Homework Policy

Homework should be turned in at the beginning of each class in the homework box. You should also retrieve the previous night's homework from the pile next to the box. At the start of class you should also log in to your computer using your own username, and start up whatever project we are working on. It may also be a good idea to bring up the current day's lesson in a web browser.

You should expect that homework will take 45 minutes each night. Homework is designed such that if you understood perfectly what we did in class that day, you should be able to do the homework completely. If you feel that you did not understand some part of what we did in class, it is your responsibility to get extra help from Mr. Z. after school, from your classmates, or from reading the website and textbook on your own.

When you are doing homework, it is not acceptable to skip a problem because you do not know how to do it. The whole reason you are taking a class as rigorous as this is that you believe that you can figure out how to solve any problem. You should use your homework time intelligently: rather than just struggling with a problem and getting nowhere, look up online or in your book the information that you need.

In particular, if you skip a problem because you didn't remember some freely available bit of information, such as how to find the surface area of a sphere or how to convert from polar to rectangular coordinates, you are simply being lazy.

It is acceptable to work with other students in figuring out the approach to take to the various homework problems, but you should work through each problem yourself and be sure that you understand your answer. If I feel that people are simply copying work from others in the class I will institute five minute pop quizzes at the start of every class.

The goal is that everyone should come into class each day feeling that they know what's going on and that they probably got a check-plus on the homework. I will assume this to be true, and not usually take any time to go over homework. This is the only way that we will be able to keep up with the pace of this class. If you let yourself fall behind even by a day, you will have to make a valiant effort to catch up.

If you miss a day of class, it is your responsibility to get the class notes from online, print or copy the homework, and be caught up with the rest of the class by the time I see you in class again.

Remember, this is a college-level course. I am expecting you to take responsibility for your own learning, in the same way that your college classes will expect this of you. The standard you hold yourself to should be one of 100% understanding. Anything less will leave you miserable for the entire year.

Homework is graded on a scale of 0 to 5 points:
(√+) = 5
(√) = 4
(√-) = 3
(L+) = 2
(L) = 1