About Homework in MAT126


Homework in MAT126 will be a combination of web-based homework (completed online) and assignments written up on paper which will be graded by a human grader.

You are encouraged to discuss homework problem together. However, each student must write up the homework or complete the corresponding web-based homework individually.

Homework will be assigned every week; check the schedule for the specific assignments. Note that looking in WebAssign alone is not sufficient, since most weeks there will be additional assignments not in WebAssign that are due in recitation.

You will complete part of the homework problems via a web interface. One of the benefits of the web-based system is that it will provide immediate feedback about whether your answers are right and wrong. However, don't just guess at an answer. You can answer until you get it right, but each wrong attempt costs part of a point.

Doing the Web-based Homeworks

Web-based homework problems are much like any other: you need to give answers to a series of short questions, some of them multiple-choice, others not. The only difference is that instead of doing it on paper, you are doing it over the Internet. You can access the web interface from any computer which has an Internet connection, whether from home, from one of the University SINC sites, or say from an Internet cafe in Paris (although typically students who go to Paris midsemester have trouble keeping up in lectures). No special software is required: all you need is a relatively recent Web browser. Also, you can do the web-based homework whenever you want (of course, before the deadline). You can look at the problems, print them out, then go home, think them over, and come back later with your answer. In fact, this is probably the best way of doing the web-based homework for most people.

Please note that each problem has many variants, and different students are given different variants. So do not try to compare your answers to that of your classmates. Comparing techniques of solving the problems will be helpful, however.

If you enter an answer and get it wrong, you get another try, although you will lose part of a point for each wrong answer you give.

Logging in

Make sure that you either log in through blackboard or by this link. If you go to www.webassign.net directly, you may be able to log in (use the institution code sunysb), although you might have to recover your password by the link provided (requires your email to be correct).

If you aren't registered or have other trouble logging in, please send an email to the course coordinator. Please include the number of the recitation you attend, your full name, and your Stony Brook ID number, and your NetID (I don't need the password).

After you login the first time, please go to the My Options page (in the upper right of the screen) and make sure your email address is the one you use.

Doing the Assignment

WebAssign has a variety of different question types, ranging from multiple choice to fill-in-the-blank to symbolic questions. Here are some things to keep in mind as you work through your assignments:

Homework Policies

Web based homeworks will typically be due twice weekly. One assignment due at 10 AM on Tuesdays (think "monday night before I go to sleep") and another due at 10am on Fridays (again, think of this as "thursday night"). The assignments will always become available at least a week before they are due, and usually more than that. It is better to work on the problems well before the due date, both because you'll learn better and because you'll save yourself headaches when the inevitable computer glitch happens. You may also receive bonus points. The due dates were picked so that you would have ample time to work the homeworks and still get help with problems you run into before they are due.

Paper homework assignments are due during recitation of the following the week in which they appear.

Late homeworks will not be accepted.

Basic guidelines for submitting paper homework:

  • Every student must include their full name, ID number, and recitation number on their homework.
  • If you use multiple pages, all of the homework pages MUST be stapled together.
  • Use black or dark blue ink when writing up answers for your homework assignments. Do NOT use RED ink.
  • A complete solution will include the following:
    • The statement of the problem
    • An organised presentation of ideas leading to a solution
    • An answer that is circled or boxed
    • If a problem has multiple parts it should be solved as though each part were a separate problem, following the order in which parts are listed.
  • You will lose points for writing mathematical nonsense, even if you get the correct answer in the end.
  • Any breech of academic integrity will be pursued accordingly.