The weekly homework assignments will consist of analytical problems, computer work, and data analysis. The 2000 section of the course will have additional problems. For all sections, the homework will be assigned on Tuesday night and due the following Tuesday at 1:00pm. Solutions will be posted on Tuesday night, and students will have one week to “self correct” their homework on the basis of the solution key (due the following Tuesday at 1:00pm). These corrections should take the form of comments added to the original homework that indicate where mistakes were made and that demonstrate an understanding of those mistakes.
The homework write-up must be word processed (MS Word is fine), with tables and figures incorporated in the document. No late homework will be accepted except in the case of a documented emergency. All sufficiently attempted homework will be graded on a (+,✓,-) scale, and all sufficiently student corrected homework will recover half credit (e.g., homework that receives a ✓ and is sufficiently corrected with receive a final grade of ✓/+). All sufficiently attempted homework will be typed and well organized with all problems attempted, and all sufficiently corrected homework will include typed and well organized comments integrated into the original homework. The instructor will determine sufficiency in borderline cases.
We encourage students to work together on the homework assignments, but you must write your own solutions (this includes computer work), and you must write the names of your collaborators on your assignment. We also strongly suggest that you make a solo effort at all the problems before consulting others. The midterm and the final will be very difficult if you have no experience working on your own.