Skip to main content

Questions tagged [homework-and-exercises]

Applies to meta questions about "homework"-tagged questions on the main site.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2 votes
4 answers
408 views

Are partial answers to homework questions allowed?

I gave a partial answer to a homework questions here (now deleted; screenshots: question, answer) and was firmly told in comments that even partial answers to homework questions are not allowed. Is ...
6 votes
1 answer
277 views

What the Heck is going On in Physics SE?

I know that there are a good number of questions that come through that are clearly off topic, e.g., "here do my homework please..." However, as of late, questions are being rapidly closed ...
54 votes
15 answers
6k views

My question was closed on Phys.SE. Can you recommend me another Internet site where my question might be on-topic?

My question was closed1 on Phys.SE. Can you recommend me another Internet site where my question might be on-topic? Here we keep a list of other Internet sites that might help students2 of physics. ...
-10 votes
3 answers
165 views

Moderators close questions as "homework-like" excessively

Physics Stack Exchange moderators often close questions because they seem them as "homework-like", asserting that it fosters independent learning. However, this practice may inadvertently ...
1 vote
0 answers
89 views

What is the difference between homework-like questions/check-my-work questions and a normal question?

Yesterday, while I was trying to solve a Schrödinger equation with a specific type, I came across with this question. Then I thought that if I ask a similar question for a different potential and add ...
2 votes
0 answers
131 views

What is wrong with this question?

I ask you to reopen my question which has nothing to do with an alleged homework: A problem involving adiabatic expansion of ideal gas or at least explain what is wrong with it.
-3 votes
1 answer
193 views

Why are all questions given a tag homework and exercise and then closed?

Recently, I wrote a question (you can see here). Which doesn't involve finding the value of an expression, nor a difficult calculation. The first thing: This should not be considered a "homework ...
-2 votes
4 answers
249 views

Someone other than the OP adding "homework-and-exercises' tag to a question, and then the question gets closed as a homework-type-question?

On this question by Kashmiri, here, it was originally posted without the "homework-and-exercises" tag. And if you look at the question itself, nothing about it seems homework-type. Later the ...
13 votes
3 answers
354 views

Some doubts about the coherence between rules and practice

Observing the behavior of many community members about closing votes, I feel more and more doubtful about the coherence between the rules written in the help center and the practice. The last example ...
-9 votes
1 answer
138 views

Stop closing questions that are considered "homework type" [duplicate]

I recently posted a question What will be the final temperature in this case? Which contained information about a thermodynamical process and asked to calculate work done. The question was tagged &...
-2 votes
2 answers
163 views

Why do we still apply the homework policy even when there are many opposite opinions?

Every question marked as "homework-like" will be pointed to How Do I Ask Homework Questions on Physics Stack Exchange. There are a lot of opposite opinions under the highest answer. Why do ...
0 votes
5 answers
383 views

Allowing mathematical and homework questions on this site

I'm about to complete my four-year physics degree and want to write briefly on the topic of this site. I've spent a lot of time on the physics Stack Exchange site (not on this account) and believe, ...
24 votes
4 answers
416 views

Why is there a homework tag if the posts keep getting closed?

Almost every time I ask for a specific concept using an example in a book, my post keeps getting closed. I didn't want for an answer to the specific problem or get my answer checked, but only to ...
2 votes
1 answer
121 views

How can I make this closed question address the general problem with the computation?

I tried to ask a 'homework'-like question and I ran into a problem with the style of it because I have never seen a question like that. The general problem was that I didn't know how to express an ...
1 vote
1 answer
89 views

We shouldn't answer homework question directly, should we?

Taking the question as example, where someone solved the problem for the author whereas mine was related to hint (cause there's some steps left to think/solve). But -1 on my answer is for what? ...
-5 votes
2 answers
126 views

Why don't we allow check-my-work questions?

John Rennie's answer in the meta thread currently has ~3x the upvotes of ACuriousMind's accepted answer. This seems to indicate we should allow check-my-work questions. Why do we still consider these ...
8 votes
2 answers
118 views

I am not a student and my questions are not "homework". I am a hobbyist. Do I need to tag these as homework questions?

