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Should we use quizzes to replace homeworks?

I posted a question regarding what to do when students have done poorly in a mid-term exam. One suggestion I got is to use frequent tests to reduce the risk of one poorly designed exam. Then I did a ...
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Mental Health in Mathematics

I am not sure if my question is relative to this meta but I still want to put forth my thoughts and concerns and questions because I think its not just me but others too who have similar issues. My ...
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Should I do all the proof practice problems in How to Prove It, an intro to proofs book?

Like the title says. I am self studying intro to proofs(How to prove it by velleman) so I can start an introduction to analysis. I am wondering if I should complete all the exercises in the textbook(...
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Students reliant on answers provided, but not their own reasoning?

Evidence suggests that even instructional approaches that produce conceptual gains may leave students reliant and expecting to be reliant on guidance from instructors (Redish et al., 1998). Students ...
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Do any tools exist that convert "pretty print" equations into "inline text" equations?

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small school in the US. Many of my courses have homework assignments administered by WeBWorK. A small minority of students struggle mightily (...
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Setting up a new Ximera course with randomized values in problems

I'm working on converting a course to make it free to the students, and I'm considering using Ximera. What I haven't found online is documentation for/information on tips and best practices for ...
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Grading in a way that lets students have a good and formative experience

This fall, I'll be a reader (i.e. homework grader) for the first time, and the course is a second-level linear algebra course, which is likely the first proof-based course most of the students will ...
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Generating system of equations with unique solutions

I have a similar problem addressed in System of Equations Generator. What I need is an automatic way of generating a system of equations with unique solutions, but the equations are not exclusively ...
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Ideal Features of Online Homework Platform?

If you could build an ideal online homework platform for mathematics, what combination of features should it have in order to be effective at levels from high school through undergraduate, and why? ...
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Workbooks for advanced high school math topics

I'm looking for advanced workbooks and exercises for working in class (math high school/undergraduate level) covering the following topics (or some of them): Logic and sets (propositional calculus, ...
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Do you have an efficient way to view student responses to remote assignments allowing them to type math symbols and steps? (Middle + High school)

Asking for a friend, this seems generally useful given #distanceLearning right now. Below is her message in a quote block followed by my response. I am using Google Classroom, G-sheets, G-Docs, G-...
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Multiple extra credit questions in a homework set

Extra credit questions sometimes motivate students to study more. Occasionally I find several valuable questions which are all good as extra credit question choices but I have to limit the number of ...
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What's the point of exercises without answers?

What is the point of exercises for which answers aren't provided? (That is to say, what is the pedagogical justification for such exercises? - Edit by someone other than original poster.) Commentary ...
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The art of designing of problem sets

For proof-based math courses, the gist of the learning happens in problem sets and so it is essential to design them well. We would appreciate responses containing references (eg. from active learning)...
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Selected Exercise for Linear Algebra Done Right Edition 3 [closed]

I am self learning the book Linear Algebra Done Right. I tried to complete all exercises in each chapter. I am currently at Chapter 3 and found that it is not feasible to complete all of the exercises....
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When Euclid was used as a textbook, what exercises did students do?

Until fairly recently, it was common for students in school to learn Euclidean geometry from a translation of Euclid. I get the impression that ca. 1700 this would have been in college and only for a ...
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Desmos Assignment: Make a graph that does this

I am interested in collecting/creating a compendium of lesson plans that are essentially just this. Lesson Plan: Appropriate for a precalc class and an algebra 2 course. Show the following graph: ...
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Automatically creating homework worksheets from textbook problems

This semester I am a TA for a Calc 2 course. At my first meeting with my instructor, he mentioned in passing that "Homework is always easier than an exam, because homework questions come from the ...
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Should homework be graded in an undergraduate math course?

It seems like the internet has made it very difficult to prevent cheating -- simply looking up the solutions to textbook problems -- on undergraduate math homework. So there is a danger that grading ...
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Supplemental text for undergraduate real analysis

Context: I am an assistant professor at a small college in the US. Next semester I am teaching real analysis for the first time, and we are using Steven R. Lay's book. (It also happens to be the ...
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Quizzes (with questions known in advance) instead of homework in a graduate mathematics class. Good Idea or Bad Idea? Pros and Cons?

I'm teaching a graduate course in mathematics next semester. I'm planning to have a midterm and a final exam. But I'm thinking about having weekly (or once-every-two-weeks) in-class quizzes instead of ...
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Middle / High School Math Teachers and LaTeX

All of the middle and high school math educators I´ve encountered choose not to use LaTeX in preparing their documents or presentations. I would assume that most of them had to use the program in the ...
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What are the minimum criteria when checking homework for completion only?

I know that some instructors collect homework and "grade that on the basis of completion" (e.g., item #2 on this answer). In fact, I tried this myself for several years, based on advice from my mentor ...
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Making solutions to all problems freely available

I teach at a community college, almost all physics but also a math course now and then. My current practice is that I assign homework worth a very small number of points (1 point per problem, as ...
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How cheating on homework affects student questions

I am teaching Calculus 2 and 3 this semester from a common text, and a significant number of my students are handing in perfect homework assignments that are clearly copied from Chegg, et al. As ...
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What are good solar eclipse questions/projects for students?

