- think through each problem first
- only then meet with others to discuss the concepts
- You may find it useful to also discuss how to use Minitab Express with others, but since getting a feel for how Statistics software works is one of the key things you're learning in this class, you should each be working on your own Minitab worksheet
- In the end, the final product that you turn in should represent your own understanding, your own use of Minitab Express, and should be written in your own words
- All solutions should be typed and stapled. Typing will allow you to smoothly incorporate output from Minitab Express
- Put your name and date on the first page of each assignment; clearly label each problem with the chapter and the exercise number. One way is to label Problem 10 from Chapter 4 as 4.10
- Solutions must be well-written, complete, and clear. Use complete sentences to justify your results
- A list of answers without explanation will receive no points
- A good test to follow when writing up a problem:

*Would a student who took Intro Stats last year be able to follow your written explanation without talking to you or looking anything up in the book?* - Any collaborations should be noted by the relevant problem. (This includes collaborations with a tutor or with me).
Indicate who you worked with and the type of collaboration (e.g. equal contributions, got a quick tip, gave a quick tip, got substantial support, gave substantial support).

- Under no circumstances should you turn in work that relies on Minitab Express calculations done by another student or use another student's Word or Minitab file
- If there is any doubt that the work you handed in is not your own (beyond the noted collaborations), you will receive a zero for the assignment. This includes, but is not limited to, problems which are identical or nearly so
- Work on the problems through the week. I collect them only once a week to allow some flexibility in your schedule, but the material reflects a week's worth of learning, and the length reflects a week's worth of work. Saving them up for the day before the problem set is due will both mean that you are getting less out of the intervening classes
*and*will make for an unpleasant Wednesday.

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Guidelines for Solutions to Problem Sets
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Math 141: Intro Statistics; Fall, 2019

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Weekly problem sets are a critical part of this course: mastering Statistics requires getting plenty of practice choosing what needs to be done, doing it, and then clearly explaining what your results mean.

I am a firm believer that one of the best ways of building your understanding is to explore the ideas with other students. I therefore encourage you to discuss the problem sets with other students.

For collaboration to be effective,

With that in mind, here are some specific guidelines:

Everyone learns differently; in office hours, I can tailor my explanations to you (or at least, to a smaller group).

There will also be peer tutors ready and willing to help in the Filene Center -- this is a great place to go for another perspective, to see (in some cases) non-math majors model how they learned Stats, or to get help with a step or two on your homework.

If you find yourself asking for help with every question, or needing 10 minutes of attention at a time, then you will be much better off coming to office hours.

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Science Center, Room 1306

Norton, Massachusetts 02766-0930

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