Life in the Universe
Prof. Richard Pogge, MTWThF 12:30
|Homework||Worksheet||Handed Out||Due Date|
|1||Assignment||Tues, Jan 10||Tues, Jan 17|
|2||Assignment||Tues, Jan 24||Wed, Feb 1|
|3||Assignment||Tues, Feb 7||Tues, Feb 14|
|4||Assignment||Tues, Feb 21||Tues, Feb 28|
|5||Assignment||Tues, Feb 28||Fri, Mar 9|
|hw5data.txt||Data file needed for HW5|
Each homework assignment consists of short-answer questions. The questions are open-book, open-notes, open-discussion. The homework sheet also doubles as your worksheet, and you must turn in your answers on this worksheet at the beginning of class on the due date.
Collectively the homework will count for 25% of the final grade, 5% per assignment. So doing well on the homework will have an impact on your grade.
These homework problems are an opportunity for me to ask more challenging or involved questions than I can reasonably ask during a quiz or the final exam. These questions are designed to get you thinking about and discussing the course topics in an active way. I design some problems to get you thinking quantitatively about ideas that will be coming up many times in later lectures. I strongly encourage you to form study groups to discuss the questions among yourselves, but in the end you must decide on the final answers yourself (beware the perils of group-think, which can lead down the wrong path as often as not!).
For those problems that require you to work out a problem, you must show all of your work to get full credit. If you just write down and answer, and it is wrong, we will give it zero points, as we won't have any information about how you tried to solve the problem, and so cannot assign partial credit if the setup is right but you made a simple mistake in the final execution.
We plan on having your homework assignments graded and ready to hand back in class as soon as possible following the due date. The exception is the last homework assignment which is due on the last day of class and will be handed back at Final Exam on Tuesday, March 13.