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Is this homework problem on counting triangles within a 4x4 grid too vague?

This is a bit of a can of worms. Let's unpack a little. We were given no additional information other than that stated in the page. This is your daughter's homework, not yours. Be careful with ...
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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)

In a Google doc, one can "Insert/Equation" (marked by $\pi^2$). Then tiny pull-down menus appear in a top bar: Using these menus, I just typed this nonsense:      
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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)

Consider to just review scanned or photographed handwritten homework. Yes, this is not as easy as looking at typed work, but consider: would you require typed work normally? So why now? If your ...
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How to give homework for integration techniques?

First of all, I try to be honest with my students by telling them directly and explicitly about the existence of such integration machines (It is silly of me assuming that they don't know that!). Then,...
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Is this homework problem on counting triangles within a 4x4 grid too vague?

I've come across some creative 10 year olds who produced solutions like So when there are questions set that seem closed you can allow it to be opened out and the child's exploration can begin, ...
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Is it morally acceptable to complete math homework with a program oneself has written?

TL;DR Yes, as long as the teacher didn't explicitly forbid it, you wrote the mathematical core of the program yourself, the technique you are using doesn't twist the intent of the problem. Teacher ...
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Students' Messy Sheets: The Big Problem of Exams and Homeworks

Besides mastering the material in the course one thing that the students have to learn during studies is to communicate mathematics in written form. Almost nobody comes to university and is able to ...
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Is this homework problem on counting triangles within a 4x4 grid too vague?

I think the key issue is with this part of the question: How many different triangles with one dot in the middle can you draw? Which depends on the context of how the subject is being taught I ...
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Making solutions to all problems freely available

This is an opinion, but perhaps worth sharing: When I assign that I expect students (particularly lower division students, such as those in calculus or precalculus classes) to do on their own time, I ...
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When Euclid was used as a textbook, what exercises did students do?

Euclid’s Elements was used as a Geometry textbook in essentially the same way that Virgil’s Æneid was used as a Latin textbook. Neither contained exercises anything else pedagogical, and both were ...
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Generating system of equations with unique solutions

Generating systems. The same method that works for linear equations works also for polynomial equations. Starting with a solution in mind (in mathematics and computer science, we call this a planted ...
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Are there any benefits to having an entire course's homework problems available from day one?

I did this for an introductory calculus course at a US state university. My reason was that I wanted to assign more homework than my colleagues typically do. On the first day of class I warned ...
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Worksheet: Homology in Intro Lin Al

Personally, I think this seems very appropriate. A few points: You might reconsider using a two character name for a vector. $xa$ looks like a multiplication. Perhaps just label the vertices $V_1$,...
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Is it morally acceptable to complete math homework with a program oneself has written?

I put my recommendation first, with my reasoning about the moral basis of school and homework underneath if you are interested. Recommendation It is not cheating and is probably more moral than doing ...
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Worksheet: Homology in Intro Lin Al

I have a dim memory of a simple exercise I came up with as a TA. It was something like the vector space over the reals of polynomials in two variables, including x^2, y^2, and (x+y)^2. I then asked ...
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Is this homework problem on counting triangles within a 4x4 grid too vague?

I think you're focusing too much on 'the answer'. I suspect the teacher was tired and busy, and quickly needed to come up with an exercise of a suitable level that was worth completing. If I was ...
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What are the minimum criteria when checking homework for completion only?

This is going to look a lot like Jeffery Thompson's answer, with some slight modifications (I was working on this answer when his appeared). First off, I agree entirely that you have to decide what ...
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Should homework be graded in an undergraduate math course?

I should preface this by saying that I am working in the US, at a large public university that serves a population that largely consists of first-in-family college attendees, low income students, and ...
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What's the point of exercises without answers?

To add to Namaste's answer above, two of the thing we're trying to teach in math is literacy and competency with the algorithms used to solve problems and the ability to solve problems for which you ...
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Reusing homework exercises from previous terms

For me, the answer is simply that homework is not collected, graded, or scored. I assign odd-numbered problems from standard textbooks, expect that students check the answers at the back, and I ask ...
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Benefits of students grading each other's (or their own) homework or quizzes?

A benefit that can be expected is to help student realize how important it is to write mathematics in a language (e.g. English; French in my case). I have often been confronted by students who ...
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When Euclid was used as a textbook, what exercises did students do?

For a history of how Geometry textbooks (and the way they were used) in the United States evolved from the mid-19th century into the 20th century, see: Herbst, P. (2002) Establishing a custom of ...
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Are there any benefits to having an entire course's homework problems available from day one?

I teach at community college. I often publish the homework problems at the beginning of the semester, listed by section. I have never had a student work ahead (that I know of). And I have had a few ...
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How to assign homework when answers are freely available or attainable online?

The question as posed asks "What are possible, good ways of overcoming the availability of free and proficient homework assistance?” I find myself wondering what the purpose of the homework is. Since ...
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Collaboration on math homework assignments?

As I see it, the key issue with allowing collaboration on homework assignments is how to suitably assign grades, and in particular how to be seen to be 'fair' in the process of doing so. The approach ...
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Collaboration on math homework assignments?

What level of mathematics are you looking at? When you say discrete math is this an undergrad course for general students, math majors or a grad course? My experience has been that for undergrad ...
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Is it appropriate to assign an extra credit homework question on the "next" session?

In general, I'd think that anything that helps students to break out of a tendency to passivity is good. Initiative should be rewarded, looking ahead is good, and so on. Sure, if there is a pervasive ...
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