Math 14

Vector Valued Calculus

Honors Section

WeBWorK homework and information



General Information


Written Homework



Login Page for WeBWorK

Student FAQ for WeBWorK

Functions available for use in WeBWorK




General Information about WeBWorK

(adapted from the University of Rochester WeBWorK web page )

I. What is WeBWorK ?

WeBWorK is a system that allows students to do their homework in an interactive web-based environment.

Using WeBWorK, students may try to answer homework problems more than once. After each try, a message appears telling the student whether the answer is correct or not. This provides immediate feedback to the students, allows them to discover what they did wrong, and hopefully alows them to understand the topic of the question better.

Each WeBWorK problem set is individualized. Each student has a different version of a problem generated from a fixed template; for example the numerical values in the formulas may be slightly different).


II. How anybody can try out WeBWorK

Anyone with an internet connection can try out WeBWorK by following the directions in Part III below. Use practice1 as the login name and practice1 again as the password. To see different problems, you can login as practice2, practice3, or practice4 and use the login name for the password.

III. How to use WeBWorK to do your homework

Using WeBWorK is quite simple.
Below are the basic steps on how to get started.

NOTE: Most pages of WeBWorK also contain directions. Therefore, if you are ever unsure of what you should do, try reading the directions and descriptions on the page at which you are looking.

1.     You can use any computer with a browser like Netscape or MSIE. In general, it is not possible to use a text-based browser like lynx since most of the mathematics is rendered using a graphic format.

  1. Open Netscape and go to the main WeBWorK page, address
  2. This will get you to the main page of your course. This page includes necessary information about logging in.
    To log in, click on the 'Login' button.
  3. This will take you to a login page. Enter your login name and password, and click on the 'Continue' button.
    Your login name is the usually just your last name, followed possibly by a digit for people in the class with the same last name (e.g. smith, smith2, ...)). Possible exceptions include compound last name like "den Hartog" or "De La Huerta" which would be rendered Hartog and Huerta respectively.
    Your initial password is (unless you gave me something else) your six-character student ID ``number''.
  4. If your login is incorrect, you will be told so, and you can return to the login page and try again.
  5. If you are registered for the course, you should receive and email from your instructor confirming your login and password.
    If your login is correct you will see a page where you can do following:


7.     If you are printing out a problem set or looking at a summary of your homework scores, you are done. If you are viewing a problem set via Netscape, you will see a page with the problems in the set you chose. To view and/or answer a problem, click on the number of the problem and click on the 'Get Problem' button. Notice that there are four modes of viewing the problem: 'text', 'formatted-text' and 'typeset', adn typeset2. It is best to view the problem using 'typeset2' mode, which should be the default. Once you choose a problem and click on the 'Get Problem' button, you will see the text of the problem with boxes for your answers. Enter your answers and click on the 'Submit Answer' button. If you are working on a problem set that is already closed, you will have the option to see the correct answer or a solution if one is available (currently only a few problems have solutions available). To see the correct answer and/or solution, just check the box(es) and click on the 'Submit Answer' button (you do not have to enter an answer to see the correct answer or solution). Once you have submitted an answer, you will be told whether your answer is correct or not. If not, you can try again. After you've tried a problem, you can either go to the next problem, the previous problem, or see the list of the problems again.

8.     If you want to check the status of your problems (e.g. to double check that your answers have been recorded), use the "Prob. List" button at the top of the page to see the problem list page.

9.     When you are finished, log out using the "Logout" button at the bottom of the page.

10.                        That's all, folks!


IV. Important facts to know