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The course is over, the final grades are in! (See the overall statistics on the "scores and solutions" webpage. Everyone who took the final exam improved their grade.)
I have greatly enjoyed teaching this class! Thanks to everyone who participated in class discussion and came to class prepared! Special thanks to people offering humorous remarks. We'll always have truck repair, if YKWIM...
Happy holidays and have a wonderful winter break!
Exam 4 turned out fair. See scores and solutions on the usual webpage.
The final exam is scheduled for Thursday, 12/13 at 1:30 PM in our usual classroom. The final exam is comprehensive and it replaces your lowest exam grade, if it is better. (Thus, if you are happy with the score you have after our four exams, you don't have to take the final.) It will have 6 pages and you will have 2 hours for it.
All our blank exams and solutions are now posted. Use them to practice for the final, which will have problems much like we already had on exams.
I will be in the office Mon-Wed 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, if you need some help or need to see me.
Good luck on final exams!
Next week is last, everyone! Exam 4 is scheduled for Thursday, 12/6. It will cover chapter 16.
On Friday, I will bring everyone their grade. If you are happy with it, that is all for you. If you would like to do better, take the final exam: it will replace your weakest exam score, if it is better.
Exam 3...sigh...didn't turn out so great - see scores and solutions. While it was better than the first exam, everyone could have done better. All the same, I'll give people a break, since one of the problems wasn't printed quite right: you can get up to 5 points extra on the exam if you turn in a correction of one problem. We'll have this due on Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
New homework has been posted. Note that 16.1 and 16.2 are due on Tuesday of next week.
P.S. (11/17) The problem with the blank homework page has been rectified. Homework is now posted for real.
Exam 3 is scheduled for Tuesday of the week after next (11/13). It will cover sections 15.1-15.4 and 15.7-15.9. Check out the sample exam on the "scores and solutions page".
Homework is now assigned up to 15.7. Write-ups will be due next week on Thursday.
Exam 2 turned out pretty well. See statistics and solutions on the "scores and solutions" page.
Now that two exams have passed, it's a good idea to check on your progress using the grade computer. It will give you scores under various scenarios for future exams. Try it if you haven't already!
Next week, the write-ups for 15.1 and 15.2 are due on Monday, and the ones for 15.3 and 15.4 on Thursday. Sorry to cram these in one week.
Exam 2, covering 13.3, 13.4, 14.1 and 14.3-14.7 is scheduled for Thursday. (We may go over some new material next week that will not be on the exam). A sample exam is available on the "scores and solutions" page, but note that nothing like problem 6 will be on our exam.
Homework over 14.5-14.7 is due on Tuesday.
As we approach the end of chapter 14, we should be thinking of the second exam, which we'll have during the week after next. More details next week.
Have a good fall break everyone (short as it is)!
Homework for chapter 14 has been posted. Old homework has been moved to the "old homework" page. Homework over 14.1,14.3 and 14.4 will be due next week.
With our first exam done, try entering your information into the grade computer to see your overall score in the course!
Exam 1 didn't turn out so great, although a number of people had good grades. You can find detailed statistics on the exam, as well as its solutions, on the "scores and solutions" page.
Please be aware that this is an advanced course that requires a lot of your attention. You should not think that to do well on an exam it's enough to solve a few problems from the problem sets and that you can figure out the rest on the exam. Good scores on exams will also require proficiency, that is, you have to have done many problems and can do them fairly fast. If you haven't done so well on this exam, make more of an effort for future exams.
Homework over sections 13.1-13.4 is due on Thursday.
Exam 1 is planned for Wednesday of next week (9/19). It will cover sections 12.1-12.7 and 13.1 and 13.2. You can find sample exams on the "scores and solutions" page.
We'll make this week's homework due on Friday (bring it by my office), to allow for some questions over the material in 12.6 and 12.7 in class on Thursday.
Homework for sections 13.1-13.4 has been posted.
Sorry for not updating the website sooner... but there wasn't much to inform you of, either.
Next homework (12.3 and 12.4) will be due on Thursday.
Let's start thinking about our first exam, covering chapter 12 and some sections from chapter 13. We probably won't cover enough to have it at the end of next week, but we ought to be ready by Tuesday of the week after it (9/18).
Welcome to the course! Look around to familiarize yourself with the layout of these webpages. Note that the most important links at left are highlighted.
These pages will get more content as the semester progresses. Check back often: useful information is provided in the "home" section (which you are reading), typically updated weekly. Homework assignments will be updated when we start a new chapter.