Questions tagged [homework]

Relating to the discussion and controversy around questions that are tagged, explicitly stated as, presumed, or suspected to be homework questions (i.e. those given to a student in a formal course of study).

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(homework) tag should be deprecated (Voting's over! You won't believe what won!)

Note. After over one month of discussion, and more than one week of voting, I think the community has decided. Leave the tag alone: 43 upvotes (20.38%) Consider the tag deprecated, but do not remove ...
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How to ask a homework question?

How to ask a homework question? Can I ask a homework question here? How do I ask a homework question on this website? What information should I include in a question about homework? Why don't you ...
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Proposal: ban verbatim homework questions which have no accompanying text

Edit: Clarification: I think we should start closing questions which are obviously copied verbatim from a homework assignment and which consist of no other text. Questions about homework with other ...
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One of my students may be getting math.SE to do their homework

So I strongly suspect that one of my students is asking all their homework questions here. In particular, all the questions that user8917 has asked about probability are homework questions that I have ...
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Suggested Guideline for “I Don't Know Where to Begin” Questions

We've all seen them: posts that ask the community members for help regarding a homework problem, lacking in any previously attempted work. Sometimes you can't blame the asker for not knowing where to ...
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A Consolidated Homework Policy

A certain theme during the Town Hall Chat was on the question of a homework policy. The idea of such a policy is not new. As one user said in the chat, I liked Rob john's suggestion towards ...
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When should I stop answering to OP

I am pretty new in this community and honestly do not know if this question is too out of place here, please let me know and I will delete it. When I try to give an answer to something that looks ...
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People who ask homework questions and then remove them

It just happened (again) that someone removed a homework question after getting responses in comments. I realized this because the OP had responded to my comment before deleting the question, so that ...
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User asking exercises from textbook without so identifying

A user is copying verbatim exercises from my textbook, e.g., Local Feature Size, Describe Conv(A U B), Flip graph of point set, Expected number on the convex hull, etc. Is the MSE convention that he ...
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Homework user who deletes their questions - what to do?

A certain user posted a question today, received an answer (from myself), accepted the answer, then deleted the question sometime afterwards. I now find that a very, very similar question has popped ...
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What do we do with users who post numerous unlabeled homework questions?

User student has, quite impressively, recognized that all of user6560's questions are homework questions from the ongoing course Math 620 at the University of Buffalo. I just went through, downvoted ...
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Downvoting Complete Solutions

I recently had an answer to this homework question downvoted twice because I provided a complete solution. Has a consensus been reached about how to treat homework problems? If not, is this an ...
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Abuse of site with homework assignments

Update: November 2017 This is not a duplicate of A Consolidated Homework Policy . The latter states that its concern is the issue of: "how to consolidate and enforce our homework policy". My ...
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Why don't we use a homework policy… like physics.SE?

I was reading Proposal: ban verbatim homework questions which have no accompanying text and I came upon some startling old statistics. Since 2013, the number of questions on this site has multiplied ...
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Why isn't more being done to avoid facilitating copy/paste homework questions?

I'm relatively new to this site, but I've noticed a disturbing trend during my time here: many of the questions are simply copy / pasted or even scanned and show little to no effort on the part of the ...
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Homework, reasonable to have no clue?

In this post OP was asked to derive the Catalan numbers. I am not sure how to react. As posted, there was no background. OP showed no effort. If I were asked the question and had no clue how to ...
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homework questions, again

I have no sympathy for people just copying the text of the homework questions to the site (sometimes they even scan the page, to avoid having to write the text...) On the other side, I believe that ...
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Homework questions - avoiding giving a complete solution

We already have a question, on the policy of handling homework questions, but I believe that this point is important enough to deserve its own discussion. There is a general consensus that completely ...
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What is the proper way to handle homework questions?

I feel that this topic is important enough to deserve its own page, rather than having bits and pieces be scattered across many answers and comments. It is inevitable that many students will come to ...
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Proper use of the (homework) tag redux [closed]

When, if ever, is it appropriate to add the homework tag to a question that has not been acknowledged by the OP to be homework? My position is that it is never appropriate, full stop. It’s fine to ...
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Blindly answering easy questions without considering whether the question satisfies MSE policy.

Here's the question which motivated me to write this question. Inspite of being clearly mentioned in the MSE's homework policy about Avoid "no clue" questions this question was asked by the ...
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Dealing with zero effort questions

A lot of questions on the site are asked by one time users who think that this is a magical place where all homework gets done with no effort put into it. Usually, the users prompt the question author ...
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Is the site being too lenient in helping people with homework?

Most questions which are actually exercises and considered homework on other sites are closed within a short span of time, but since this site requires people to show their work so that they are ...
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Request for a tag for homework hints/evolution rather than solution

I realize this is not a new topic. But I've noticed that I'm not the only one getting really frustrated by the standard behavior here. Some of us teacher types are willing to engage the OP in a ...
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“I have no idea what to do” - How do you respond to self-study questions by users who are completely lost?

