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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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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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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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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What have you tried? Is this homework? You will get more help if …

It was fine/acceptable seeing occasional users receiving one/two line comments about appropriate tags, attempts, use of Latex etc. (I am not that old user though. But it was fine when I started.) It'...
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Apply the homework tag during routine editing? [duplicate]

When editing a new question, for grammar, punctuation, clarity, formulas, etc., is it appropriate to add the homework tag if your intuition is strong that it is homework? Please don't knee-jerk brand ...
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Non-homework tagged as (homework) [closed]

I keep noticing problems that are much too difficult to be part of any school class (such as tough olympiad-type solid geometry questions) posted as homework. The posters do not appear to be looking ...
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Duplicate Homework Questions: Suggestion

In some comment here on meta (I can't find it anymore...), a user made reference to the fact that Math.SE has a one of (if not the) lowest question-closure rate of any Area 51 site. I was thinking ...
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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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Would this hypothetical homework question be closed?

I've been looking through this Cregg website (who have taken over the website Cramster), where students can ask homework questions and get worked solutions in return for "ranking" or possibly paying $...
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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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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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Homework Policy

I would like to better understand the homework policy exercise in textbook policy for posting problems to math.stackexchange.com Can someone point me to the formal policy of what is and what is not ...
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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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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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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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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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Should we add the homework tag to a question? [closed]

If I see a series of questions that are clearly homework (from my class!!!), should I tag them as such? If so, what should I say in the summary so it doesn't get rejected?
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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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Whether to give an Answer or a Hint and whether there could be a tag to help

There is a post about homework which deals with similar issue. My concern is pedagogy. There are some people posting on here who are asking for answers to what I consider to be "rite of passage" ...
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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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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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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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Policy guidelines on asking homework questions

Hi, I have noticed recently the big debate going on here about homework questions. On our student support site, for each course that a student is enrolled in there is a forum specific to the course. ...
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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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How to format a homework question?

I'd like to propose an addition to the questions How to ask a homework question? based on the following observation. Most questions that are in fact homework questions are copied verbatim from the ...
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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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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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What's going on with the question “Change of measure”

A homework question posted 2 hours ago has been locked: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/21853/change-of-measure. Is it the level of the question (i.e., graduate level) that earned it this ...
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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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Improper(?) tagging of unassigned school practice-problems as [homework] [closed]

There have been multiple postings, including some recent ones, where problems that (according to their posters) are "practice problems" for a class, or from an exam preparation sheet are tagged by ...
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How do we enforce the homework policy?

I thought we had agreed not to give complete solutions to homework problems, but apparently some people didn't get the message. If this is not explicitly in the FAQ, it should be. Once that happens, ...
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What's wrong with a “not-homework” tag?

I had tagged this question with the tag [not-homework] after one of the persons answering it had wrongly assumed that it was homework. This tag was removed by moderator @KennyTM. I would like to ...
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Can we please stop asking “Is this homework?”

This is irritating and tedious, just put something about homework in the FAQ if it's necessary. If you don't want to just 'give people the answer' then treat all questions as if they are homework.
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On questions asking for their (home)work to be checked [duplicate]

There are several discussions on here about how to handle homework but I haven't seen any threads that address this specific question. If someone feels that it would be more appropriate to merge this ...
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Do we really want a [homework] tag? [closed]

What is the purpose of a [homework] tag? It can't be to differentiate homework questions from non-homework ones since it's impossible to verify whether or not a question is homework. I don't think ...
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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 our policy on questions that are quite clearly homework? [duplicate]

What's the policy with questions like Prove: $(a + b)^{n} \geq a^{n} + b^{n}$ https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1350/is-the-set-of-polynomials-of-degree-2-a-vector-space which are, I think, ...
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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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