Your team will have a number of responsibilities as it completes problem sets and laboratory assignments.

As you will find out, group work isn't always easy: team members sometimes cannot prepare for or attend group sessions because of other responsibilities, and conflicts often result from differing skill levels and work ethics. When teams work and communicate well, however, the benefits more than compensate for the difficulties. One way to improve the chances that a team will work well is to agree beforehand on what everyone on the team expects from everyone else. Reaching this agreement is the goal of the following assignment.

1Adapted from R. M. Felder and R. Brent