Preparing scribe notes

Because there is no perfect textbook for this course, students will be asked to take turns preparing "scribe notes" for posting on the course web site.  Each class, one student will be the designated "scribe", taking careful notes during class, writing them up, and sending them to me for posting on the web.

Here is how to be a scribe:

  1. During class, take careful notes.

  2. Prepare your notes into a document that is written out in complete prose sentences that would be understandable even by a student who might have missed class, not merely a transcription of the telegraphic notes that you jotted down during class.  Do not include administrative information (such as due dates for homeworks) in your scribe notes.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about anything covered.  Prepare the notes into a latex document (including figures, if appropriate) using this latex template.  If you are new to latex, you can look at the raw latex that was used to generate the scribe notes for lecture #1 (and here is a figure called generic-ml.eps that gets included by that file). Also, there is on-line documentation and other information at

  3. Email me both the latex and the pdf of your scribe notes, as well as any figures included in your latex file, preferably within 2 days (not counting weekends) after the class for which you were scribe.

  4. I will immediately post your scribe notes on the website, marked at the top as a "draft" to indicate that I have not yet been reviewed them. Once they have been reviewed, in most cases, you will be asked to make revisions to your notes.

  5. Once completed, send everything back to me and I will post it on the web site.
I will not grade the scribe notes, but will give you credit for doing them (about equal to one problem set).

You can sign up to reserve a date to be the scribe by catching me after class or in my office.  Or, you can wait and volunteer at the beginning of class on a day when no one has signed up.