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problem_sets_instructions - Problem Sets in Theory and...

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Problem Sets in Theory and Practice The primary purpose of problem sets is to enable students to learn the course material. In the physical sciences, the best way to learn is by doing problems. The reason problem sets are often a major part of the grading scheme is not to evaluate student mastery of the material (that's more appropriately done with exams), but rather to ensure that students actually do the work required to learn. Learning the material goes beyond just learning how to do specific kinds of calculations, and includes the ability to use the material in creative ways. For this reason, good problem sets (and exams) often include applications of the course material to situations not specifically covered in this lectures. In ASTR 160, we are concerned both with understanding the specific scientific issues, and with understanding in general terms how science is done, so the problem sets have a mixture of specific problems, and commentary on scientific issues. But the goal in both cases is the same - to ensure that students think about
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course BENG 100 taught by Professor Marksaltzman during the Spring '08 term at Yale.

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