Weekly problem sets to reinforce the concepts from the reading as well as the material that we address in class. You’re encouraged to work on the problem sets with fellow students, though you’ll both need to turn in your own work. Problem sets are due every Monday at the beginning of class.

Problem set guidelines:

  1. Remove all paper fringes and staple all pages
  2. Problem set number, date, and name should be clearly stated
  3. Write or type out all work and calculations for computational questions and provide clear explanations for yes/no questions
  4. Problem sets should be neat and easy to read (i.e. not your scratch work)

Problem sets are practice. You should take advantage of the opportunity to practice not only what you’ve learned in class, but how to convey it in a direct and meaningful way. A good problem set will not only have the correct answers, it will be presented in a clean and easily understood way. I encourage you to strive for this, as it will pay off here at Reed and beyond.

PS1: Please work through problems 1, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 19, and 22 in the Exercises at the end of Chapter 1 (the first one is labeled 1.1 on page 43).

PS2: Please work through problems 24, 26, 33, 36, 37, 40, 47, and 50 in the Exercises at the end of Chapter 1.

PS3: Please work exercises found here. (Due Weds)

PS4: Please work through problems 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10 in the Exercises at the end of Chapter 2.

PS5: Please work through problems 13, 16, 18, 20, 29, 37, 38, 39, and 40 in the Exercises at the end of Chapter 2.

PS6: Over break, catch up with the news and answer the following questions.

  1. If you are a scientist that aches to be written up in the newspapers, how might you conduct your analysis to maximize your chances?
  2. As a consumer of media, how might you adjust your interpretation of “new study finds . . “ articles in light of this reading?

Also, please work through problems 1, 12, 20, 28, 30, 35, 37, and 39 in the Exercises at the end of Chapter 3.

PS7: Please work through problem 42 at the end of Chapter 3 and problems 5, 10, 14, 30, and 35 in the Exercises at the end of Chapter 4.

PS8: Please work through problems 5, 6, 9, 17, 21, 23, 30, 31, and 33 in the Exercises at the end of Chapter 5. These exercises will be due Wednesday, April 12th, in class.

PS9: Please work through problems 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, and 11 in the Exercises at the end of Chapter 6. (Due Wednesday)

PS10: Please work through problems 13, 14, 15 in the Exercises at the end of Chapter 6. Due Wednesday.