I solve physics problems from a textbook that I enjoy. However, I am not a student and my questions are not "homework". I am a hobbyist. Do I need to tag these as homework questions? (I was ...
2 votes
1 answer
90 views

Why was this question closed as a homework-like question?

I consider the question in this post to be a conceptual question. This is because OP didn't understand which time interval to calculate - the question wasn't about the calculation itself. ...
133 votes
3 answers
43k views

How do I ask homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange?

What is the policy on asking homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange? What kinds of questions are considered homework questions? Are homework questions allowed? What should I include in a ...
-10 votes
3 answers
110 views

Has it become time to change the homework policy?

I believe at this point the strict homework policy is reducing the ability of the site to grow. The initial idea of banning homework so that people don't use this site as course help has been long ...
2 votes
1 answer
79 views

Why was this answer deleted?

My answer to a question was deleted under homework policy. The question didn't seem like homework. It was a genuine doubt why the user was getting a wildly different answer than the solution.
1 vote
0 answers
81 views

Closed question of a problem with shown attempt...please help me!

Sorry, I have done a question here where I have presented a problem that I have solved. I know that usually the questions are closed without any suggestions or help by the user if a problem is ...
6 votes
1 answer
189 views

How could this question have been asked to avoid closure under the "homework-like question" policy?

I'm confused as to why the question Falling to Earth from orbit was closed as a "homework-like" question. I don't know whether the OP found our advice about asking homework(-like) questions ...
21 votes
4 answers
562 views

Should Physics enable a "triage" review queue for homework-like questions?

One of the differences between Physics.SE and Stack Overflow is that SO has at least one review queue which we don't have: Triage. From the 2014 announcement comes this description: We've been ...
12 votes
4 answers
624 views

Can we encourage the "research-level" meta tag? What about a "popular" tag?

I have been reading a bit of the meta discussion going on about the question quality here at the Physics StackExchange (SE). Especially in the wake of the demise of the TheoreticalPhysics SE, there ...
6 votes
1 answer
223 views

Guidelines for answering homework-like questions

I was looking for guidelines, but the best I could find is this. Is there a better statement somewhere? That was hard enough to find. Perhaps an entry could be put in the help to make it easier to ...
1 vote
2 answers
154 views

Can we reopen this mechanics question?

I saw this question yesterday. OP found a way to solve it using conservation of energy, and wants to investigate how the acceleration can be calculated using forces and torques. OP also posted their ...
13 votes
8 answers
1k views

Getting a better understanding of how and why off-topic homework-like questions get answered before they can be closed

Background This is a follow-up to What happened with the experiment to lower the vote-to-close threshold?. (See that thread, and the initial proposal here, for background.) The experiment is currently ...
9 votes
3 answers
335 views

Has the PSE philosophy about homework-style exercises and check-my-work problems changed since 2012?

The Community recycling algorithm recently brought this homework-style question asked in 2012 to the Top Questions list. It's interesting to me that It's clearly an elementary homework-style problem ...
2 votes
0 answers
69 views

Where should a user ask home-and-exercises questions? [duplicate]

Post Closed as "Not suitable for this site" by Brick, Bob D, John Rennie, BioPhysicist, Jon Custer The above message is shown for homework-and-exercises. The message is saying that "...
2 votes
1 answer
112 views

Why are there few answers on homework-and-exercise questions?

I actually asked a question with the homework-and-exercises tag. Then, I was searching some question with the tag. I had visited 50 pages. Most of the questions don't have answers. And, most of the ...
5 votes
1 answer
312 views

Textbook questions

There seems to be quite a lot of questions that demand for textbook answers. These are technically not homework questions - i.e., they are not asking for solutions to problems - but grounded in not ...
18 votes
4 answers
730 views

Bounty on "entrance exam" question

On the question Why is the center of a torch beam visible even through an opaque body like my finger?, the OP started a bounty stating I really need this material to answer my entrance examination ...
5 votes
1 answer
146 views

How to Answer homework-like questions?

