M 311 Spring 2004
HOMEWORK SUMMARY REPORT
Chapter number: 8
Section number: 2
Exercise number: 16
Number of papers received: 4
Reviewing committee: Kappa
List all participating committee members:
Brian Young, Scott McClelland
Author(s) of paper(s) chosen for publication: K Nicole Clark
Comments: Only two of the four papers had a correct solution. One paper
had a simple sign error, while the other attempted to use THeorem P and
forgot to include the determinate of the whole matrix as part of the
sequence. While both of the correct papers were clear in their method,
the one selected was better organized, easier to read, and more concise.
The paper with the sign error was similarly easy to read, etc, but was of
course, incorrect.
INSTRUCTOR'S COMMENT: "Theorem P" is the best way to solve this problem,
since finding the actual values of the eigenvalues is hard in this case.
Unfortunately, the only person who tried that method did it wrong, as
noted by the reviewers. (By the way, I wish you would all learn how to
spell "determinant".)