Let x equal the number of handouts I've distributed explaining the requirements of the assignment and y the number of times I've explained it in class, and then assign value q to the quality of the examples and templates I've provided showing what a successful result should look like; let a equal the number of times I've urged students to meet with me outside of class to discuss their progress on the assignment and let b be the number of class sessions devoted to work designed to help students handle the assignment.
1. At what point in the wee hours of the morning on the day the assignment is due will students e-mail me to ask for clarification of the requirements?
2. How many students will complain on course evaluations that the requirements were not clear? How many will write the exact words "We never knew what she wanted"?