The Duke Community Standard is taken very seriously on Duke campus, and you are all reminded to make certain you are familiar with it.
In this course some collaboration is allowed and encouraged, but of course your work must be entirely your own. Here are some specific comments about the graded items in this class:
Homework: You are encouraged to work in groups to exchange ideas and help each other understand how to approach problems, but the student's work must be his or her own. Copying and dictating are not allowed.
Sometimes, solutions to homework problems might be available to you in some way; they might be posted on the webpage, you might find them elsewhere, or an instructor may have have written down an explanation while helping you with a problem during office hours. In any of those cases, it remains the case that the solutions you submit must be your own work.
You may use the available solutions to check your results. If you are unable to get started or if you are stuck in the middle of the problem, you may refer to the solutions to gain understanding of the solution. But then you should put the solutions away and write out your own solution based on your own understanding. If you have the solutions out and are referring to them as you work the problem, you are copying, and violating the Duke Community Standard.
Remember that the graders have access to all of the solutions that you do. Violations of the above policy are easy to notice, and shall not be ignored.
Exams: Students are not allowed to have any outside help during exams or quizzes.
The student is solely responsible for material missed during their absence from class.
No make-up exams shall be adminstered for students that miss examinations. Instead, the absent student's final exam shall be reweighted to include the points of the missed exam.
Calculators are not allowed in any aspect of this course. You may use a calculator on a homework problem if you feel that it will help you understand the concepts, but you may not make any reference to the use of a calculator on the homework you turn in, except for unfeasible calculations such as cos(73). If your answer involves things like square roots and exponentials, you should leave your answer in that form rather than converting to a decimal approximation.
Calculators shall NOT be allowed on the final exam, or any other exam.
There are several resources that students should be aware of; make sure to read the Sources of Help for First-Year Students.
Additionally, classmates may be an excellent resource, but recall that copying is not permitted.