For various reasons, I recently bought a Algebra book as part of a self-directed refresher course. The book I chose is entitled “Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Concepts and Applications”. So far it has been a good purchase (I got a significant discount by purchasing it at a Borders store).
Just like many math textbooks, some of the answers are provided in the back. This is, in part, to help the student see if they are understanding the math by comparing their answers with the expected answers. However, it only provides the answers to the odd-numbered question, so that a student attending a school isn’t able to cheat on homework assignments. This isn’t a concern for me since I’m not attending a formal school right now and I’m acting as both the student and the “instructor”.
As a result, I went to find the complete list of answers for the textbook on the publisher’s web site and I found that, although it is available for download, it is a protected resource. Not really surprising – I wouldn’t want a student to be able to download the answers and enable them to cheat. In their words: “We are committed to maintaining the integrity of this instructor-only resource.”
The purpose of this blog post is this: I’m going to request access to these instructor-only resources, and I want to be able to point to this very public blog post to show that I’m not trying to cheat, but rather trying to function as multiple roles for myself: student and instructor. If I was going to cheat, the last thing I would want to do is let everyone know that I’m trying to get the answers.