WeBWorK link and homework problems
There are two types of homework in MATH 100: WeBWorK assignments
and problems from the CLP problem book
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 quizzes.)
The online assignments are supplemented by the CLP problem book; these problems are not handed in or graded, but they are a valuable component of your preparation for the quizzes. These 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;
- 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 problems from the CLP problem book as you can each week, in conjunction with completing your WeBWorK assignments. Trying some of the harder problems on from the problem book, 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 CLP problem book problems make great practice problems for the exams.)
More information about WeBWorK assignments
Each week you will be assigned a number of WeBWorK problems. You will be able to access your WeBWorK assignments
using your CWL (Campus-Wide Login). All assignments will be open starting at 8:00 AM on Friday mornings a week before they are due, and due at 9:00 PM on Sunday nights (Monday nights, for Homework 3 onward); 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 Sunday, May 21. No extensions will be granted for WeBWorK assignments.
Your WeBWorK assignments count for 10% of your overall grade in this course. All six 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 quizzes.) For circumstances that force you to miss multiple WeBWorK assignments, see the web page on missed assessment
Problems from the CLP problem book
We also strongly recommend
that you work through the representative problem set in the CLP problem book
- These offline problems do not need to be handed in.
- They give you practice writing out solutions - like you will do in quizzes and exams.
- Keep up to date and be proactive working and getting help.
- If you have a study group - great! But you should do some problems each week under exam-conditions - no notes, no help, no distractions.
- It is very important that you attempt some problems without assistance.
Of course, once you have had a good attempt then seek help. But don't seek help until you have had a go.
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