It seems very common for someone to ask a homework question along with some variant of the phrase "I am completely lost" or "I have no idea what to do", and therefore violating the guideline that self-...
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Trying to keep students from using MSE to do their homework

I'm working as a counselor at a summer math camp, and have been tasked with giving challenge problems for the campers outside of their classes (see this post at MESE) for more details. I am almost ...
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How should we deal with differences of opinion about things like homework and tests?

(This is not a duplicate of questions like Homework questions - avoiding giving a complete solution or How do we enforce the homework policy?; it's about handling differences of opinion, not about the ...
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Would it be allowed to post a question as an exercise for students?

So I'm a math teacher and would like my students to get comfortable with this community and to get familiar with this resource. To this end I've daydreamed about assigning them a problem, then posting ...
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Is this a good homework question? Is there anything like a good homework question?

This is the first time I have posted a homework question on M.SE: Solution of 2nd order linear ODE with regular singular points, and complex exponents at singularity I would like to post more, ...
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The things that make math.SE 'better' (or worse) than most other math sites

So there was a recent conversation below the main post of When does the series converge?, which prompted this meta post. I know there are plenty of people who are for and against the closure and ...
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Why do some answerers prefer full solutions to hints for homework and homework-like questions?

Recently a few discussions on homework questions appeared (or re-appeared) on meta. Originally I wanted to post something like this into one of them. But perhaps it is better to post this as a ...
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Why is so important if a question is homework?

I've studied Computer Science and my first contact with the StackExchenge's sites was StackOverflow. Later I realize that there are a lot of other useful sites on this platform and currently I'm an ...
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Do we limit how often someone may ask about their homework?

I am thinking of a particular string of questions, such as here, here, and here. This particular user has asked over 10 questions of this flavor in the last 3 days, and many of them are being ...
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What is a homework question?

I can't find an appropriate definition of what the homework tag should cover. Is it homework if it is not to be handed in? Is it homework if it is an exercise from a book during self-study? Is it ...
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Would posting the source of my mathematics questions help attract more attention?

I am primarily using MSE to prepare for my comprehensive exams, and I think that it is a wonderful place to discuss mathematics. I notice that, after the summer season, ie., when school's in session, ...
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Proper use of Homework Tag [closed]

I know from searching through the history here on meta that virtually every permutation of question regarding the [homework] tag has been discussed, but I could not find an answer to my question. ...
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Guideline for using “lack of context” and “homework” close reasons

Since a few days, we have the new predefined close reason about "lack of context". It would seem to me, that, even if a question superficially looks like homework, this is the appropriate close ...
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Answering homework questions and downvoting

I just saw this thread: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/970464/parallel-tangents-and-curves and there were discussions in it on whether or not it was appropriate to downvote an answer which ...
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Answering my own question: Shall I give a hint or a full solution?

I posted a question half a hour ago. But I think I found the answer myself now. I understand that answering your own question is appreciated (instead of deleting it). But I don't know if I should give ...
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Should homework questions from advanced subjects be closed?

When I say homework question, I mean the kind of questions frequently seen where the question is just a direct copy of an exercise from a textbook without any work from the OP. These questions appear ...
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Thoughts on ad hoc answers to homework questions?

There's quite a few questions around (such as Show that 13 divides $2^{70}+3^{70}$) which ask a homework question which could correctly be answered in numerous ways. For the sake of discussion, I'd ...
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User abusing website with multiple questions?

If you see an user that you can clearly tell has posted many questions in one day that are homework questions and they show no effort whatsoever nor do they tell you it is homework, are you supposed ...
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Should we do something about old comments mentioning (homework) tag?

Not so long ago, the homework tag was blacklisted. However, we still have many comments on old questions containing some information about (homework) tag. This information is now obsolete. It is ...
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How can we prevent instances of plagiarism arising from questions? [duplicate]

When I went to my university to hand in my Maths work (5 questions, worth 25% of the grade for the unit) I met with a friend who told me that somebody had been asking questions from the coursework ...
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Differences in [homework] policy to SE Network

I was reading around the extensive topic minefield of homework policy in order to come to better understand the community's attitude (not provoked by anything in particular), and came across a ...
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Student posting assignment questions - what action to take? [duplicate]

I am currently undertaking a course in topology, and I've noticed a particular user post many questions which are taken directly from the past two assignments we've been given. They joined about a ...
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Almost-duplicates of closed PSQs

In this (now deleted) question a user asked about a homework problem (I assume), asking whether a particular approach to it would be valid. Almost immediately, someone voted to close as a duplicate ...
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Referring users to other forums: if and when.

Many new users do things that are contrary to the culture at MSE. They ... ask in the imperative (often thanks to translate.google), ask too often, haven't "tried" anything (besides registering ...
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A suggestion for dealing with users who post homework problems.

In this thread, Alex Bartel asks what I consider to be a question that is extremely important for our site. "...here people are more than willing to solve homework questions completely, even if they ...
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Problems with homework questions

This is the first time I post a question here, but sometimes I do read posts here. My question is concerned (again) with homework questions. My objectives in this site has been always the followings: ...