War & Peace - Spring 2017
The questionnaire item "Being able to set up the problem / Translating
word problems into quantitative reasoning terms" easily received the highest
score (4.3 out of 5), and I think is related to part of the wording of
another item "Guidance in solving problems".
There were two occasions when I thought that I had laid out the logic
to guide you in setting up the problem
In the fall, assignment
2, I started with a non nuclear example which I thought would lead
you to the solutions of the assignment questions. True, the lead example
talked about widgets and boxes, whereas the questions were about energy
and reactions, but the reasoning is identical. Nevertheless this assignment
took a long time in class, even with in class help from me.
In the last assignment of the spring, the last question asked about the
number of astronauts which would be expected to die from chronic radiation
exposure on a trip to Mars. We had just done two almost identical problems
on the board, and I had deliberately left the solution to the second on
the board whilst you answered the assignment.
Do you have a suggestion of what else I could do to help you set up
Can you give any insight as to why the lead example of the fall assignment
2 didn't give you the clue to answer the assignment?