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ERIC Number: EJ926916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Cramster: Friend or Foe?
Grams, Michael
Physics Teacher, v49 n4 p225-227 Apr 2011
Recently when teaching a first-semester calculus-based physics course for engineers, I was perplexed by a particular group of students. These individuals were able to solve nearly every homework problem assigned from the end-of-chapter exercises in our textbook, and in some cases were able to do so using methods that we had not covered in class. However, they were unable to explain the steps in their solutions and when given similar problems on exams they performed very poorly. I became suspicious that these students were submitting homework solutions that were not their own, and a quick Internet search confirmed my fears. These students had been plagiarizing their homework assignments from a website called Cramster ( In this article I would like to discuss the website, what some of my previous students and fellow educators think about it, and also consider whether or not Cramster could be useful in helping students learn physics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A