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Welcome to the 2018 Edition of 6.034

Logistical stuff:

Reference stuff:

Note that the current staff mailing list is 6.034-2018-staff@.


October 2018

Sunday, October 7: Lab 5

Lab 5 has been released under "labs" and is due Wednesday, 10/17 at 10pm.

Friday, October 5: Quiz 1 thresholds

Quiz 1 will be returned today from 11am - 5pm from the Genesis area near Professor Winston's office (32-251). If you are unable to pick up your quiz during this time, you may pick up your quiz from Professor Winston's office (32-251) when he is in, or contact your TA to arrange a pick-up. Thresholds are:

Thorough understanding (5) Acceptable understanding (4) Some understanding (3) / Needs work
Problem 1: Search (34) ≥ 29 ≥ 24 ≥ 19
Problem 2: Games (32) ≥ 28 ≥ 24 ≥ 20
Problem 3: Rules (34) ≥ 28 ≥ 23 ≥ 19
Total ≥ 85 ≥ 71 ≥ 58

September 2018

Sunday, September 30: Returning Quizzes

Congratulations on completing Quiz 1! Regretfully, we will not be returning Quiz 1 in recitations this week. Instead, students can stop by the Genesis area by Professor Winston's office on Friday anytime after lecture (11am) until 5pm to get their quizzes.

Sunday, September 30: Lab 4

Lab 4 has been released under "labs" and is due Thursday, 10/11 at 10pm.

Thursday, September 20: Quiz 1 Locations

Quiz 1 (covering rule-based systems, search, and games) will be held on Friday, September 28 at 10am. Half of you will take the quiz in 10-250, and half in 10-250, enabling less crowded conditions. Locations:

  • Family name A-M: 10-250
  • Family name N-Z: Walker, 3rd floor

Thursday, September 20: Lab 3

Lab 3 has been released under "labs" and is due Wednesday, 9/26 at 10pm.

Sunday, September 9: Recitations are now assigned

Recitations have been assigned! To view or change your recitation, please visit the 6.034 Recitation Self-Service page. Recitations begin on Monday 9/10 (tomorrow) and Tuesday 9/11. We'll see you there!

Sunday, September 9: Lab 1

Lab 1 has been released under "labs" and is due Tuesday, 9/18 at 10pm.

Wednesday, September 5: Recitation Sign-Up

Recitations will start next Monday 9/10 and Tuesday 9/11. Please fill out the recitation request form by 5pm tomorrow (Thursday, 9/6) to indicate your recitation preferences. Recitation assignments will be sent out by Sunday afternoon.

If you are not yet registered for the class, please fill out the recitation request form anyway, and register for 6.034 as soon as possible.

Wednesday, September 5: Lab 0

Lab 0 has been released under "labs" and is due Tuesday, 9/11 at 10pm.

Weekly office hours will be scheduled soon. In the meantime, temporary office hours are scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week. Please see the "Office Hours" link under "Logistics" on the main page. Alternatively, see here.

Wednesday, September 5: Jewish High Holidays

If you have any concerns about balancing 6.034 and the Jewish High Holidays, please contact Suri Bandler (

Summer 2018

About 6.034, Fall 2018 Edition

In the fall semester of 2018, 6.034 will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 to 11 in 10-250. Most, but not all of Professor Winston's lectures will be on Monday and Wednesday. On many, but not all Fridays, you will learn about what is happening in the field right now from someone who is doing work right now in an area related to the Monday and Wednesday lectures.

Examinations will cover material from the traditional lectures as well as the right-now lectures. It will be extremely difficult to field questions on the right-now material if you do not attend the right-now lectures because the material is not yet in textbooks or, in many cases, published papers.

Recitations (previously known as "tutorials") will meet weekly on Monday and Tuesday. On the first day of class, you will fill out a form that will enable us to assign you to a recitation.

6.034 is no longer offered in the spring term.

More details will emerge during the first lecture.

We are pleased to note that Bloomberg has listed 6.034 as among "Five of the Best Computer Science Classes in the U.S." What they meant to say is that 6.034 has had outstanding TAs.

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