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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 ...
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Bite-sizing homework

Well, meta posts about "homework" keep on coming, but we still don't seem to have a solution that sticks, so I'll give it another shot. For what it's worth I think the current system isn't so bad that ...
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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. ...
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Why don't we just ban homework altogether?

This site gets a lot of low-quality homework questions. Since I ignored the homework tag a few months ago, my experience of the site has been much more pleasant. The current homework policy is nice, ...
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Should we rename the homework policy?

The homework policy is a constant source of confusion for new (and sometimes established) users. We see this confusion, for example, when users respond to closures based on the homework policy by ...
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Banning homework: vote and documentation

It was proposed recently on meta that, as part of a broader programme of increasing the site quality, we ban homework questions altogether. This proposal seems to have really quite strong support. On ...
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Generalizing the homework policy

In our last chat session two weeks ago (sorry for the delay), we had a discussion about updating the homework policy and homework close reason. I'm making this post to summarize that discussion and ...
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Replacing the homework policy 1: what existing questions should be on/off topic?

TL;DR: post examples of current questions which are edge cases for the new policy, look through the list, and vote answers UP if you think they should be ON TOPIC vote answers DOWN if you think they ...
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What can be done about the (current) ongoing flood of homework and very basic questions overwhelming our site?

Since quite some time, the amount of new incoming higher level questions is decaying and the number of very basic ones is increasing, but the current inflood of bad homeworks (the good ones I ...
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Graduate and above level questions aren't homework

I know, I know, it's yet another Meta post about our homework policy. Feel free to downvote and write abusive comments if you're heartily sick of posts about the homework policy. If you're still with ...
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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 ...
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Replacing the homework policy 1b: what is our scope anyway?

Abstract: Analyzing the data from the last replace-the-homework-policy question was inconclusive. So back to the drawing board, or really back to our starting point: what kinds of questions do we ...
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What are good examples of narrowing a homework question down to a conceptual question?

It is obvious that Physics SE community aren't here to solve specific physics problems. Homework policy, however, states that a question can be narrowed down to a conceptual question. To reinforce ...
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Homework - the view from the chat session

During yesterday's Physics Chat we had an, erm, lively discussion about the evergreen subject of homework questions, and I think we reached as near a consensus as a motley crew of physics nerds is ...
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Can we please stop applying the homework tag (and policy) to very advanced questions?

This question is inspired by Colin McFauls very reasonable classification of questions tagged as homework due to the very broad notion of the term "homework-like" currently applied at Physics SE, ...
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What's the current status of the homework policy?

Related: Why don't we just ban homework altogether? Banning homework: vote and documentation We're having some more recent discussions on the homework tag. A month ago, there was a ...
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A week of community closing: what should be disallowed homework?

In this answer it was suggested that it might be good for moderators to refrain from unilaterally closing homework (or homework-like) questions for a while, so that we can get a better sense of what ...
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Should we get rid of the homework tag?

Some other sites in the SE network have recently been moving toward eliminating the homework tag. I think this would be useful for us to consider as well, particularly in light of questions like this ...
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Why can't the Homework policy be more lenient?

Sometimes very tricky problems that require quite a bit of ingenuity are removed simply because they're exercises in physics/maths. Well, what is the fundamental difference asking about a specific '...
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About the proposal to ban homework

This question arose out of a time with a lot of discussion on meta about how this site could be improved; it was proposed that we ban homework and this question explored how that would look like and ...
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Users that post every question in their homework/exams

Everybody who's been here for a while knows that the homework policy is not as advertised. If the exercise is sufficiently interesting, and the OP is sufficiently polite, the question often stays ...
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Examples of good homework questions

I want to start this meta question as place where people can put links to well asked homework-like questions. The point is that if not so good questions are asked then we will have a meta question ...
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Physics SE should emphasis on problem solving

I observed math SE is more active than physics SE. They don't close problems. I think Physics SE should encourage problem solving. Moderator should not close homework problem. This will help community ...
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Should we rename the homework tag as "problem-solving", or such?

The "homework" tag is often controversial among new users who complain that their question isn't from a homework assignment (so they get offended, so edit wars happen, and posts get blocked -- e.g., ...
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Does banning homework do long-term harm for only short-term gain?

When I first saw Why don't we just ban homework altogether? my initial reaction was "hell yeah!". As I've thought about the issue more though, I wonder if banning homework will do Physics.SE more ...
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Answering "Homework-Like" Questions With Hints

It occurred to me today that I don't know what a good approach is for providing hints to homework-like questions. I cannot find any clear policy on how this should work. The example that brought it ...
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How can we improve participation on Physics.SE?

