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What value is there in requiring students to declare the dimensions of an answer when it is already clear from context?

The legitimate purpose of this is trying to get the student to actually read the question and take note of the fact that there is indeed a context. Many students approach mathematical exercises as &...
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What value is there in requiring students to declare the dimensions of an answer when it is already clear from context?

Apologizies for jumping to early college. It turns out that the problem persists, if you don't get into the habit of (at least mentally) keeping track of dimensions/units/whatnot. I have been battling ...
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What value is there in requiring students to declare the dimensions of an answer when it is already clear from context?

In my experience with remedial-level community-college student (USA), it is simply never the case that the units are trivially "clear from context". I can easily see some of my former ...
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What value is there in requiring students to declare the dimensions of an answer when it is already clear from context?

Different STEM fields have different conventions about this. These conventions are adapted to the needs of the field, so in general if the work you're doing has the flavor of field X, you will ...
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What value is there in requiring students to declare the dimensions of an answer when it is already clear from context?

I think it is ridiculous to keep repeating "self-sealing stem bolts" over and over in order to maintain units throughout a computation. But there is important benefit in keeping correct ...
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