Grading polices and criteria

ALL work in this class (homework, exams, projects) will be graded not only for content, but also for professional presentation: (Clearly, if the content is missing, the grade will always be zero, no matter how beautiful the presentation.) This includes proper grammar (complete sentences) and proper spelling and punctuation.
Formulas scattered all over a page are completely inappropriate and may lead to zero credit. The logical structure and reasoning must be clear to the reader. Do not list all minor calculations, but provide all major steps, and EXPLAIN what you are doing (and why you are doing it)!
General advice:
  • Complement formulas with many explanations in plain English, and with many graphical illustrations. Depending on the problem, think of half-words-half-formulas as typical.
  • Write out all steps that use calc-III material, but omit most steps that utilize primarily techniques from prerequiiste classes.

    If you use computers/calculators, you must explain how you got your results. However, in general, do not expect that computer print-outs will be read by anyone, UNLESS they are commented and well-organized. (However, you may always append whatever you want into an appendix.)

    Homework policies

    All homework (and team projects) have to be turned in by teams of three or four students, unless otherwise agreed upon. All students are expected to sign each assignment, -- this signature attesting that all students worked on all problems.
    Late homework will be accepted at most once from any team, and will be graded based on a total that is 70% of the original.

    Exam policies

    All one-hour exams and the final examination are to be taken individually. All these tests are closed book tests. However, students may use the computers, including any of the software used in regular classes.
    Electronic cheat-sheets may be used only if the class agrees before the test an a policy (e.g. they must be placed on the server one day before the test, accessible to all -- or a similar policy.) For added security, students will be assigned a different seat and computer for each test. No electronic communication with the outside is allowed, except for visits of those WWW-sites used during regular classes.