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Tom Henderson

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Henderson's Incomplete List of Frequently-Used Abbreviations

An Explanation of Comments Made on Graded Work



Answer the Question: Everything here is true. However, it has nothing to do with the question. A helpful suggestion: After writing your answer, reread the question and the answer. Then ask yourself: Does what I have written pertain to the question?


Bad Grammar: Recheck your writing. To me it ain't soundin very good this sentence.


Be Specific: When making an explanation, be specific. Avoid "beating around the bush".


Calculation Error: The set-up of this problem looks perfect. Check the calculations.


Conversion Factor: Use (and show) a conversion factor for this calculation. In your conversion factor, include units in both the numerator and denominator.


Complete Sentences: Cannot understand. Difficult to read. Points off. Mad! Thoughts not comprehensible. Stop. Too early. It is difficult to understand incomplete sentences.


Draw Arrows: All rays and all vectors should have arrows to indicate their direction.


Draw Diagram: A well-drawn diagram might help you here. Its certainly worth a few points.


Did I Tell You What I Did After School Yesterday: Soon you will learn the meaning of this deep mysterious riddle; but please do not let me have to repeat it too often.


Don't Use "it": It helps to understand it when doing it if it done such that it does not encompass the word "it". When writing an explanation, avoid the use of the word "it".


Excused: Your paper was late. Because of an excused absence, there is no penalty.


Follow Directions: Before all esle fails, follow directions.


Gross Algebra: In the process of solving this problem, you made an algebraic error. If this is a frequent problem, you may want to consult a specialist.


Gross Human Error: Oops! Your measurements and results are extremely inaccurate. If this happens frequently, you ought to avoid the bridge-building profession.


Human Error: Your lab results are significantly in error from the expected outcome. Remember to always measure carefully. Repeating the procedure might also help.


Inconsistent Conclusion: The conclusion which you have drawn is not consistent with the data which you have collected. If this happens frequently, you might consider politics as a profession.


Incomplete: Your work is incomplete. Perhaps you have not answered all parts of the question or you have not completed every assigned problem.


Label Axes: When constructing a graph, be sure to label each axes and to include units of measurement. Using the Graphical Analysis program, this can be done in the data table.


Late: Your work was submitted after the deadline and without excuse. My policy is to assess a penalty of at least 30% the point value of the assignment. Review the "Policy on Late Work."


Like Really Excellent: WOW! This is better than excellent. Awesome!


Like The Pink Rabbit: Remember the Everyready commericial when the pink rabbit begins walking across the screen beating that stupid drum like this sentence it keeps running on and on and on... . Try a period and start a new sentence. Avoid run-on sentences!


Math Error: Everything looks good in this problem, except for a small math error.


More Explanation: Your answer to this question needs more explanation. As written, it is not convincing that you understand the answer. Write more, and thus be convincing.


Not Clear: Your explanation is not clear. Either I cannot read it because of poor handwriting or the grammar is so bad that it is difficult to know what you are trying to communicate.


Neat Job: Your work is very neat, legible, and well organized. Keep it up!


Perfect: This is perfect. I have reviewed it and not found a single error. Hurray!


Print Statistics: When printing a graph with the Graphical Analysis program, be sure to include the statistics. This is possibly the most important aspect of the graph.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Explanation: Write more. Specifically. Missing steps.


Piece of Cake: You make this seem easy. I think you've caught on. Way to go!


Please Show Your Work: When doing a calculation, always show your work.


Resubmit for Credit: Correct, complete, and resubmit this assignment. Staple this assignment to your revised version and receive more credit. Is it a deal???


You are not in trouble. But for some reason, I need to talk to you. I might want to remind you of a test to retake. I might have something to say about this paper. I might have some money to give away. Whatever the case, please see me after class with this paper in your hand.


Spelling: Oops! Yu speled sumthin ronge.


Substitute Variables: When determining the relationship between two variables, use the plotted line to form an equation. Then substitute the appropriate variables in for x and y.


Units: All numbers (with few exceptions) have units to accompany them. Learn to include units on your answer. Avoid "naked numbers." Failure to do so could be costly.


Very Good: Way to go!


Writing Under Intoxication: Same as NC.



Survival Packet Contents:

[ Cover Page | Course Description | Grading Policy | Policy on Late Work and Makeup Work | The Be Attitudes | Problem Solving Tips | Graphical Analysis of Data | Henderson's Incomplete List of Frequently Used Abbreviations ]



E-mail: Tom Henderson || Last update: 8/22/2005