Description of Problem Sets for Multivariable Calculus
Spring 2016, Math 236
Even more than in Calc 1 or Calc 2, balancing your need to get plenty of practice using new techniques with the need to explore deeper ideas inevitably means a lot of homework. At the same time, it is really important that you practice writing up well-written solutions to problems -- but doing that for upwards of 20 or 30 problems every week can be a bit much. You will therefore have brief daily assignments practicing the section just covered, and more substantial and more substantive weekly problem sets. The daily assignments will be done through WeBWorK; you will get instant feedback on how you've done on each problem.
The weekly problem sets will consist of two types of problems: WeBWorK problems, on which you can get immediate feedback, and for which you will not write any formal solution, and problems (usually from your textbook) that you will turn in, following the Guidelines for Homework Presentation. (Incidentally, this will also allow me to grade a larger proportion of your handwritten problems than I was able to before WeBWorK.)
If I can not grade all of the exercises for a week, I will grade some as above; for the rest I will just give a few points reflecting whether or not you did them and wrote them up neatly.
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