In the previous post, I discussed the importance of mathematical writing. Here are some general guidelines that you should stick when writing up your homework in this course:
- Adhere to standard rules of grammar and punctuation.
- Be neat. You do not need to type your homework. But write neatly and clearly. Turn in the problems in the assigned order and one problem to a page.
- Figure out what you want to write before you write it. Write a rough draft or an outline and then write up the assignment.
- Break each proof into paragraphs each of which has a limited number of ideas (preferably just one idea, though that is not always possible).
- Do not start a sentence with a symbol.
- Define non-standard symbols before you use them.
- Use words to explain an idea or a computation if doing so is clearer or easier than using symbols.
- And remember equal means equal!