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1. State briefly and concisely (in your own words) the information given.

2. State the information to be found.

3. Draw a schematic of the system or control volume to be used in the analysis. Be sure to label the boundaries of the system or control volume and label appropriate coordinate directions.

4. Give the appropriate mathematical formulation of the basic laws that you consider necessary to solve the problem.

5. List the simplifying assumptions that you feel are appropriate in the problem.

6. Complete the analysis algebraically before substituting numerical values.

7. Substitute numerical values (using a consistent set of units) to obtain a numerical answer.

a. Reference the source of values for any physical properties.

b. Be sure the significant figures in the answer are consistent with the given data.

8. Check the answer and review the assumptions made in the solution to makes sure they are reasonable.

9. Label the answer.

Source: Fox and McDonald, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 8th Ed., p. 3

Netiquette Guide for Online Courses

Please also see Relevant University of Windsor Policies and Procedures

This guideline is adapted from the University of Memphis 

It is essential for you, as a student, to recognize that the online classroom is a classroom, and certain behaviours are expected when you communicate with both your peers and your instructors. These guidelines for online behaviour and interaction are known as “netiquette”.

The purpose of the following information is to help you be a more effective and successful student when communicating via e-mail, chat rooms, or on discussion boards as a part of your online learning activities at the University of Windsor.

Why Netiquette is essential to you as an online student

Proper conduct in an online class is just as important as in a face-to-face classroom, with similar potential repercussions for failing to maintain decorum.  Remember that it is common for a very substantial portion of your grade in an online class to function in how well you perform in online discussion areas and other “classroom participation” activities.  Your ability to clearly and properly communicate in an online class can be every bit as important to your success as how you perform on multiple-choice tests and written assignments.

“Soft” Misconduct vs. Misconduct with Concrete Repercussions

Some forms of online misconduct are merely bothersome to others, with the impact being limited to your instructor or fellow students finding you annoying and them being less likely to take your thoughts seriously.  Other forms of online misconduct can potentially cross a line into the area of academic dishonesty and be treated no differently than cheating on an exam or plagiarizing a paper.  Therefore, you must take these guidelines seriously as they can have a real impact on your success as an online student.  You want to avoid being guilty of misbehaviour in both forms regardless of the level of impact.

Below are specific instructions on how to be the most positive and effective digital communicator that you can be in all communication areas, but most especially in your online classes.


When communicating online, you should always:


When posting on the Discussion Board in your online class, you should:


When you send an e-mail to your instructor, teaching assistant, or classmates, you should:


Remember that your password is the only thing protecting you from pranks or more severe harm.

Overall, use common sense when communicating electronically.  In the same way, you would present yourself in-person to make a positive and constructive impression you should always do the same when taking an online course.  Remember that most of what we communicate to others is in non-verbal ways (body language, voice inflection, etc.) and all you have in online courses is in a text form. Make sure your digital impression is a clear and positive one.