Math 156
Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science
Fall 2001

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Guidelines for Working Together with Academic Integrity

It is not good that students should be alone

Though certain assignments are meant specifically to be done in a group, you are encouraged to work with others on out-of-class assignments unless otherwise indicated. In fact, I strongly encourage you to find 2-3 other students and agree to meet at regularly-scheduled times each week to study together. Some reasons for doing this (some of these may apply to you more than others, depending upon your innate mathematical ability):

In the final analysis, each student is responsible for his or her own education

Having said all of this, remember that you are individually accountable for your learning. (Exams are not group efforts.) The end result must be that you are able to discuss (usually in writing) the mathematics necessary to the course. Mathematics is not a spectator sport! Work on a problem by yourself before seeking help, identifying specifically the place you get stuck. When you get help, ask for the least amount of information necessary to get you going again. Don't work with someone who can't resist telling you the entire solution everytime you ask a simle question.

Work that is turned in for a grade (except work explicitly designated as group work) should be written up independently. If you do this in proximity of study partners resist the temptation to "copy" or to lean too heavily on someone else (neither of which is not allowed), mistakenly thinking that you would have been able to do the work on your own. You may borrow someone's idea for solving a problem, but the words must be yours. All assignments (except for projects specifically assigned in groups) are to be written up separately on your own.

Handing in another's writeup (even on homework) will be considered as academic dishonesty.

Choose Wisely

If you choose to work with a group, try to pick a group that is

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