Problem sets will be assigned each Friday, and will be collected on the following Friday. You should begin work on them as soon as possible, as many problems will require that you think about them more than once. Starting on a problem set does not mean just beginning the first problem or two and leaving the rest for later; you should get in the habit of reading through all the problems, and working on them a little bit each day. The harder problems frequently come at the end, so it is not in your best intrest to leave these until the night before they are due. One of the reasons for giving you a week to work on the problems is so you can ask questions about them during class; be sure to take advantage of this by starting on all the problems early.
Please staple your homework pages together, and trim the left edge if they are torn out of a spiral notebook. Unstapled or ragged homework will not be graded, nor will homework that is turned in late. Please print on only one side of the paper, clearly and legibly. You should not turn in your initial draft of your answers, but should copy out a final draft once you have the methods worked out. I will not grade material that I consider to be a first draft.
Since this course deals extensively with the style and technique of writing mathematics, you should be especially careful to write clearly and carefully on the work you turn in. That means you should write in complete, english sentences when you write up your homework. Mathematical notation is shorthand for english words, so you can incorporate these into your sentences, but they should read as a sentence, and you must explain what you are doing as you do it. I will give you examples of this as we go.
Copies of the best solutions will be made available in a notebook outside my office.
See also the grading policy