Posted by Adam Shrey on April 05, 2001 at 19:25:06:
In Reply to: Questions on latest homework answers posted by M. Heffner on April 04, 2001 at 17:58:03:
having ambiguous questions is nothing new or uncommon in the cs department. There are few students out there that don't feel that they have been "cheated" or "screwed" at least once by a test or quiz question that was probably worded improperly, or a project spec that "hinted" at what the graders were looking for. So we all lose a few points here and there. It evens out. That's why they rotate the TA's. So it evens out. Some TA's are complete nazi's when it comes to comments and little things, while others are a bit more lax. It may suck to have to deal with losing points on something that was worded crappy, but the fact that you picked an answer by knowing what you were doing rather than just closing your eyes and swirling a pencil (my favorite approach to physics tests :) ) shows that you are actually learning something.
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