- There will be six 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 upload the completed homework assignment to the course
Canvas site on the day that it's due. In most cases, the best
format for uploads will be .pdf. (But for your final project report, you may want to choose a multimedia format that allows you to include audio or video clips -- ask your TA if it's not clear to you how to do this.)
- Homework will be graded on line 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 30%
of your grade -- 5 points for each of the 6 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.