CALCULUS I & II Homework resources
Ashley Stagner ’09
- Check your syllabus! Make sure you do the correct questions for the correct homework assignment—otherwise, you receive no credit!
- Write your name legibly at the top of your homework and the number of the assignment.
- Staple your homework! Origami folding is fun, but not reliable—your papers could get lost and/or separated.
- Make sure to put your homework in the correct folder by the time that it is due.
- Show all steps of your work for every problem and clearly indicate what your final answer is. You will not receive full credit for writing only the final answer.
- Make sure your homework is neat! Pencil is preferred, but if you use pen, use white-out; DO NOT cross out your mistakes. If you can’t read it, how do you think others will?
- Accessorize! Buy a large eraser and a calculator. The eraser will last you a whole semester’s worth of assignments and exams plus make you BFFs with your fellow math students during office hours. Also, you don’t need to buy a fancy graphing calculator—you cannot use a calculator on your exams and you should only be using it to check over your answers on your homework anyway—if you get a basic one that allows you to use trig functions you’ll be fine.
- Go to your professor’s office hours if you have questions—he/she is the best source for information. If you cannot, stop in at the QSR Center.
- Take advantage of your textbook! There are rule sheets and basic equation lists located in the front and back of your book. In addition, if you are stumped on a problem, go over that chapter —there will mostly be a hint for how to solve it by looking at the example problems.
- As long as your professor says so, you may collaborate with others on your homework—get together, have a math party and live it up—however, you cannot copy someone else’s work or provide other students with answers.
- After you get a homework or exam back, go over the incorrect questions. If you are unsure as to why a question is wrong, ask your professor. It is best to find out the correct answer while the material is still fresh in your mind. Then, in a different colored pen, write down the correct method. When you study for your test you will be able to understand the problem a lot easier and the day before the exam you won’t have to stand in the epically long line at office hours.