): Go through Prob 2 in homework- show code and phase plot. Next, linearize system used in problem 2 around an equilibrium point. Then, go through problem 4.27 from solution manual (Max, Shuo, and Julia). Finally, if there's time, go through another example of your choosing (Lyapunov, linearization, etc.).
  • Week 3 (10/17): Max, Shuo, Julia will go through problem 4 (the discrete convolution eqn) and walk briefly through the Simulink portion of problem 2c. Luis will go through prob 1a and problem 2c.
  • Week 4 (10/24): Max, Shuo, and Julia will go through problem 4 (inverted pendulum state fdbk) and walk through the Whipple bicycle problem (3). Luis will go through problem 1 (double integrator) and walk through the Whipple bicycle problem (2).
  • Week 5 (10/31): No recitation, instead there will be a midterm review (Julia).
  • Week 6 (11/7): Everyone goes over problem 2, the cruise control problem. Go over Bode plots needed by doing them by hand on the board.
  • Week 7 (11/14): Everyone uses the transfer function from CDS 110's Problem 1, part b, part c to complete the necessary calculations for Problem 2, part b. Use Matlab to show step response and pole-zero map. Draw the Bode and Nyquist diagrams by hand. Mention the relationship between phase margin and overshoot.
  • Week 8 (11/21): Everyone goes over the fly controller problem; incorporate the necessary relations from problem 1 (phase margin vs overshoot). Expect more students than usual! This will be the last recitation.
  • Week 9 (11/28): Thanksgiving Break, no recitation.
  • Week 10 (12/5): No recitation, instead there will be a final review (Shuo).

Office hours

Office hours will be Fridays and Sundays from 4-5pm in 110 and 114 STL, respectively. Thursday office hours will be from 3-4pm in 110 STL.

  • Week 1: Friday- Genti; Sunday- Max and Luis
  • Week 2 (Oct 6 - 12): Friday - Genti; Sunday - Luis & Shuo
  • Week 3 (Oct 13 - 19): Friday - Genti; Sunday - Max & Shuo
  • Week 4 (Oct 20 - 26): Friday - Luis; Sunday - Max & Shuo
  • Week 5 (Oct 27 - Nov 2): Sunday - Luis
  • Week 6 (Nov 3 - Nov 9): Friday - Luis; Sunday - Max & Julia
  • Week 7 (Nov 10 - Nov 16): Thursday - Max; Sunday - Luis & Shuo
  • Week 8 (Nov 17 - Nov 23): Thursday - Max; Sunday - Luis & Shuo
  • Week 9 (Nov 24 - Dec 2): Sunday - Shuo; Tuesday - Luis & Max (3-4pm)
  • Week 10 (Dec 1 - Dec 7): No office hours

Grading

Grading must be completed by noon on Monday of every week (except for HW 1- grade by Fri 10/10). A TA will move the homework in box F to box E on Monday 5pm-ish; the same will happen on Wednesday, though those homeworks will need to be marked as using a grace period ("GP" at top of homework). The CDS 101/110 homeworks will be split into approximately equal stacks and kept in Box E. Please take one stack to grade at a time and do not take stacks of homework home to grade unless you are the last one to grade it. Problems are usually graded out of 10 points. Julia will compile homework scores and enter the grades at noon on Monday so that we can return the homeworks in class that day.

Grading Assignments

  • HW 1:

    CDS 101

    • Problem 1: Max
    • Problem 2: Luis
    • Problem 3: Shuo

    CDS 110a

    • Problem 1: Luis (same as Problem 2, 101)
    • Problem 2: Max
    • Problem 3: Shuo
    • Problem 4: Luis
    • HW 2:
      • Problem 1: Luis
      • Problem 2: Julia
      • Problem 3: Shuo
      • Problem 4: Max
    • HW 3:
      • Problem 1: Max
      • Problem 2: Luis
      • Problem 3: Shuo
      • Problem 4: Julia
    • HW 4:

