Homework

I will assign homework nearly every day (except exam days), covering the material from the lecture given that day, and due the next day. However, in case you have any questions about a homework assignment, we can discuss it during the first quarter hour or so of the day that it's due. During this time, I'll try to ensure that everybody knows how to do it. So that you're not working on homework during the lecture, you may always turn in homework assignments up to one class day late.

Homework problems will come in two forms: Practice problems and Due problems. Generally, the Practice problems will come from the textbook, while I will write the Due problems myself, (although there may be exceptions). Only the Due problems actually need to be handed in. You don't have to turn in the Practice problems, but you should try them! If you find them easy, then you can skip to the next batch, but the Practice problems will usually help you with the Due problems. In any case, you'll need to practise the material if you want to remember it for the exam, a subsequent course, or the rest of your life.

As you do your homework, I encourage you to talk with your fellow students. In my class, this is not cheating! However, the final result that you turn in to me must be your own work, written by you in your own words; you should understand (at least more or less) what you've written. Don't turn in anything that you copied from another person, and don't have other students copy from what you plan to turn in. You can also look at other books and talk to other people, but the same rules apply as if those books or people were your fellow students: Understand what you turn in, and don't copy their words.

If you miss the homework, you can download it here in either PostScript or PDF form. After I return a homework assignment, I'll post my solutions here too.

  1. Introduction
  2. The real numbers
  3. Arithmetic operations
  4. Linear expressions
  5. Linear equations
  6. More linear equations
  7. Tricks; formulas
  8. Several variables; modelling
  9. More modelling and word problems
  10. Order and inequalities
  11. Solving linear inequalities
  12. Absolute value
  13. Solving equations and inequalities with absolute values
  14. Graphing with two variables
  15. Slopes of lines
  16. Graphing linear equations
  17. Graphing linear inequalities; systems of linear equations
  18. Solving systems of linear equations
  19. Word problems requiring two variables and two equations
  20. Exponentiation and polynomials
  21. Multiplying and dividing monomials
  22. Multiplying and dividing polynomials
  23. Scientific notation
  24. That's it!

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