Due Monday December 7th

For Monday:

  • This is our last daily post!  It is full of announcements, so please please read through them all.
  • UPDATE: Online FCQs are open until Monday.  FCQs are used to evaluate your instructors for reappointment, promotion and tenure, and to inform the department about their teaching effectiveness.  I, personally, greatly appreciate feedback and work to improve my teaching using your feedback.  Also, if you haven’t answered my own additional feedback form, please please do!
  • The last module, Module 5 (quantum and coding) will be available for the entire exam period.  It will be take-home style, on canvas, due at 11:59 pm on the 13th.  This is a HARD DEADLINE.  Plan ahead!  Plan to complete it the day before the deadline if possible.  Upload a draft of whatever you have earlier in the day so that if you have internet troubles, you don’t lose the entire exam.  Email me before the deadline if you are having problems.
  • Here are solutions (part 1, part 2) to the coding theory problems from the last daily post.
  • For the daily task, watch 3Blue1Brown’s video on the Hamming code (20:05).  It explains a different perspective than we did in class that really does a good job of explaining the clever idea behind it.  Thanks to J.B. for pointing out this exists!
  • For our last day of class, I want to have fun.  I won’t do any new material, but I will try to make it fun on the topic of cryptography.  So:  I may prepare some kahoot questions on cryptography review/trivia, and I will be happy to take requests for fun topics (I’m happy to prepare mini-lectures on things if I know them or can learn them), and/or “all questions answered”.  Use this channel to make suggestions and/or second other people’s suggestions. I’ve had a really fun time in this class and I’d like to spend more time with you not just working hard. It’s you guys that will make it fun! Here’s an original “all questions answered” article — it goes back via Knuth to Feynman. PS: Class is optional but encouraged, and I won’t record it.  Post ideas to #last-day on the discord channel.
  • And finally, a big THANK YOU to everyone for attending the course and for keeping a positive attitude through our online learning experience, for making me smile and putting forth your best efforts.  It’s you, the students, who make all the work worth it.  Thank you.
  • For your final daily post, you can use the text entry box to write one thing you learned from this course that you think will be useful or that you are glad you learned.  I’m curious what students take away.  That’s it!