- There will be eight homework assignments due during the course of
the term, as well as three stages of your final project. 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, each participant should submit
his or her own copy of the answer, and should indicate on the answer who the other group participants were. If all 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 ones will not learn very much, and are 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 -- 5 points for each of the 8 assignments. 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 credit 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.