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MATH 191, Sections 1 and 3 Calculus I Fall 2007 Assessing the Quality of Math Writing: The Four Cs So you’ve got to write a math paper? As such, as a very reasonable question is what makes a math paper good ? It might help you as you’re writing to keep an eye on four factors: Correctness, Completeness, Clarity, and Composition. When assessing the quality of the writing you produce for this class, I will focus on each of these factors equally, and grades for your work will be assigned accordingly, with equal weight placed on each. Thus, it’s worth our time in examining each factor more carefully, indicating what an A-level paper might look like, or a B-level paper, and so on. Before doing so, however, I should note that all four of these factors are important considerations in writing of any kind, so they’re good things to keep in mind as you begin writing projects in courses other than ours. Correctness. This is the factor you’re likely most familiar with in math classes: many students ask, “does it matter how I did it, if I ended up with the right answer?” Finding the right answer is crucial, and it’s important to be sure you never write anything wrong. Thus everything you write should be correct: are your equations right? Do your formulas say what you claim that they say? Have you made sure your proofs are free of mathematical and logical errors? A-level writing will be totally free of factual and logical errors, aside from a minor arith- metical or algebraic mistake every now and then. B-level writing will be mostly free of factual and logical errors, though minor computational errors may occur more regularly than in A-level work, and there may be one or two minor logical mistakes arising through sloppiness. C-level writing
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course MATH 191 taught by Professor Bahls during the Fall '07 term at UNC Asheville.

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