Math 339 Assignments
Read this first before starting your assignment!
You will find your assignments here on the website. Print them out, and turn in your answers on those sheets. No other paper will be accepted, unless the question indicates otherwise. I've given you plenty of room to include solutions: if you're running out of room, you should re-think your approach! Towards a neat and well-presented solution (see below) I suggest you do your rough work on scrap paper, and turn in the final perfected solution on the printed sheets.
Assignment solutions must be neat, legible, and written with a reader in mind (me), not a mind-reader. If your answers contain unexplained steps, undefined variables, and generally require me to guess what you mean, your solution is incomplete, and will be marked accordingly, even if final answers are correct. You may understand the problem very well, but my only basis of judgement is what you turn in.
Once you have cleared your group with me, assignments may be done in small groups of two or three. The group turns in one assignment, everyone gets the same mark. If you want to be a group of one, you may be.
Group work can be greatly beneficial to your understanding. The arguments and ideas in this course are complex enough that they need careful articulation and presentation. That's best done with someone else before you send it my way!
Principles of Group Work
- Everyone should be contributing. Ideally you all work on the problems on your own for a while, and then meet to hash out arguments, poke holes in each other's ideas, tune things up, and finally write up.
- It may be that there's one person that (in the context of working with everyone) came up with the essential idea. That's ok. But everyone needs to understand the argument/example, be confident in it, and play a role in critiquing, developing and communicating it. That's important work too.
- It may be that for some particular question, there's one person that does the final writing. But everyone needs to have fully participated in laying out the draft solution, and have proofread it once it's written up.
- By putting your name on assignment, your are attesting that you yourself are fully responsible for all of its contents, rather than just some of it. If that's not the case, you are claiming someone else's work as your own, which constitutes plagiarism.
- So to be specific: the model of group work where the questions are parceled out, each person does something, and the solutions are stapled together an hour before submission time is not the way to go here.
Suggested model for Group Work
When you receive an assignment, meet quickly with group members to hash out a meeting schedule for the coming week. Everyone should take the assignment and work on their own for a while, getting the problems understood and solutions attempted. In your first meeting,argue with one another about solutions, and try to reach a conclusion. If necessary get help from me as a group, or as an individual reporting back to the group. At a second meeting work out final details and write up, either during your meeting, or possibly by assigning someone to write up some of the questions, based on your mutually-arrived at solution. Everyone should proof-read.
If you're having trouble working with your group for one reason or another, and cannot resolve problems within your group, you should come and talk to me. You do have the right to withdraw from a group if you wish. I also reserve the right to adjust the groups if Isee that not everyone is benefiting or contributing.
- Assignment 1 Due Sept 20 12:30 D3053 Assignment 1 key
- assignment 2 key (Having trouble with high powers?) high powers
- assignment 3 Due Oct 17 beginning of class assignment 3 key
- assignment 4 Due Nov 1, 12:30, D3053 You'll find Maple handy in some spots, and we'll definitely need it for the rest of the course. Have a look at the document Algebra in Maple and keep it handy. I'll expect you to be able to use Maple (on the next test for example) so now's a good time to get started. I think everyone has some Maple experience. If not, please come and see me (or the Math Centre can help with some basics too)
- assignment 5 Due Nov 13 12:30 D3053
- assignment 6 Due Nov 28 12:30 D3053