If you do not have the prerequisites for the class, you will be administratively withdrawn: there will be no exceptions to this. You will also be administratively withdrawn if you miss both of the first two days of class.
I disclaim any consistent policy about homework turned in after the deadline; I may grade and return it normally, grade and return it with a penalty, or merely acknowledge that you turned it in (though in any case it will be better to turn in late homework than to not do it at all).
The exact method of computing the total homework grade which enters into your course grade will be determined at the end of the semester when I see what the numbers are. Do note that if you do not consistently turn in homework, your final exam grade will be used to replace your homework grade and you will lose the opportunity to have it replace the lowest hour exam grade.
Computer labs are not an optional part of the course. Your lab grade will be computed on the basis of attendance at lab (which will be taken) and handing in of lab reports. Lab reports on a given lab are due one week after the lab is assigned, and will be turned in to the instructor by electronic mail. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. From other math department machines you should use holmes@jasper: holmes reaches my main account on catseye from those machines, and I would prefer not to receive course related mail at that address.