There are two types of homework in MATH 101: WeBWorK assignments and suggested problems. The purpose of both types is to help you practice for the exams and to solidify your mastery of the course learning goals.
The homework component of your grade in this course is determined by online WeBWorK assignments. The WeBWorK system has many advantages, including slightly randomizing homework problems and (perhaps best of all) providing you with instant feedback. Remember that the homework is intended to help you learn the course material, and therefore it should be done as you are studying; students who leave their homework to the night before it is due do poorly in this course. (Do not be tempted into finding ways to complete your WeBWorK assignments without working through the problems yourself; in addition to the consequences of violating UBC's academic misconduct policies, you will be depriving yourself of the practice necessary to do well on the midterms.)
The online assignments are supplemented by weekly suggested problems; these problems are not handed in or graded, but they are a valuable component of your preparation for the exams. Suggested problems tend to come in two categories: additional problems like the ones on the WeBWorK assignments, to provide you with extra practice on the mechanics you are learning; and multi-step or long-answer problems that are difficult to program into WeBWorK (for example, full curve-sketching problems from your differential calculus course would fall into this second category). You should definitely do as many of the suggested problems as you can each week, in conjunction with completing your WeBWorK assignments. Trying some of the later (harder) problems on the list, in particular, gives you a specific type of preparation for the hard questions on the exams that WeBWorK can't supply well on its own. (For that matter, the suggested problems make great practice problems for the exams; they can even appear, unchanged, on the exams themselves!)
In short: students who don't do their homework tend to fail their exams—it's that simple. Students who not only solve the problems, but also think critically about what they have and haven't mastered, will be well prepared for the exams.
More information about the WeBWorK assignments
Each week you will be assigned roughly twenty WeBWorK problems. You will be able to access your WeBWorK assignments using your CWL (Campus-Wide Login). to login to do your weekly on-line homework problem sets. All assignments will be open starting at 8:00 AM on Thursday mornings and due at 9:00 PM on Wednesday nights; answers will be available a few minutes after the assignment deadline. For example, the first WeBWorK assignment must be completed by 9:00 PM on Wednesday, January 14.
Your WeBWorK assignments count for 10% of your overall grade in this course. All twelve WeBWorK assignments will be counted equally (regardless of which assignments have more or fewer problems), except that the lowest score will automatically be dropped. If you have an illness or other circumstance that prevents you from completing one of the WeBWorK assignments, don't worry—your grade will not suffer, since that assignment will just be dropped. (You should still complete the problems later, though, since the purpose of the WeBWorK assignments is to give you practice on the types of problems that will appear on the exams.)
List of suggested problems