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Re: [vox] code sleuths needed - cheating suspected
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Re: [vox] code sleuths needed - cheating suspected

actually, there are no exams in this class.  it's pass/fail and
dependent completely on the homeworks.

as for understanding ... it's hard to say.  often physicists use
algorithms without really understanding them.  even i'm guilty of using
the jacobi algorithm for diagonalizing matrices and not knowing the
details of the algorithm (although i have a "big picture" understanding
of it).

btw, it came out that the code *was* passed from one student to the
other.  i got a confession from the giver.   but the giver of the code
gave it to help understanding, and didn't intend for it be copied.

i'm meeting with the taker in a couple of hours.  i'm curious if the
student will stick to "i didn't copy the code" when i tell the student
that i know that a copy of the program exchanged hands.

you know, i don't even mind people sharing code.  if it's used to help
understanding.  maybe that's too much of a temptation.  maybe i
should mind it.


begin Rod Roark <rod@sunsetsystems.com> 
> I tend to agree with this.  Also the main purpose of doing 
> homework is (or should be) to learn.  If a student copies 
> someone else's work, they are mostly cheating themselves 
> and will not do very well at exam time.
> Here's a question to ask: "Wouldn't you rather understand 
> this than fool me into thinking you understand it?".
> -- Rod
>    http://www.sunsetsystems.com/
> On Wednesday 13 November 2002 01:01 pm, John McDonnell wrote:
> > It would appear that on Wed, 13 Nov 2002, Peter Jay Salzman did say:
> > > i just don't want to give credit for the homework if it was copied.
> >
> > IMHO, the point of the exercise would be to see if the students understood
> > the task set to them. Confront the student you suspect of being less than
> > honest and ask 'em to walk you through the code. If they understand what's
> > going on and can lead you through it, no problem, they understand the
> > code. If they can't, they obviously don't get the concept and may need
> > more help, or else may need to listen more ;)
> >
> > johnmc.
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