This web site includes last year's exams and keys to those exams. To prepare for exams, I suggest that you "take" the practice exams, and then check yourself, rather than going through the key as you read the exams. This will give you better insights into areas of weakness and strength.
One warning about the sample exams: We do not cover exactly the same topics every year -- and the information within a topic DOES change year-to-year (unlike a subject such as algebra, where the facts don't change over time!), so don't panic when you see questions on something that we didn't discuss or if the data I gave in lecture are different than those marked as correct on last year's exam! Obviously, sample exams do not include material that is new this year, but that material will be covered on this year's exam. Use the Study Guides ("Unit Goals and Questions") to review this material (as well as to review relevant material that is covered on the old exams!).
Exams and quizzes this year: We will have one midterm exam (on Feb. 14 (Happy Valentine's Day!), a final exam (Monday March 17, 6:00 p.m., will be held in our regular classroom), and quizzes at the ends of weeks 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8. (NOTE: The dates for quizzes and the midterm (which are given in the syllabus ) may change if lectures go faster or slower than I anticipate. You'll have to be in lecture to hear about such changes!) The quizzes will help you to keep up as we go along, rather than cramming shortly before exams.
Exams and quizzes are held in the same room in which we meet.
The exams (as you'll see when you look at the samples ) include only objective, multiple-choice style questions. Multiple choice exams are not my preference, but are a necessity owing to the large size of the class and the virtual impossibility of doing a good job on grading this number of full essay exams.
The quizzes have a puzzle or problem-solving format, and usually will focus on just one aspect of what we have discussed since the previous quiz. Each will take approximately 10 minutes. I'll show you an example or two in class before the first quiz, and have posted Quiz 1 (and its key) from last year in Course Documents on Blackboard so that you know the kind of question(s) to expect.
Preparation for exams and quizzes should focus on lecture material. It is rare that I pull something from reading to ask about when it wasn't covered in lecture. Exams and quizzes focus on conceptual material, applications, and problem solving. In lecture (and in web notes) I give lots of factual data on each subject to document and substantiate the points I am making However, for exams and quizzes, I want you to focus on the concepts, not on memorizing numbers and specific pieces of minutiae. For exams, I try to focus on what I want you to remember 20 years from now, not just until you get out of the exam! (A hint: when you see me having to rely on my lecture notes to read facts (data), you can be sure that I won't ask you to regurgitate those! If I don't know the precise numbers by heart, I sure don't expect you to!)
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Page last updated Dec. 2, 2013.