Math.321.001 Differential Equations Fall 2016
Homework Details

This page will detail several different types of homework that will be assigned during the semester.

• Assigned Reading.  The course will follow the textbook closely, and you should read each section before doing any homework.  Ideally, you will also skim the material before it is covered in class to get an overview.  I will not announce or post specific reading assignments.  It will be up to each student to do a careful reading of each section before starting homework problems, and to also skim the next section(s) listed in the class schedule.

• Regular homework.   This is traditional homework from problems in the text, to be written up and handed in.  In general you should briefly explain your reasoning or show the steps leading to each answer, even if you can do those steps in your head.  (Exception: Some questions ask you to read information from a table or graph, or otherwise can be answered without any analysis.  For those, an answer alone is sufficient.)  There are three reasons for this approach.  (1) homework will be marked by advanced math students, to alert you to misunderstandings or errors.  The graders need to be able to follow your chain of reasoning to do this.  (2) Following this approach will make your completed homework more useful in studying for exams.  (3) On exams you will be required to justify your answers, and you should practice that on homework.

The required format for regular homework is illustrated here.

• Lab Writeups.  There will be three lab projects assigned to be completed in groups.  The end result of your lab work will be a writeup that explains what you observed and what conclusions you reached.  More information on how to approach your lab writeups will be provided later.

• Exam Solutions.  After each exam, students will work in groups to correct the errors of all group members.  The objective will be to compile, as a group, a completely correct set of solutions to the exam questions.  Each group will submit one set of solutions for grading, and each member of the group will receive the same grade for this assignment.

• Class worksheets.  Class time may sometimes involve working alone or in groups to complete worksheets.  If you do not finish a worksheet before the end of class, you should plan on completing all or most of it before the next class meeting.  These worksheets will not be collected or graded, but should be kept in the appropriate section of your portfolio.