I have compiled the following guidelines to benefit us all. While it may
take additional work to create a well-written homework assignment, it is beneficial to the learning process.
Revisiting the assignment after you have worked all the problems allows you to process the material and solidify
your understandings. The work that you put into the homework assignments will save you time when your are
studying for the exams---you will have clearly written solutions to the homework! It is also a simple courtesy
to your instructor who has a good number of exercises to read. Note that Prof. Chris is in a much better mood
when he reads well-structured homework assignments than the alternative. Better mood = better grades.
When you turn in your homework, it should be presentable and in its final
version. You should not be turning in your scratch work, nor drafts of your solutions. The writing should be
legible, not too small, and there should be ample white space on each page. I suggest creating a margin around
the entire sheet, as in the picture below. You need not hold yourself to the margin, but if you find yourself
encroaching on the margin, it is time to finish your thought on the next line or on another page. You may use
both sides of a piece of paper, as long as the ink/pencil is not visible through the paper. (This will depend on
the paper and the writing instrument.)
You do not need to copy the problem statement for each problem, but that
is often helpful when studying for an exam. It also helps delineate your homework throughout. Please
complete the homework problems in order. (1, 2, 3...) I suggest starting each problem on a new page, but if
you would rather not, make sure that there are at least three blank lines between problems. If you draw a
picture, you need to explain it in words. (Pictures are always appreciated!)
Make sure to put your name on each page. It is often helpful to
put the homework assignment number, date, and class for identification purposes. If you use more than one piece
of paper, staple or clip the pages together. If you use notebook paper, tear off the binder waste.