Is it a bad way to hint at the solution and, ask them to do what they understood and edit the original question to include their steps, and then they follow it up pointing out the mistakes and ...
30 votes
1 answer
590 views

The $F=ma$ competition was February 18th, 2021

The $F=ma$ competition is the largest physics competition in the United States, and took place online the afternoon after this Meta question first appeared. It is a multiple choice exam with tricky ...
-7 votes
1 answer
90 views

Why was this circuits question closed?

See: Find the Thevenin's Voltage The question asker seems a little forward, but there is a deeper question he asks if you read his entire submission, an answer to which would be very typical of SE....
-2 votes
1 answer
79 views

What constitutes a 'near complete' solution?

My answer (posted below) was deleted from the following question: Calculating mass of unknown object using center of mass. The deleter's comment read, "I'm deleting this in accordance with our ...
-2 votes
2 answers
374 views

Deleting answers due to the Homework policy is not beneficial

The homework policy doesn't seems like a counter-productive policy on Stack Exchange. I understand Stack Exchange policing their questions, but policing removing answers to "homework like ...
-4 votes
1 answer
99 views

Reward closed question

I was thinking on add a reward to this question (not asked by me): Two blocks are placed side by side on a surface (friction is present). What is the frictional force distribution between two blocks? ...
13 votes
2 answers
728 views

Is "check-my-work" defined to be off-topic in the site's help? (Should it be?)

On a recent question, there was some discussion in the comments about "homework-like" and "check-my-work". With regard to the latter, the OP pointed out that "check-my-work&...
9 votes
1 answer
322 views

The homework close reason contradicts itself

The first two sentences of the Homework close reason are: Homework-like questions and check-my-work questions are considered off-topic here, particularly when asking about specific computations ...
4 votes
1 answer
75 views

Is this an homework or check-my-work type question?

I recently asked this question on Physics Stack Exchange. I wanted to know if this is an homework or check my work type question?
3 votes
0 answers
69 views

Is "here a problem and my solution with my reasoning for each step, where has my reasoning gone wrong?" question considered off-topic? [duplicate]

I specifically used the formulation in the title from here, the only place I found to deal with this. But I do not know, what to take from it. To elaborate: This question arose from comments on this ...
4 votes
0 answers
179 views

Are questions unlikely to be useful to others permitted?

I came to Math and Physics Stack Exchange with a "forum mindset" (partly inherited from Stack Overflow and partly from other math/physics fora), where any problem is welcome, excepting ...
6 votes
2 answers
358 views

Why was this answer deleted as a "complete answer to a homework question"?

I have posted this answer to this question, and it was deleted as a "complete answer". I don't think can be counted as a complete answer, as I left out all the mathematical details to the OP....
6 votes
6 answers
473 views

Why was my question about the Devil's problem deemed a homework question?

My recent question was manually removed from Hot Network Questions and later closed as a homework question, but it eludes me why. According to the FAQ on homework questions, the definition of ...
4 votes
2 answers
364 views

Bountied homework-like question about QED

Today I noticed this bountied question, which is currently a week old. In my opinion, it’s a homework-like question about QED. But no one has yet voted to close it as homework-like, nor has it been ...
33 votes
5 answers
2k views

Strict(er) adherence to homework guidelines?

Less a question and more of a heads-up. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, most higher education institutions (that I know of) are moving to online examination. Many of these examinations count towards ...
-9 votes
2 answers
123 views

Easing our policy for some topics

At Physics StackExchange, we discuss almost all types of physics topics. Some get more attention and some get less, but it depends upon various things, including our site policy. Our policy has been ...
3 votes
1 answer
395 views

Answer deleted for being full answer

Trying to figure out the potential energy of a hanging rope It is said that my answer was temporarily deleted. Now, I put a lot of effort into writing the answer and I'd like it restored, how should ...