- You
**may**collaborate with your classmates in any permutation on the**homework**. In fact, I*encourage*you to work in groups, as you will probably all learn more that way. However, you must**each**write up*all*the solutions even if they are all the same within a group. Writing them up provides learning reinforcement. - You may
**not**get worked out solutions from more advanced students, former students, a Tipler solution manual (if you can find it), from the web(!) or anyplace else. It obviously removes the whole point of the homework in the first place. - You
**may**ask more advanced students, former students, other faculty, personal friends, or your household pets for help or tutoring on particular problems, as long as no worked-out solutions to the assigned problems are present when you work with them. Again, if you work in groups I*encourage*you to take turns teaching each other how to work through to the solutions to the problems you encounter, as teaching is an excellent way (perhaps the best way) to learn. - You may use the library and all available non-human resources
to help solve the homework problems. I don't even care if you find the
solution somewhere (other than on the web, which is strictly prohibited)
and
**copy it verbatim**provided that you**understand it afterwards**(which is the primary goal),**cite your source**, and provided that you do**not**use any resource labelled as a solution for Tipler problems, including the solution manual for**Tipler**problems (which exists, floating around somewhere), see second item above. I would prefer that you do not routinely look for solutions rather than work them out yourself; save this approach for the toughest problems. Remember, you can't take these resources into an exam with you; you will need to learn to solve the problems on your own. On the other hand, real problem solving often involves a certain amount of library research. - Quizzes and Exams: All quiz and exam problems are to be worked
out alone. Calculators may be used on physics exams but the storing of
physics formulae or other crutches in calculator memory or firmware is
strictly prohibited. Looking at or copying other students' work is
obviously not permitted, and
*will be severely penalized if discovered*. I*assume*that all my students are honorable persons and will play the game honestly - do not damage your own honor and spirit by behaving dishonorably in my class.Remember, I don't like grading you any more than you like being graded, and ultimately your

*grade in this class does not matter*, at least no where nearly as much as you might think it does. What*does*matter is how much you*learn*- if you are getting a poor grade, it most likely reflects a failure to give the course the attention and effort it deserves and requires in order to properly facilitate that learning. Don't try to cheat your way to an empty and meaningless grade - come talk to me and we'll see if we can't repair your learning methodology to*earn*you a better one!