    CDS 101

    • Problem 1: Luis
    • Problem 2: Max

    CDS 110a

    • Problem 1: Luis
    • Problem 2: Shuo
    • Problem 3: Max (same as prob 2, 101)
    • Problem 4: Julia
    • Midterm - Luis, Shuo, Julia, and Richard from 5-7pm on Friday, Nov 7 (110 STL)
    • HW 5: Grade by Saturday at noon
      • Problem 1: Luis
      • Problem 2: Julia
      • Problem 3: Shuo
      • Problem 4: Max
    • HW 6: Grade by Tues 11/25 at 8am
      • Problems 1 (101 & 110): Shuo
      • Problem 2: Luis
      • Problem 3: Max
    • HW 7: Grade by Wed 12/3 at noon
      • Problem 1,2 (101): Luis
      • Problem 1: Julia
      • Problem 2: Max
      • Problem 3: Shuo
    • HW 8: Grade by Wed 12/10 (or asap)
      • Problem 1 (101) & Problem 2 (110): Julia
      • Problem 2 (101) & Problem 1 (110): Luis
      • Problem 3: Max
      • Problem 4: Shuo
    • Final: Julia, Max & Genti on Sat. Dec. 13 from 2:30-4:30pm in 110 STL

    Misc

    • Recording lectures (Max) - record each lecture that Richard gives and place it online after the lecture. TA responsible for this doesn't have to answer mud cards.
    • Mailing list administration (Julia) - approve valid postings to the TA and class mailing lists. Manage subscriptions to the list and fix any problems. Admin pages for the lists: cds101-students, cds101-tas

    Weekly meetings

    The weekly meetings will be at 3:45pm on Wednesdays in 110 STL. No meeting Wed 12/3.


    Standing Agenda

    Last week

    This week

    • Recitation
    • Homework grading assigments
    • MUD card/frequently questions
    • Office hours

    Next week

    • Plan for the week

    HOWTOs

    This section contains information for the TAs on how to perform various tasks in the class.

    Creating FAQ pages

    To create a FAQ page, you need to do the following steps:

    1. Search the previous FAQ pages to see if this question has already been asked. If so, update the answer and skip to step 5
    2. Type in the question to be answered in the search box on the left side of the wiki.
    3. Click on the phrase "this exact title" when the search page comes up. This will create the FAQ page.
    4. Enter the answer to the question. You don't need to repeat the question (it is already included in the title for the page).
    5. At the end of the answer, use the text '--~~~~' to add your signature to the page. If you are modifying the answer on an existing page, add your signature below the existing signature. When you save the page, this information will get converted into your username and date (you can edit it again if you don't like the format).
    6. At the bottom of the page, add the category information (used to list the FAQs in the right places):
      [[Category: CDS 101/110 FAQ - Lecture w-m]]
      [[Category: CDS 101/110 FAQ - Lecture w-m, Fall 2008]]
      
      where 'w' is the current week and 'm' is the lecture number (1 = Monday, 2 = Wednesday, 3 = Friday). For homework sets, replace 'Lecture w-m' with 'Homework n'.
    7. Save the page
    8. Go back to the FAQ page and append the following text to the URL link in your browser window: ?action=purge (i.e. http://www.cds.caltech.edu/~murray/wiki/CDS_101/110a%2C_Fall_2008_-_FAQ?action=purge) and press enter. This will purge the cached pages and you should see your mud card response appear on the FAQ page. If you don't do this, you won't be able to see your modification.

    Notes on creating FAQ pages

    • The title doesn't have to be exactly what was written in the MUD card, but should be close enough that the student will recognize their question. You should reword the question to be simply stated and descriptive of the contents of the FAQ.
    • When you are writing up the answer for a FAQ, remember that this is the first course the students are taking in feedback and control. Avoid the use of advanced concepts that the students haven't seen yet and try to explain things in a way that gives insight to someone who may be struggling to understand the concept.
    • Including pictures to illustrate your answers is a great approach if appropriate. OK to grab pictures off of the web, but make sure to list where they came from (and include a link if you can).
    • You should also look in the course text to see if there is information there that might be relevant (students are asking questions in class, so may not have read the book yet). Include the relevant section number where more information can be found, but go ahead and provide additional explanation as well.
    • The word "AND" gives this creation procedure problems- try to avoid it.

    Using Subversion

    To checkout the subversion directories:

    To update the subversion directories and make homework and solution files:

    • In the same cds110a directory checked out above, type 'make update' to update any changes that may have been submitted.
    • Finally, type 'make filename' where filename is a placeholder for hw# or soln# for the appropriate week. A pdf of the appropriate file should be created in your directory.

    To update files in the repository or submit files to the repository:

    • svn commit -m 'comment' - updates any changes made to files that were downloaded from the subversion directories. The 'comment' should describe the changes that are being uploaded.
    • svn add filename - adds the file 'filename' to the repository.

    Note: Use these commands only after updating your local copy of the directories!