Guidelines for Solutions to Problem Sets
Math 202 Cryptography, Fall 2018

One of the central goals of the course is that you improve your ability to communicate mathematics clearly, both in writing and verbally. Learning to write precise and complete mathematical arguments is a challenging endeavor and may be somewhat different from your experiences in previous math courses. However, the process will not only aid your mathematical development but can also greatly improve your clarity of thought in other disciplines as well.

Each Problem Set will (usually) consist of two types of problems:

Evaluation of Problem Sets

You should always have a target audience in mind whenever you write. Here is a good rule of thumb to follow for your Problem Sets:

Write your solutions so that you could hand them to a student who previously took Cryptography and she would be persuaded that your solution is correct and that your conclusions are believable.

There are three types of errors that frequently occur:

Each Focus Problem will be graded on a scale of 0-7 with the following criteria:

Format for the Write-ups

I have high expectations for the organization and presentation of your Problem Sets. I am not being unnecessarily annoying about this. Learning to carefully organize your thoughts and clearly communicate them is one of the most important skills you will learn in college.

Additional Guidelines for Working in Groups

Remember that the purpose of all of the assignments and activities in the course is to help you learn Cryptography and develop as a mathematician!