I have already two questions on-hold and closed because they were considered as homework questions.

I think these people are exaggerating. Who told these people that my questions were about homework questions?

In addition, resolving homework questions leave doubts and often misunderstandings. Therefore if a person does a general question it should be accepted.

Furthermore, why can't this Questions and Answers site be like Mathematics? There is ton of homework questions and they are not taken unacceptable.

Are there misunderstandings? I would want to know what were my mistakes in my questions so I can do better questions that will be more on-topic.

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    $\begingroup$ Have you actually read the homework policy the close reason links to? If yes, what about that is unclear to you? $\endgroup$ – ACuriousMind Mar 14 '16 at 21:31
  • $\begingroup$ You're much more likely to get an honest attempt to help you improve your questions (ie. the last paragraph) if you remove the seemingly-angry rant from the middle. The people you think are exaggerating are also the ones who would be on the Meta site to help users understand and work within the policies. But as ACuriousMind said -- if you read the policy, you'll see that "homework" encompasses more than questions literally assigned by an instructor for a grade. $\endgroup$ – tpg2114 Mar 14 '16 at 21:36
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    $\begingroup$ @tpg2114 I did and showed my effort and it wasn't a question about a real specific problem. I actually think I did the best I can. $\endgroup$ – Pichi Wuana Mar 14 '16 at 21:38
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    $\begingroup$ @PichiWuana I didn't look at the questions so I'm not making any statements about that. I'm just giving you some friendly advice -- the people who vote to close things are also the ones who do the majority of things here on Meta, so keeping a friendly and respectful tone (even if you don't genuinely feel that way) will get a lot more positive feedback. $\endgroup$ – tpg2114 Mar 14 '16 at 21:41
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    $\begingroup$ @ACuriousMind I would want to be clear why was my question put on-hold $\endgroup$ – Pichi Wuana Mar 14 '16 at 21:43
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    $\begingroup$ For that one, I voted unclear what you're asking because you don't say why you see any connection between conservation of energy and conservation of momentum and because it's unclear from what you want to "prove" conservation of energy. If you're not given the information that a collision conserves energy, it won't, in general. $\endgroup$ – ACuriousMind Mar 14 '16 at 21:53
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    $\begingroup$ "Why can't this Questions and Answers site be like Mathematics? There is ton of homework questions and they are not taken unacceptable." - It can; simply convince all of those that volunteer their time here to answer questions that they'll enjoy answering the same homework like questions over and over and over and over again and that it is such a good use of their time that they'll vote to change the site's homework policy. $\endgroup$ – Alfred Centauri Mar 15 '16 at 2:51
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    $\begingroup$ Math SE has turned into a garbage of HW, lately. $\endgroup$ – user36790 Mar 15 '16 at 5:00

The closure of the two questions you link does seem a bit unkind and I've voted to reopen them, though I note that both got good answers before they were closed.

Just at the moment we are experiencing a flood of homework, poorly written and just plain lazy questions, and I suspect we are getting a little trigger happy with the close button.


Questions that ask How do I prove... or How do I calculate..., as is the case for both of yours, will almost always get flagged for closure because it's a homework-like question, defined on this site as,

any question whose value lies in helping you understand the method by which the question can be solved, rather than getting the answer itself. This includes not just questions from actual homework assignments, but also self-study problems, puzzles, etc.

Many of us spent several years in college and doctoral programs and we're really not interested in doing your work for you (as you can see as you peruse this Meta.Physics.SE list of questions tagged homework), but we are interested in answering questions about tough concepts & clearing up your misunderstandings. So to prevent closure, consider what specific physics concept you are having troubles with and ask about that.

  • $\begingroup$ +1.Well said. I'm damn tired explaining newbies we aren't Yahoo! : / $\endgroup$ – user36790 Mar 15 '16 at 10:59
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    $\begingroup$ My questions were most about misunderstandings that I would want to get cleared specially this one. I know I got answers but I would want to avoid closed and on-hold questions that I do. $\endgroup$ – Pichi Wuana Mar 15 '16 at 16:53
  • $\begingroup$ If your question was about misunderstanding, then you've done a bad job showing it because you asked (effectively) how to calculate it. A good, on topic question will not be asking for computations but for explanations about something. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Mar 15 '16 at 16:55
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    $\begingroup$ @KyleKanos The question I refered to in the last comment didn't. $\endgroup$ – Pichi Wuana Mar 15 '16 at 22:11
  • $\begingroup$ Yet your question asks, How do I prove this? $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Mar 15 '16 at 22:16

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