Type or write (neatly) your assignment on notebook-sized
paper. If you handwrite your assignments, use a pen, since I find
pencilled writing hard to read.
Make sure that the reader can understand what the problem is
without having to look it up.
Be sure to leave plenty of space for comments. Usually you
should leave a third of a page per proof, plus nice-sized margins.
Be sure to staple the pages together. You should
a stapler by now, but if you forget, there is a stapler in the third
floor computer lab.
Make sure that you cut off the squigglies on paper ripped out of
a spiral notembook.
For problems that don't involve proofs, you should show enough
work so that any student in the class can follow your solution.
Just writing the answer is never enough.
Proofs should be written in complete English sentences.
Proofread what you have written to make sure it makes sense.
Don't try to fake a proof. Instead, acknowledge the gap in your
proof. Better yet, come talk with me beforehand and see if I can
help you close the gap.
Homework problems will be collected
in class on Mondays and Thursdays. You can put several problems
on a page provided that you leave plenty of room in the margins and
between problems so that I may write comments. Each problem
should be labeled. The pages of each assignment should be stapled
Practice problems will be
exchanged in class on Tuesdays and Fridays. You should group the
problems together by section and have separate pages for each
section. You can only review problems that you have already done.
should be done completely on your own,
help from anyone, including other professors, your fellow students,
your math geek friends, webpages, etc. You may ask me if you have
troubles understanding the problem, but I may not be very helpful.