Michelle W.

asked • 03/11/14

Multi step equations and inequalities

a group  produced 8 plays over the last 2 years. Their goal is to prodce 11/2 times as many as in the previous 2 years. How many plays do they want to produce?

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Philip P. answered • 03/11/14

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Philip P.

Yeah, I wasn't too sure either.  The student should check to see which value it is.
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Michael S.

I think you're right.
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Michael S. answered • 03/11/14

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Philip P.

Sorry for the dueling answer, Michael.  We posted in parallel.  It's sometimes better to let the student finish some of the work, at least IMHO.  :-)
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Michael S.

ah, sorry that was my first time commenting. I just figured it being under "answers"... ;)
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Philip P.

Well there are two schools of thought on the topic.  Some of us think the student should do some of the work and we shouldn't "do their homework" for them.  Others think the student benefits from seeing the whole problem solved.  Personally, I try to set it up and explain the steps, then leave it to the student to finish.  But there are no rules about it, just opinions.  Welcome!
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Kay G.

Michael, if you'll look at the little link to "academic integrity" it says this to the students:
"For example, feel free to ask questions that will help you answer a homework question on your own, but please refrain from asking the exact question from an assignment in order to turn in the tutor's answer as your own" (emphasis mine)
 
If the students actually did it this way, then directly answering their question would be OK.  But most of the time the students aren't following this rule.  So calling it "Answers" was meant under that context.  And it certainly appears to me to be a rule, yes.
 
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Michael S.

I agree it's more in the student's interest. I'm sorry, I viewed it more as an example they could further use. I'll be more "prompting" in the future. I apologize.
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