urgent help please

Larry Farrell farrlarr at isu.edu
Mon Jan 14 10:55:36 EST 2002

Victor Jagasits wrote:

> Dear "Mom"!
> It was not a homework, it is one of the many questions I supposed to have
> today on the exam. I worked out all the questions except this, because I
> couldn't find the solving in my books.
> I hope there are similar people on the internet like me, who helps other if
> they needs. I only asking on the net, especially in foreign language
> newsgroups, when I can't see any chance to solve the problem.
> But luckily there ARE people who helped me.
> Thanks for note,
> best regards
> Victor
> PS: I already have a few degrees(IT,Avionic electronics,Pilot License), and
> now I just began studying as Food engineer. It is a strange area for me,
> because last time I had biology lessons were in the 2nd class of secondary
> school, and I think it was quite long time ago...
> Sorry for mistakes.
> "JEDilworth" <bactitech at hortonsbay.com> az alábbiakat írta a következo
> üzenetben: news:3C421E0B.2BFD0497 at hortonsbay.com...
> > Apparently you either haven't gone to any lectures or lifted a finger to
> > study.  We're supposed to do this for you?  Get real.
> >
> > It's time to stop partying and open a book.  I have a 21 year old in
> > college, and I know whereof I speak.  Is this how you expect to get
> > ahead in the world - by having other people do your homework for you?
> >
> > Your mom (sorry, couldn't resist)
> >
> >
> > Victor Jagasits wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > I'd like to ask anyone who knows, that what are the differences between
> the
> > > amoeba, blue alga and "protozoa"s? What are protozoas exactly?
> > >

Before you get too far up on your high horse, please note that your situation
is *exactly* what most people would consider as "homework."  In one of your
classes, you were given a series of questions that might appear on an exam so
you could prepare for the exam (a practice with which I vehemently disagree
since it amounts to telling you exactly what you should study, implying that
everything else addressed in the course is unimportant).  Your assignment was
to go home and study those questions, working out from the information
presented in the course which information should be applied to answering the
questions.  I strongly endorse Judy Dilworth's position with regard to this
situation, and suggest that since you have absolutely no guarantee that
anything provided to you in an anonymous forum such as this is factual, you are
ill-advised to depend on such fora as sources of information to be used in
preparation for exams, particularly since you "couldn't find the solvings in
your books."

Larry D. Farrell, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology
Idaho State University

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