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Suggestion No need to cheat on homework assignments

  1. Feb 17, 2010 #1
    Hi All,

    I am a 64 year old retired gentleman with a modest academic background in Physics. At this stage of my life, I am studying Physics for the pure beauty and joy of the subject and, as such, have no need to cheat on homework assignments.

    May I suggest that a special forum be set up for people like myself who would like to discuss and may need help in actual Physics problems. Admission to this forum would be based upon proof of age such as the submission to a moderator of some sort of identification indicating the age of the member.

    Thank you for considering this.

    Bob
     
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  3. Feb 17, 2010 #2

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    Re: Homework

    What's wrong with our current HW/Coursework forum?

    The way that forum is set up, it isn't simply for something that is officially a HW/Coursework content. Anyone wishing to work on that type of problem can go through the same steps and learn on to solve such things, be it for a school work or not. The learning process is the same.

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  4. Feb 17, 2010 #3
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    I'm sorry. I didn't realize that there was a forum devoted to homework. It isn't allowed on the other forums and I thought the reason was that homework help could be regard by some as cheating.

    Now I know where to go for help on actual Physics problems.

    Thank you,
    Bob
     
  5. Feb 17, 2010 #4

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    Re: Homework

    This is why we prohibit members from giving outright solutions. In the end, the member asking for help will get assistance in solving such problem, but the bulk of the work will be the responsibility of that member.

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  6. Feb 17, 2010 #5
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    I don't see the problem of giving complete worked out solutions. Students who would abuse that to cheat on graded homework assignenments will pay the price at the exam. The courses I've taught always had some overlap between homework assignments and exam questions. Students are informed about this in advance. I explained that students are allowed to collaborate with each other on homework problems, as long as they make sure that whatever they hand in is what they can now do themselves.

    If the exam result of a student is inconsistent with the grades for homework assignments, then I'll invite the student for some questioning. A number of things could have gone wrong (e.g. student was ill during exam). Letting the student solve some problems on the blackboard is a good way to find out. I can then revise either the exam grade or the homework grades.
     
  7. Feb 17, 2010 #6

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    Re: Homework

    Then you need to start a different thread and give your suggestion to change the current PF Rules. As it stands now, this is not allowed.

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