PHYS 203

Guide to WebAssign

Spring 2010

Click here:   and login.

Username:  Your last name, period, and your first name (lower case). For example, Megan Miller would type miller.megan
Institution:  augustana
Password:  Your Augustana ID number (omit leading zeros).  After your are logged in you can change your password.

Click the Login button.

Upon logging in, you will be presented with a screen with your name at the top along with information about the course. You will also be directed to register for the course at the website. In order to register, you will need to purchase a WebAssign Student Access Code card from the bookstore in the College Center. This card will have an access code that you will need to complete your registration.  

The note about registering for the course will be followed by a list of Current Assignments. The summary of each assignment on the list will include

  • the name or title of the assignment,
  • a description of the assignment including the number of times answers can be submitted for a grade (usually 3), the submission that will be graded (usually the last one or most recent), and the score received on the most recent submission,
  • the due date and time which define the last moment that you can submit work on the assignment for grading.

To work on an assignment, click on the name of the assignment you wish to complete. You will receive the assignment - including a list of questions and boxes for inserting the answers.

General Comments:

  • Each problem will be worth 5 or10 points. The point value for each "sub-answer" in a problem will be shown in front of the appropriate "answer box".
  • In general, answers will be graded as correct if they are within 1% of the expected answer. This is why it is important to use at least 3 significant figures in your answers, and not round off until your final answer.
  • Numbers that appear in red in the statement of a problem have been randomized which means that each student will have a different version of the same problem.
  • All problems in these assignments are from the textbook.
  • You should work problems on paper as neatly as possible and keep a copy for future reference. This will also make it easier to find errors and correct them if you resubmit your work for grading.
  • Numerical answers may not contain commas, equal signs, or units. Expected units are already written next to the answer box. Answers may be submitted in several formats including fractions and scientific notation. For example, if the answer is "one over sixty-four", your response may be in any of the following forms: 1/64, 0.015625, 0.0156, .0156, 1.56e-2, or 1.56E-2.

When you have answered all the questions on an assignment and are ready to submit your work for grading, click the link Submit for grading at the bottom of the assignment. Note: To insure that your submission is recorded, wait for a reply from the server. Do not click more than once on the submit button, since this will result in the waste of one of your allowed submission attempts.

You will receive immediate feedback in the form of a grade and detailed marks, i.e., which responses are correct and which are wrong.

You may resubmit your answers, editing your most recent submission by changing just the wrong answers. Leave your correct answers as they have already been entered. When the editing process is complete, click on the Submit for grading button. Your grade for the assignment will be the grade received for the last submission of answers by the deadline.

If you decide to log off and resubmit your answers at a later time, you will see the answers from your last submission when you log on again and bring up the assignment. At this point, the editing process will be the same as that described in the preceding paragraph.