Design a Test Problem
Extra Credit Assignment
You can earn extra credit by designing test problems of your own.
Each problem will be worth up to 10 points added to your "test" total.
The Assignment: Design or invent a problem suitable for
use on a test or extended homework assignment for this class. The
problem must test the concepts used in the class and be at a suitable
The problem must not be a mere rehash of a homework or test problem previously
assigned. Try to come up with something that is "different". You might try to:
BE CREATIVE and have fun.
- Combine skills and routines in an unusual way.
- Design a problem around an unconventional application.
- Relate material from this class to that in your other classes.
- Apply class material to a personal interest
Each submission must include three separate parts.
All three parts must be submitted. If ANY PART is missing, NO credit will be
- One clear copy of the problem suitable for distribution to the class.
- A fully worked out solution of your problem. Include all relevant
formulas, data, and explanations.
- An explanation of what makes the problem suitable for a test in this
class. This should answer questions like:
- What skills does the problem require?
- What knowledge does it evaluate?
- What type(s) of analysis does it require?
- Does it require a creative ("design") solution or a more routine
- Where in the course would your problem be appropriate (what concepts
must be understood to solve it)?
Grading: Grading on this assignment will be very subjective. Best scores
typically go to problems that I enjoy reading and those that are unique.
Problems need to hold together -- hand waving hurts.
Really good problems have been known to show up on future exams ...
13 Feb 2003 by RMP