For many of the problems in this course, and their applications in real life, useful solutions are much more than a number. The process and/or proof developed to solve the problem are often more valuable, and should be fully explained in a way that is both understandable to others and suitably rigorous.

The following guidelines are designed to help you develop quality submissions in this course. It is expected that they will be followed on homework assignments and take-home portions of exams. Since time may be more restricted for in-class exams and quizzes, it is understood that those answer may not be as polished, but should still follow the general guidelines.

- You may write or type your solutions. If they are typeset, use an editor that allows the use of appropriate symbols (e.g. LaTeX). If they are handwritten, be sure they are legible. You may not arrive at the complete solution right away, and may rewrite your problems before submitting if you wish, but are not required to do so as long as your work is well-organized. If you use pen, you may simply cross out the portions you do not want graded, as long as the rest is easily readable. Similarly, if you use pencil, you may erase or cross out, but be sure that erasures do not leave it hard to read or ambiguous. If in doubt, ask. The goal is NOT for you to spend hours copying over problems, but for you have to have answers that are easy for you to refer to and for me to grade.
- Use letter-size 8.5" × 11" paper (i.e. do NOT use A4 or legal-size paper). If there are multiple pages, include your name and page number on all pages. Either staple the pages or use a paperclip. Do NOT use a paper-fold in lieu of a staple.
- You may have multiple problems per page. Each problem should be self-contained. Problems should be grouped by section, and appear in numerical order. If you accidentally do a problem out of order, be sure to clearly note where it is found on the paper.
- The homework will be most useful to you as a study aid if you know what the answer is referring to. Thus, you must begin each answer with both the exercise number and a complete statement of the problem being answered. It should provide sufficient details so that the question and answer make sense without looking at the textbook.
- Show your work, within reason. Logical reasoning and steps within proofs should always be shown. The steps and reasoning used are often worth more than the final answer. Thus, your answer should be complete and reproducible based on the information you provide, with each step following logically from the previous step. You may find it useful to model your answers based on the textbook and in-class examples. We will see when it is appropriate to provide a justification of the theorem or reasoning used, and when it is accepted as straightforward. When in doubt, include more, and we can always discuss in office hours. While you should include non-trivial algebra, do not show arithmetic in general. (You may use a calculator or computer for arithmetic on homework.)
- Throughout the course, I expect to see progressively better proper mathematical notation, following the examples in the text and in class. Just as syntax, comments, and spacing make for readable and useful computer programs, mathematics has its own language to make it clear and correct.

Adapted from the guidelines provided by Dr. Anthony in Fall 2015. May be modified as appropriate throughout the semester.