Math 3308 Conceptual Algebra -- Activity Report Guidelines
These guidelines in pdf
Technical writing, of which your reports are an example, is hard, and
hard work! But, with practice, you can get better at it, and, in the
process, make ideas more clear in your own mind. You are always
welcome to ask me for help on any aspect of your report, at any stage
- Your report will have three main parts:
- Discuss your
understanding of the problem, and the concepts involved.
Rephrase what the problem is asking, in your own words. If
there are any definitions that are new, explain these, too.
- Discuss the main
approaches you applied to solve the problem. Why did you try
these? Which approach(es) is (are) more effective, and why?
- Your main goal is answer
the questions in the report, as much as possible. Sometimes,
you will not have complete answers (for instance, why
something is true). In that case, include the best answer you
can (for instance, if you don't know why something is true,
list the examples you tried, and how they support your claim).
- Level of detail
- All parts of your report
should include enough detail and supporting arguments to convince
a peer (say, someone who is in this class, but has not seen this
activity before) that what you say is correct. It is also
possible to include too much detail, hiding your main points.
- It is perfectly fine to use
ideas of other students from class, but in that case, please give
credit where credit is due. Note that, even when you work
extensively with others, writing the report is (with the exception
of group assignments) very much an individual assignment.
- The prose part of your report should be typed or
typeset. You may put in diagrams, equations, tables, etc. neatly
by hand. A cover sheet is not necessary; just put your name on
the first sheet. Do not use binders, plastic covers, etc.; simply
staple the pages of your report together.
- Your projects will be graded on the following scale:
The minimum score for an A is 4, for a B is 3, etc. I may
award half-points (for instance, 3.5) for papers that fit between
- 5 Includes complete introduction, and
analysis of approaches. All questions are completely answered
and clearly justified. Writing is clear, organized, and easy
- 4 Includes complete introduction, and
some analysis of approaches. All questions are answered,
mostly justified, with numerous and carefully chosen examples
supporting the rest. Writing is clear and organized.
- 3 Includes complete introduction, and
effective approaches. Most questions answered with some
explanation, and some examples. Writing is understandable and
- 2 Includes mostly complete introduction.
There are reasonable approaches to solving most of the
problems, with some progress (examples that support answers,
patterns observed). Writing is understandable.
- 1 Incomplete introduction, some
reasonable approaches, little progress towards solutions.
Writing is hard to read.
- 0 Minimal work.