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Handout 1: Course Information

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Lectures and Recitations

Lectures will be held in Room 2-190 from 2:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. ET on Tuesdays and Thurs- days. In addition, students must attend a one-hour recitation session each week. Material will be presented in recitations as well as in lectures. Attendance in recitation has been well correlated in the past with exam performance. Recitations also give you more opportunity to ask questions and interact with the course staff.

Recitations will be taught by the teaching assistants on Fridays. The online course registration asks you to indicate your preferences for recitation sections. Recitation assignments made by the registrar are inoperative. You are responsible for all material presented in lectures and recitations.

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Handouts

Most handouts will be made available on the course web page in formats suitable for printing. Students should download and print out the handouts from the course web page. You will receive an email reminder when the handouts are available online. The email message will say where and when the few handouts that are not available from the web page can be obtained.

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Textbook

The primary reference for the course is the second edition of the textbook Introduction to Algo- rithms by Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest, and Stein.

The textbook can be obtained from the MIT Coop, the MIT Press Bookstore (a 20% discount coupon can be found in the MIT Student Telephone Directory), Quantum Books and at various other local and online bookstores. At this time, Quantum Books and the MIT Press are offering the best prices.

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Course Website

Please bookmark the course website:

http://theory.lcs.mit.edu/classes/6.046

It provides links to electronic copies of handouts, corrections made to the course materials, and special announcements. You should visit this site regularly to be aware of any changes in the course schedule, updates to your instructors’ office hours, etc.

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Extra Help

Each Teaching Assistant will post his or her weekly office hours on the course website.

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