- The midterm and final exam will each have two sittings. You may choose either.
- You must make arrangements at least two weeks in advance if you are unable to attend either sitting.
There are two exams worth a total of 32% of your final grade.
- Midterm (16%): Thursday October 26 or Thursday November 2; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
- Final (16%): Friday, December 15 or Wednesday December 20; 5:30 to 7:30 pm
The midterm exam covers the lecture topics
up to and including the last lecture before the exam unless otherwise noted by the instructor.
The final has a cumulative component though more emphasis is on the topics covered since the
midterm. You are responsible for:
- lectures, including topics covered in lecture that are not in the on-line readings
- on-line readings, including topics covered in the on-line readings that are not covered in lecture
Midterm exam information (including topics)
Final exam information (including topics)
Unless otherwise stated:
- All exams are written on paper.
- No calculators or other electronic devices are allowed during exams.
- Exams are closed book. For the midterm exam, you may bring one 8.5" x 11" page of notes with information on one side of the page only; for the final exam, you may bring one 8.5" x 11" page of notes with information on both sides of the page. The page of notes may be either printed or hand written. Your name should be printed somewhere on the page and you must turn in your page of notes with your exam.
Exams consist of multiple choice questions and written questions.
Multiple choice questions may be worth 1 to 3 points. Some questions with the
same point value may be more difficult to solve than others.
Sample exam questions (and answers) will be distributed in hard copy form prior to exams.
your studying. First focus on your lecture notes and the on-line readings, then review the assignments.
- Study by re-organizing
your notes. Successful studying requires you to be actively thinking
about the material. One of the most effective ways to study is to re-organize
and rewrite notes succinctly in terms that you understand.
- Avoid getting bogged
down on specific points. If you can't figure something out, move on to
other material and wait to ask your instructor or TA for clarification.
- You'll need to do
some memorizing. Memorizing is a practical way to learn the definitions
of terminology and concepts. A good way to memorize information is through
repeated exposure to the material.
- Form a study group.
Often it is easier and more motivating to work with others when studying
for an exam. You can distribute the work by having each group member come
up with a few questions on a topic and then going over the solutions collectively.
If you run into a concept that causes confusion often others in the group
will feel similarly while some will have explanations. Working together will
help you learn things by providing multiple perspectives and insights into
You can use Piazza to advertise for study group members.
- Finally, avoid cramming!
We all know this, but often we find ourselves waiting until it is too late.
This habit is worth breaking! Research has shown that studying in half hour
to hour intervals followed by half hour breaks is far more effective than
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