Problem Set Policy:
Your main efforts in this class will center around 6 problem sets (see the
course calendar for due
dates). The rules for these are given on the cover sheet of the problem
set, and is available from the
assignments web page. Problem sets
are to be worked independently; that means you should not discuss them
outside of class except with the course instructor. See the collaboration policy for details.
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.
You should use the following guidelines for the problem sets that you turn
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.
- Please staple your pages together, and trim the left edge
if they are torn out of a spiral notebook. Unstapled or ragged pages will
not be graded.
- Your solutions are due at the beginning of class on the day they are
due. Late papers will not be graded.
- Please print on only one side of the paper, clearly and legibly.
- Please leave some space in the margins or between problems for my
- Do not use graph paper except for graphs. Use lined paper for written
- Read the instructions on the cover shear carefully for each problem set.
They are not always the same.
Copies of the best solutions will be made available in a notebook outside
my office. If I circle a problem number in red on an assignment that you
turn in, that means I have made a copy of your answer and placed it in
this notebook (this is just for your information). See the discussion
of course notebook for more about this.
See the discussion of the grading policy for the
percentage of your grade that will come from your problem sets, and for
policy on missed and dropped problem sets.
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Created: 26 Aug 2000
Last modified: 28 Aug 2000 14:30:32