Homework Exercises and Assignments

Submission instructions

All homework must be submitted electronically through the CDF submit command. Use assignment name "En" for Exercise number n and "An" for Assignment number n. Submit exactly two files: your homework paper (in file paper.pdf) and the completed cover page (in file cover.pdf). Both files must be in PDF—other formats cannot be accepted. For group work (assignments), only ONE member of the group should submit.

You are encouraged to use LaTeX to write up your homework solutions—have a look at the LaTeX links on the main webpage for more details, including a file of macros you can use for all course-specific notation.

Peer evaluations

Peer evaluations are required only for group work, i.e., assignments.

In order to receive a grade for your assignments, you must submit a peer evaluation report along with each assignment—each student must do this individually, as outlined in the document. Use assignment name "Aneval" for Assignment number n and submit exactly one file, in plain text (ASCII) format: your evaluation report (in file evaluation.txt).

Exercises

Exercises are to be completed individually, to help you cement your own understanding of the course material.

Please use this Exercise Cover Sheet (PDF) [see the LaTeX links for the source file] for all your exercises—print it double-sided and attach it to the front of your work.

  1. Homework Exercise 1 (due Wed 16 Sep):
    Exercise 1 handout (PDF) / Exercise 1 handout (.tex)
    Exercise 1 marking scheme (in plain text)—including marking codes and marker's comments

  2. Homework Exercise 2 (due Wed 23 Sep):
    Exercise 2 handout (PDF) / Exercise 2 handout (.tex)
    Exercise 2 marking scheme (in plain text)—including marking codes and marker's comments

  3. Homework Exercise 3 (due Wed 21 Oct):
    Exercise 3 handout (PDF) / Exercise 3 handout (.tex)
    Exercise 3 marking scheme (in plain text)—including marking codes and marker's comments

  4. Homework Exercise 4 (due Wed 28 Oct):
    Exercise 4 handout (PDF) / Exercise 4 handout (.tex)
    Exercise 4 marking scheme (in plain text)—including marking codes and marker's comments

  5. Homework Exercise 5 (due Wed 18 Nov):
    Exercise 5 handout (PDF) / Exercise 5 handout (.tex)
    Exercise 5 marking scheme (in plain text)—including marking codes and marker's comments

  6. Homework Exercise 6 (due Wed 25 Nov):
    Exercise 6 handout (PDF) / Exercise 6 handout (.tex)
    Exercise 6 marking scheme (in plain text)—including marking codes and marker's comments

Assignments

Assignments are to be completed in groups of 3–4 students. You are strongly encouraged to work out the solutions together, rather than try to split up the work so that each person is "responsible" for one or two questions only. Remember that the point of group assignments is to give you a chance to work on problems together, so that you each learn more than by doing it yourself. Studies have shown that stronger and weaker students both learn more when working in a group: as long as they are allowed to try problems on their own first, weaker students benefit from the explanations provided by stronger students, and stronger students benefit from having to think of ways to explain the material to weaker students, which helps cement their own understanding—everybody wins!

Remember also that splitting up the work may save time in the short term, but not in the long term: since everyone will be expected to understand how to solve each question for the test (or exam) that follows each assignment (and is worth more than the assignment itself), you will each have to go back and review each solution anyway. More importantly, as you well know, there is a big difference between reading someone else's solution and working out a solution for yourself: you learn much more by "solving" than by "reading".

Nevertheless, I leave it up to each student to decide for themselves. I think it's a small effort to make for a big payoff in terms of your learning experience, but it is for your own benefit and you are free to take advantage of it or not, as you see fit.

However, independently of your choice, keep in mind that you are personally responsible for ensuring that we receive a complete assignment submission bearing your name—no matter which member of your group looks after the submission (there should be only one). This also means that we cannot give special consideration to students who choose to work alone—this is a choice you are free to make, but you must accept the consequences of your choice.

If you would like to work with someone but you don't know anybody who could be your partner, simply post a "request for partner" message on the appropriate section of the course bulletin board. Also, make an effort to speak with your classmates during lectures and tutorials—you may find that there are many others in the same situation as yours.

Please use this Assignment Cover Sheet (PDF) [see the LaTeX links for the source file] for all your assignments—print it double-sided and attach it to the front of your work. You should submit only one copy of your solution that lists each member of your group.