Assignments

Assignments

There will be five assignments, due by 5pm on the dates indicated below. No assignments will be accepted after the deadline. Therefore, you should plan to submit your assignments well before the deadline. Assignments will be posted on Brightspace at least one week before the due date. Solutions will be posted below. Since the assignments may contain exercises in a textbook, the solutions will be password protected. The password is available on Brightspace. Graded assignments will also be returned through Brightspace, with comments from the grader.

Format and submission

Assignments should be submitted online, through Brightspace. There are two methods for preparing assignments:

  • Using LaTeX (preferred method): Students are strongly encouraged to prepare their homework assignments using LaTeX, which is the worldwide standard for writing mathematics. More information on preparing assignments using LaTeX can be found at here.
  • Handwritten and scanned: Students may handwrite assignments and scan them for submission, or handwrite them using an app (e.g. on a tablet) that can produce pdf files. If you choose this method, it is your responsibility to make sure that your handwriting is legible and that your scan is high enough quality that it can be easily read by the grader. In addition, you must submit a single PDF file (and not, for example, a JPG file or a ZIP file). A PDF file is necessary so that the grader can easily add comments to the document.

Feedback

Assignments will be graded electronically, with comments added to your pdf file. To download the graded file with comments, in Brightspace, go to Class Progress → Assignments → Details. When you've downloaded the marked copy, the best way to view all the comments is to view the file in Adobe Reader. In Adobe Reader, near the top right of the window, click on "Comments". This will open a frame on the right with all the comments. Clicking on a comment will jump to the part of the document where the comment is located.

Collaboration and academic fraud

It is natural, and even encouraged, for students to discuss questions on the assignments. It is perfectly acceptable for students to help each other in general terms. However, each student should submit their own work. It is not acceptable to copy another student's assignment. Equivalently, it is not acceptable to allow another student to copy your assignment. It is also not okay for one student to tell another student exactly how to answer a question. Any help should consist in pointing a student in a general direction. You should acknowledge any collaboration or help you received at the top of your assignment, with a sentence along the lines of "I worked with students X and Y on this assignment" or "Student Z helped me with Question 3". Academic fraud is taken seriously in this course. See the university policy posted here.