A lot of members have recently noticed a drop in the net question quality on this site. Many of us feel that this is fixable, so I'm trying to take steps in that direction. Roughly, what we need to ...
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What does "temporarily deleted" mean?

I can't find in the help, or by googling, the meaning of "temporarily deleting" from a comment I'm temporarily deleting this in accordance with our homework policy. Please don't post complete ...
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Should we change homework policy of physics.SE?

All possible sites given by this answer are very disappointing in dealing with question & answer and the Physics.SE is by far the best (with respect to design and with respect to active users ) so ...
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Why are homework related questions accepted on maths SE more than here?

I have noticed a tremendous wealth of 'homework' style questions on maths SE ranging from simple concepts such as finding variance in some context or very difficult but solvable integrals. All these ...
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Towards a canonical homework question

Note that the site's current policy on homework questions is found at How do I ask homework questions on Physics Stack Exchange? which will always have the current version of the policy. Many ...
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Why is this question not considered an off-topic homework problem?

This question currently has a bounty on it and is receiving a lot of attention. But to me it looks like a question that is normally closed for being off-topic. The question reads like a homework ...
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How should we deal with academic dishonesty?

Finals are going on for many, and we've had quite a few instances where a student posts a question from a take-home final exam (or something similar). How ought we deal with this? Should we close ...
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redirecting off-topic homework-and-exercises questions to appropriate sites

Proposal When homework-and-exercises questions are voted off topic and put on hold then the OP should be directed to the Meta Question which offers a choice of alternative sites. To put this ...
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Yet another "What level?" question. This time for physics 101 homework.

Consider "help with coefficient of friction". A basic physics 101 question, and a one-and-a-half step variety at that. As questions-that-students-have go there is nothing unusual about it, but there ...
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(How) do we make it explicit that "please check my work"-type questions are off-topic?

This is an outgrowth of the discussion in chat, following this earlier question by Daniel Sank. I think we, as a community, agree (for the most part) that "please check my work"-type questions are ...
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Should we re-word the homework-like close reason to better match how we actually deal with homework-like questions?

After an extended debate that lasted several years, our community seems to have settled into a pretty consistent treatment of homework-like questions. When such a question is closed, a banner appears ...
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What is the meaning of **effort** that Phys.SE wants in homework questions?

Always do I have seen most of the homework tagged questions are hold, with a close reason to show minimal effort. I thought Phys.SE wanted the asker to show his attempt. But recently, I got amazed ...
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Let's get things rolling again with the homework policy

Okay, so the last time we had a focused discussion of the homework policy was August 2016. Blech. So, let's start thinking about this again. And before you collectively groan, this first post isn't ...
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Add "is your question on-topic" page for new users?

I was looking around on the mother meta, and I saw this interesting post. The second answer mentions this page on stack overflow for new users, where they must check the box at the bottom to confirm ...
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Just to be clear, we do support the homework tag, right?

I stumbled across this recent meta question on the computational science site. What struck me was one of the community associates pretty much declaring that the homework tag should be abolished, since ...
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Has my question been put on hold because it seemed like "a check my work" question?

My question was re-opened but has been put on hold again by some members of this website. Is it due to the fact that I had posted free-body diagrams which made the question seem like a "check my ...
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I need to know if I can ask some homework problems on here?

This is my first post. I need to know if I can ask some homework problems on here? Not full problems but after I provide my attempt at the problem.
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Revisiting the creation of a new site: Physics Learners

There has been a lot of discussion in the past in regard to this. And a page Physics homework questions on Area51. On that page you will find a suggestion, to change the name of the site to Physics ...
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Thoughts on meta post on homework question handling and basic questions

I spend most of my time on the TeX.SE and venture to other SE sites when looking for help. However, the atmosphere here seems to be going the way of the "old" stackoverflow SE. By old, I mean about ...
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Homework questions, on hold

As a newcomer, I'd like to give you my contribution to improve this wonderful site. In general, homework help is the gold mine of such sites, you do not shows statistics, but the sites that do that ...
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What does this community mean by students?

So the title says all. What is the meaning of a student of Physics as per this community? I ask this because there are students at many levels: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders, undergraduates, ...
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Why was my answer deleted?

My answer here was recently deleted. https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/148332/by-what-force-does-a-man-attract-earth/148336?noredirect=1#comment309273_148336 I never encountered such ...
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Homework questions as a knowledge resource

I'd like to point on the idea of question as a knowledge resource. It has come to my knowledge that understanding a subject, especially Physics, requires experience with as many questions as possible....
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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 ...
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