# Homework Policy

## General Directions

• Homework must be turned in at the beginning of class on the date it is due.
• Late homework and homework by e-mail will not be accepted under any circumstances.
• Be sure to read each exercise carefully!

Homework assignments are meant to be learning experiences. You may discuss the exercises with other students, but you must write the solutions on your own. Directly sharing or copying any part of a homework solution will be considered an instance of academic misconduct. Any violation will be punished as severely as possible.

## Formatting

Overall neatness is greatly appreciated. Happy TAs are happy graders. The following are absolutely necessary:

• First and last name with last name underlined.
• OSU Username. lastname.#
• A staple in the top left corner for any assignment requiring multiple pages of paper. Any page after the first of an unstapled homework will not be graded. Paper-clips, folded corners, or any other method will result in the entire assignment being left ungraded. Yes, we’re serious about this policy.
• No fringe from notebook paper. Computer paper is greatly preferred. Paper used must at minimum the standard 8.5 x 11 inches. (Smaller paper is much more likely to be lost.)

Consider purchasing a stapler. Maybe also buy some good paper. Here’s enough to last your entire college career. These two tools are pretty useful.

Each homework will consist of five exercises. Each of the five exercises will be graded as follows:

• 2 points: Reasonably simplified, correct final answer and supporting work both written legibly. Final answer is boxed and exercise number is clearly labeled.
• 1 point: Any of the above are missing, either: final answer is not reasonably simplified, final answer is incorrect, supporting work is missing, final answer is not boxed, labels are missing or unhelpful.
• 0 points: No effort or attempt is made.

Each homework is worth a total of 10 points.

## Problem Submission

In order to help generate practice problems for exams, with each homework students may submit one original problem (and supporting solution) in order to earn a buffer point on that assignment. A buffer point can negate point deductions, but can not be used to obtain a score greater than 100% or be carried over to other assignments.

• A score of 8 with an earned buffer point results in a score of 9.
• A score of 10 with an earned buffer point results in a score of 10.

The submitted problem should be written on a separate sheet of paper that is stapled at the back of your assignment. If your problem is chosen for usage in the course, this page will be detached and not returned, so please write your name and username on this page as well.

By submitting a problem, you agree to allow the instructor to utilize the problem, with or without modification, for practice problems in current and future semesters. If your problem is used, you will be given attribution unless you would prefer to remain anonymous. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please indicate so near your name and username of your submission.

To earn the buffer point, the submitted problem must be original and at an appropriate level for the course. Simply changing numbers for existing problems is not sufficient. Problems may be written in the style of the graded homework, or in the style of a multi-part basics question from the practice problems. A multi-part question which tests basic concepts and definitions should consists of at least three parts.

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