- There will be a homework assignment due almost every week, except
during the period around the midterm. You can ask questions about the
current homework in your recitation section, or by email to the course
instructor and/or your TA.
- You should give your completed homework in class to your TA on the
day it's due. If for some reason you can't make class that day, make
other arrangements with them to hand it in.
- Homework will be given back to you and discussed in the next feasible
meeting of your recitation section.
- We're happy to see students work in small groups on (most) homework
assignments, unless the assignment specifically indicates that you should
do it alone. If you work in a group, you should submit two (or more)
copies of the same answer (with a note indicating that you have done
so). If both participants really contribute actively to the exercise,
then they may well learn more working together than they would working
separately. Of course, if one partner has done much more of the reading,
and is responsible for most of the insight, then the other one will
not learn very much, and is likely to have problems on the exams. Likewise,
if one partner does all of half of the assignment, while the other partner
does all of the other half, each misses half of the opportunity to learn
-- so don't do this! Finally, as the group size grows, the chances that
everyone can participate fully gets smaller, so we would prefer not
to see groups larger than three.
- As the course introduction indicates, homework counts for 40% of your
grade. However, the purpose of the assignments is to give you an opportunity
to learn by doing, and we'll give you every opportunity to get as much
of the 40% as possible. If you do badly on a particular assignment,
and would like to do some sort of make-up or extra credit work to compensate,
let us know.
Extra credit homework assignment
In addition to the 9 regular homework assignments, there is an "extra
credit assignment." Doing this is optional. If you choose to do it,
it is due by Dec. 11, and (unlike in the case of other homework assignments)
late submissions will not be accepted.
In terms of grading, up to five points for this extra credit assignment
(should you choose to do it) will be added to rest of your homework grades,
for a maximum of 40 points. Thus if you happened to get 8 out of 10 on
all the homework assignments, then you would get .8*40 = 32 points for
your regular homework, and .8*5 = 4 points for the extra credit, for a
total of 36 out of 40. If your average on the all the homework assignments
were 9.5 out of ten, you would get .95*40 = 38 points for your regular
assignments, and .95*5 = 4.75 points for the extra credit, but your total
would be the maximum of 40.