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There will be regular homework assignments to be handed in during the term. These will be posted here. Assignments are due **at the beginning of class** on the dates indicated below. Assignments handed in at the end of class will have 25% of the total available points deducted from the grade. Because of the disruption caused by assignments being handed in while class is in progress, assignments handed in during class (i.e. after the class has begun and before it ends) will receive a grade of zero.

If you need to hand in an assignment outside of class (**before** it is due), you must either give it to the instructor in person (for instance, during office hours) or give it to the receptionist in the math department (Room 103, 585 King Edward Ave) during business hours and ask her to place it in the professor's mailbox. If you submit your assignment to the receptionist, make sure she stamps it with the date and time it was handed in. Assignments placed directly by students in the professor's mailbox or under his door will **not** be accepted.

- Assignment 1: Tuesday, September 18
- Assignment 2: Tuesday, October 2
- Assignment 3: Tuesday, October 16
- Assignment 4: Tuesday, November 6
- Assignment 5: Tuesday, November 20
- Assignment 6: Friday, November 30

Assignment grades are based on both correctness (e.g. mathematical rigour) **and** presentation. Presentation includes the following.

*Physical presentation*: Pages should not be ripped, crumpled or torn out of a coiled notebook. Assignments of more than one page should be properly stapled.*Neat printing/handwriting*: If the writing on an assignment is illegible, the work cannot be graded. Keep in mind that assignments can always be typewritten.*Clear and logical presentation*: Arguments should be made as clear as possible and progress in a linear fashion down the page.*Concise exposition*: A short, concise proof is typically preferable to a longwinded one. Mathematics is about more than just presenting a rigorous argument. The beauty of an argument, how clear it is, and how concise it is are all important factors.

Graded assignments will be returned in class and solutions posted on this page.

You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with other students in a *general* manner (i.e. you can discuss the general approach to the problem). However, you should solve the homework problems yourself and all written work should be your own. If you work with another student on the homework, you should indicate this on your assignment (for example, write "I worked with X on Questions 1 and 3"). Copying from another student is cheating and will not be tolerated — it also doesn't help you in the long run.

Students found cheating will be reported to the university. Punishment can range from receiving a zero on the assignment, to failing the course, to being expelled from the university. Allowing another student to copy your work is just as serious as copying. For instance, you should *not* lend your completed homework assignment to another student.

If you have difficulty with the homework you can come to office hours for help and so there is no reason to cheat. Working through the homework yourself will greatly increase your understanding of the subject matter and will improve your performance on the midterm and final exam.