Professor Kate Poirier | D772 | Spring 2023

Category: Assignment Instructions (Page 1 of 6)

OpenLab assignment: time machine

Comment due Monday, May 22

Congratulations on making it to the end of the semester! Do you feel like a different person from who you were at the beginning of the semester??? You’re so much more knowledgeable and mature!

For this assignment, pretend you could get into a time machine and visit yourself from January. What do you know now that you wish you knew then? Write a letter to deliver to your past self explaining how this semester went for you and how you figured out what it takes to succeed in this class. Include any tips you have for your past self and anything you wish you had done differently semester this semester. How would you motivate your past self to work hard for their upcoming 17 weeks? What do you want your past self to know about where you are now?

Submit your letter as a comment on this post. Your letters may be used for future students of this class!

Project #3 peer feedback and game

Comments due by Monday, May 15

Gif of Marge Simpson holding Maggie and saying, "Do you want to play a game?"

For this assignment, you will read and comment on three of your classmates’ first drafts of Project #3. Try to choose a draft that does not already have three comments. You may play this game even if you have not yet submitted your own first draft.

Each of your comments must include the following:

  1. Your guess about whether the draft was written by your classmate (Option A) or whether your classmate had an AI like ChatGPT write the draft for them (Option B). Your classmate will reveal which option they chose when they post their final draft.
  2. An evaluation of how well you think the draft meets the content requirements (copied below and available here):
    • It must include a description of the real-world problem as well as a description of which differential equations are involved and how they are used to solve the problem.
    • For a particular equation, explain what the solution represents and what the other components of the equation represent.
    • Depending on the application you choose, you may or may not want to include a solution of the differential equation. For example, if your application involves a system of partial differential equations, you should not solve it! But if your application involves an ordinary differential equation of the type we’ve seen in this class, then you should include its solution.
  3. A suggestion for improving the draft according to the rubric here.
  4. Any other questions you have for the author or suggestions for improvement.

You may edit your own draft after receiving your classmates’ feedback before posting your final version by Monday, May 22.

OpenLab assignment: How’d you do it??

Comment on this post due Monday, May 1

A character from the Simpsons wearing glasses and a necktie speaking into an old-fashioned flip phone saying, "Hello, and welcome to success."

This assignment is similar to My Week in MAT 2680, but more focused specifically on your test preparation.

As a group, your Test #2 performance was overall very good! For a number of you, there was a significant improvement over your Test #1 performance (the class average increased almost 20 points). What we want to know now is: how’d you do it??

  • If you were one of the people who saw an improvement in your performance, describe in a paragraph in the comments on this post what you did differently between Test #1 and Test #2 to see this improvement. Be as detailed and specific as you can be.
  • If you are someone who did well on both tests, then whatever you are doing is working for you. In a paragraph in the comments on this post, describe in detail what you did to prepare for each test. Did you change anything between Test #1 and Test #2? Be as detailed and specific as you can be.
  • If you are someone who wants to improve for Test #3, describe in a paragraph in the comments on this post what you did to prepare for Test #1 and Test #2 and how you plan to prepare differently for Test #3 next week.

Why are we doing this? As mentioned a number of times, your group is one of the hardest-working groups I have encountered at CityTech and your hard work is evident in your performance on tests and on projects. A lot of the time, that hard work is invisible to your classmates, but it’s important for everyone to share what works for them, so that other people can see that hard work too.

I plan to use your responses when I teach this class again, so please be as detailed as you can be so that you can help future students succeed!

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