There will be six problem sets assigned during the course (see the course calendar for exact due dates). These will be extended assignments that will take you more than one sitting to complete, so don't wait until the last minute to start them. Most problem sets will include a programming portion, and this always takes three times as long as you think it will, so this really means you need to start it early. I will give out the assignment the week before it is due so that you have time to ask questions or come to office hours before it is due. Please be sure to take advantage of this.
Read the cover sheet for each problem set when you get it. This will remind you of the terms of the problem set. In particular, you should not discuss the problem set with anyone but the course instructor.
You should use the following guidelines for the solutions that you turn in:
You should write in complete, English sentences when you write up your solutions (both the in-class and take-home portions); since mathematical notation is shorthand for English words, you can incorporate these into your sentences, but you must explain what you are doing as you do it. Many students feel at first that this is extraneous, but it is precisely this that should be central to your learning process.
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. Late papers will count as a zero.
Please print on only one side of the paper, clearly and legibly.
Please leave some space in the margins or between problems for my comments. Begin each problem on a new page.
Do not use graph paper except for graphs. Use lined paper for written work.
Copies of the best solutions will be made available in a notebook outside my office, as will any solution that I write up myself. See the discussion of the course notebook for more information.
While you may work with other students on homework problems, the problem sets are to be done independently. You may not discuss the questions with anyone except the course instructor until after the problem set has been handed in. The cover sheet for each problem set will remind you of this policy.
See the discussion of the grading policy for the percentage of your grade that will come from your problem sets.