Friday, February 10, 2006

Your Calculus Grading Questions Answered

Question: On the problem set, one of the questions gives a piecewise function defined in terms of arbitrary constants and asks if it is continuous. I wrote "yes" without showing any work. You only gave me two points out of five. Despite the fact that the problem set guidelines in the syllabus say "show all work and justify all answers," shouldn't I have received full credit for having the right answer?

Answer: Only if you want me to grade all your quizzes and exams so that right answers are worth full credit and anything else is worth 0.