Can ChatGPT do my homework?

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Can ChatGPT do my homework? OpenAI's AI chatbot knows all the popular essay formats

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Whether you are a student or just a bit curious, you may be wondering, can ChatGPT do my homework? To be honest, there is no reason why ChatGPT can’t do your homework. But, whether it can do it well is another story. ChatGPT is a very powerful and versatile online AI chatbot. You can quite literally ask the model anything and it will generate a text response to answer your request. There are headlines about the model’s ability to write degree-level essays, pass university exams, and succeed in Google’s coding interview. It is pretty clear that this AI model is very capable but should you use it for your homework?

ChatGPT homework examples

To see how well ChatGPT would respond to homework questions, we put the model to the test. We first asked the AI to answer a pretty straightforward high-school physics question.

PC Guide: “A box exerts a force of 100N on a table. The pressure on the table is 15 N/m². Calculate the area of the box that is in contact with the table.”

ChatGPT: “The pressure on the table can be calculated using the equation: pressure = force/area. So, the area of the box in contact with the table can be calculated as: area = force/pressure = 100 N / 15 N/m² = 6.67 m².”

So ChatGPT managed to answer this question correctly and showed it’s working, which is what most educators are looking for. Let’s look at another example. We decided to ask ChatGPT an essay-style question to see its versatility.

PC Guide: “Write an essay about the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet.”

ChatGPT: “Love is a central theme in William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet.” The play is a classic example of young love, a love that is passionate, intense, and ultimately tragic. Shakespeare’s depiction of love in the play is both realistic and romantic, capturing the complex emotions that come with love, both positive and negative….”

We have cut down ChatGPT’s response here, but you get the idea. From what it seems, ChatGPT definitely has the intelligence and capability to do high-school-level homework – at least.

Should ChatGPT do my homework?

It is quite obvious that Chat GPT can do your homework and it can do it pretty well. The issue with using ChatGPT is that it is technically academic dishonesty.

Using the model’s answers and passing them off as your own goes against the academic integrity rules set by your school or university. So using ChatGPT can be considered cheating.

Additionally, OpenAI has already said that ChatGPT is not always accurate or correct. Taking the AI bot’s words to be true could firstly land you a bad score, but also expose you for using the model.

Recently, AI detectors have become increasingly available, so you need to be aware that your teachers or professors can run your submissions through AI classifier software.

Is ChatGPT safe to use for assignments?

To be honest, we don’t recommend using ChatGPT to complete your assignments. We understand that it is tempting, but by doing so, you do risk getting caught. You also risk limiting your career prospects by not really learning anything while learning is the only thing expected of you. Make the most of this time while you’re young to learn as much as possible – You’ll be too busy to learn when you’re older! Besides, ChatGPT is not always correct and could actually land you a bad mark anyway.

Let’s look at safety. As time has passed more and more AI detectors have been developed so assessors and teachers can now investigate your submissions. Despite not being 100% accurate, these tools are out right now so your teachers can use them to sniff out AI-generated assignments.

If you do desire to still use ChatGPT there is no harm in leveraging the AI bot to help you make an essay plan or even help you decide on a topic for your assignment.

Does ChatGPT give the same answer to everyone?

According to some sources, when multiple users ask ChatGPT the same question, they almost always get the same answer. There may be a few word differences, but they will be nearly identical.

Final Thoughts

So can ChatGPT do your homework? In short, yes it can in some regards… But, should you use ChatGPT for your homework? It’s up to you, but probably not. There are various risks with using this language model as your homework fairy godmother, so you must act with caution in what you use it for. Morally, we do not recommend using ChatGPT for homework because the consequences after getting caught could be pretty serious. As much as we all hated homework when we were at school, you need to learn this stuff for a reason!

Funmi joined PC Guide in November 2022 and has a knowledge of AI apps, gaming and consumer technology.