I'd like to hear some ideas for problems or projects related to this summer's solar eclipse, in particular for the high school or undergrad level (algebra through calculus).
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Math.stackexchange and Homework [duplicate]

The grading scheme of almost all of the mathematics courses in my university is such that a substantial amount (e.g., $ \geq 20 \ \text{percent}$) of a student's grade is based on homework assignments....
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Is this homework problem on counting triangles within a 4x4 grid too vague?

My six-year old daughter was given this maths problem for her homework: Given a regular square grid of 4 × 4 dots, how many different triangles with one dot in the middle can you draw? We were ...
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Ethics of looking at other proofs before submitting work

I am in my third year of undergraduate math, and now that classes are becoming more proof-based, many of my homework questions are proofs of relatively basic concepts that can be found with a quick ...
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Benefits of students grading each other's (or their own) homework or quizzes?

I was wondering if there is any benefit to having undergraduate students swap homework and quizzes and grading them, with solutions that I provide. I was thinking it might be helpful for them to ...
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Is it appropriate to assign an extra credit homework question on the "next" session?

I am a new teacher teaching mathematics (College Algebra, Calculus, etc.) in a college. My wife has made an interesting suggestion that I would like to have a discussion here: Is it appropriate to ...
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Reusing homework exercises from previous terms

I am teaching a course for sophomore-level math majors this quarter, and next quarter, I'll be teaching the same thing. I haven't been in this situation before, and I'm wondering to what degree I can ...
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Research/Anecdotes supporting WebWork, MyMathLab and other computerized, immediate feedback HW

When I was a student in college (very recently), my college had implemented a program called WebWork to give immediate feedback on homework problems. Other systems like MyMathLab exist as well. ...
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Collaboration on math homework assignments?

There is considerable evidence that pair programming, when executed properly, both increases the accuracy of the code produced and enhances the learning of both participants. I wonder if anyone has ...
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Can homework play a substantial role in the assessment of understanding in university math?

Ideally, I'd like my students' grades to be based on more than just exams, because I think that certain tasks, such as writing proofs, aren't best performed in a test environment. Using homework for ...
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Worksheet: Homology in Intro Lin Al

I am about to start grad school and I am trying to think seriously about teaching [you know, before I get swamped with my own coursework]. I wrote a hypothetical worksheet for an introductory linear ...
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Is WebAssign ADA compliant?

I hope this is a good place to ask about this. My institution uses WebAssign for homework in many classes. A concern has come up about being compliant with ADA. From a page on the WebAssign site, it ...
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Is it okay to post my own problem set solutions?

There is a set of lecture notes I would like to work through the exercises very carefully. Instead of having thousands of scrap pages lying around my desk - I considered typing them up on and posting ...
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Is it morally acceptable to complete math homework with a program oneself has written?

I've been trying to introduce my younger sister to programming, and one of the things I said was basically that once you know how to program, you can have a computer solve equations for you as long as ...
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How to give homework for integration techniques?

When I was a freshman in Mathematics we learned the usual integration techniques (lots of standard integrals, integration by parts, substitution, partial fractions,…). As homework we simple got a ...
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Free websites to practice math for the common core standards

Many of my students' parents have asked me to suggest websites to help their children practice the common core math standards. I work in a very rural school and many of my students are from lower ...
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Is there a repository with K-12 math exercises and problems written in LaTeX (English or Spanish)?

I've been searching for a repository or a database with math problems (K-12 levels) written in LaTeX, but with no luck. Neither in Spanish (my student's language) ...
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Effective Method for Reviewing Homework in Class

I teach algebra at a community college. I assign homework which counts for 2 points. After going over the HW, I give the students a quiz (worth 20 points) with problems similar to the HW. I spend ...
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Abandon all hope, ye who enter my office!

The sentence in the title is inspired by a sentence on the gate of hell in Dante Alighieri's masterwork Divine Comedy (Part I: Inferno). I usually write it on my office door after exams when I think ...
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Are there any benefits to having an entire course's homework problems available from day one?

I am designing a course for the upcoming fall semester, and I am tossing around an idea in my head. While planning which topics to cover each week and how to set the pacing of the course, I figured I ...
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What are the pros and cons of having students choose which HW problems are looked at?

I am considering a new HW policy that I haven't seen elsewhere. Each week the student must turn in $n$ problems, of her choosing. There will be no HW score beyond documenting whether the student is ...
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How to randomly call on students to present HW? (without students losing motivation , and high probability everyone presents)

Assume you have decided to call on students to present HW solutions in your course. For educators who have done this before, how do you implement this and why? There are a few problems I can imagine ...
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Overload of Calculus homework assignments

I am a new calculus teacher in a high school for gifted students. I am the youngest teacher, I am not in my home country, and this country particularly values age and experience, so I have little room ...
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Assigning students to write solution sets

Next year, I will be teaching a very challenging second year "multivariable calculus and calculus on manifolds" course, and will assign a large number of difficult problem sets. I am thinking of ...
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How much time to spend on a single question?

When I was self-studying as an undergraduate, I would spend up to two weeks working on a single problem or trying to understand a proof in Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis. I realize now ...
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