This term, we are introducing a new web-based homework system, called WeBWork, into the
Math 10classes. It is designed to help you determine if you have gotten the right answer when you do your homework problems, without telling you what the right answer actually is. Many students get into the habit of looking up the answer in the back of the book and working backwards, but in life, there is no back of the book, so this is a technique that will not server you well in the future. WeBWork will give you that advantage of telling you if you solved a problem correctly, but won't tell you the right answer if you didn't, so you can continue to work on the problem until you do.
Successful completion of the homework will count toward your final grade (see the grading policy for the exact percentage). Since you are allowed to continue to work on the problems until you get them right, everyone should be able to get full credit on this.
A document that introduces you to WeBWork is available on the Math Departments WeBWork server, along with links to the login pages for all four sections of
Math 10; you are in section 1. Your login name is the same as your email name on the Union College computers, and your password is your student ID number. You should change this to something else the first time you log in to the WeBWork system.
The homework will be assigned via "problem sets", and each will have a due date. You can receive credit for doing the problems up until the due date. After that, the anwsers will be made available, and while you will still be able to work through the problems, they will not count toward your grade.
This is the first term that we have used WeBWork, so there are likely to be some glitches as we go along. It is probably not wise to wait until the last minute to do your WeBWork homework, in case anything does go wrong. If you think there is a problem, please let us know, and we will try to fix it as quickly as we can. You should feel confident, however, that if there are serious problems with the system, we will not let this adversely affect the class grades, and will be as fair and equitable as possible about adjusting for these kinds of problems. As with any new process, particularly a technical one, we all will need to be patient with each other, and the system.
Mathematics is a discipline than can only be learned by doing. Listening to a lecture is not the same thing as working through problems on your own, so if you plan to learn the material, you must do the assigned problems. WeBWork should help you accomplish this.
See the study suggestions for some helpful hints on homework.