Use this checklist as a guide while writing as this list will be used to grade your assignment.



  1. show evidence of correct understanding and contain correct mathematics? This is worth more.
  2. give a precise and well-organized explanation of how the solution was found?
  3. discuss the mathematics in your own words?
  4. define all variables, terminology, and notation used?
  5. use professional notation for each formula such as 131000 = 1000*(1 + rate) 100
  6. clearly explain each formula that was used, explain where it can be found, state the assumptions needed, and explain why it is appropriate to use in this case?
  7. clearly summarize and explain diagrams, tables, graphs, or other visual representations of the math? Whenever possible, summarize data in a graph, chart or picture. Incorporate the graphic into the main report right after the first time you mention it. Don't include graphs or charts that aren't referenced or explained in the text.
  8. give evidence of deep mathematical understanding of the problem(s) and solution(s)? This is worth more.
  9. give clear and (if possible) concise explanations?
  10. includes all the mathematics and discussions from lab along with the web reading updates and a comparison of the earnings and distribution of the funds with Ben Franklin's wishes?


  11. contain an introduction that introduces the major themes by summarizing what will be done in the paper, and a conclusion?
  12. contain reasonably lengthed paragraphs and sections with well defined themes? Break reports more than two pages long into sections, and begin each section by telling the reader what you will be presenting.
  13. use correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation? In Word, red underlined text means incorrect spelling.
  14. use modern English?
  15. written in your own words and not Dr. Sarah's nor the web reference words?
  16. address the appropriate audience who is educated but does not know the mathematics that we are using in this course? For example, think of yourself as a worker trying to explain his/her specialized work to an executive who is interested, educated, but clueless about what you do.
  17. have a consistent writing style throuought and flow smoothly when read out loud? Have someone else read it to you, or read it to someone else. This is worth more.
  18. show evidence that the mathematics and the history flow well together? This is worth more.
  19. look professional?
  20. contain graphs within the text (not as appendices)?
  21. contain professional-looking equations that flow well within the text?
  22. give acknowledgment to references where it is due?

    Self-Evaluation Checklist

  23. contain a completed self evaluation checklist?