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The course is over the final grades are in! You can check all the statistics, including the final grade distribution, on the "scores and docs" page. All the solutions to exams have been posted as well.
I greatly enjoyed teaching this class! Thanks to everyone - and there were several of you particularly active - who participated in class discussion. It only makes my job easier!
Have a great winter break!
Exam 3 turned out well - you can see the statistics and the solutions in the usual place. I was worried that the exam was perhaps a bit long, but did not get this impression when I was reading them.
The final exam is on Tuesday at 10:30AM in our usual classroom. It will be comprehensive and longer than our usual exam (six pages instead of four, 150 points). Calculators will not be allowed on the final exam.
Recall that the final exam replaces your weakest exam grade only if it is better, hence there is nothing to lose by taking it. If you would like an estimate of how well you need to do on the final to improve your grade, check with the grade computer. Also, to improve your total point score, don't forget to turn in homework for 6.3, if you already haven't.
The best way to study for the final exam is to look over all the exams we had during the semester and make sure that you can do all the problems on them. The final exam will have problems similar to these. All the solutions to the all the exams and all blank exams have been posted.
If you need to see me on Monday, I will be in the office 9-4.
Good luck on final exams!
Exam 3 is scheduled for Friday, covering 5.1, 5.2, 6.1-6.3. The review sheet for those sections has been posted.
Write-ups for 6.1 and 6.2 are due on Friday, and the write-up of 6.3 is due on the day of the final exam (Tuesday of next week).
We will meet in our usual classroom on Thursday, 2:30-? for additional review ahead of the exam.
Try to work on homework in 6.1 and 6.2 during the break.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Write-ups over 5.1 and 5.2 are due on Monday. Homework over 6.1-6.4 has been posted.
Our plan for the rest of the semester is to continue working on chapter 6 (we will cover up to at least 6.3) and have exam 3 over this during the last week of classes, on Friday. Then I will calculate your final grade over the weekend (you can email me to find out what it is) so you can decide whether to take the final exam.
I've noticed a flaw in the grade computer, which I fixed. If you used hypothetical grades until the end of the semester to find out what you might need on the final exam, recompute your data.
After our exam today, perhaps everyone can use a little break. If it feels like there is too little to do, however, you can always read the material in 5.1 and 5.2 and start doing the problems there. The homework assignments will be updated soon.
Exam over 3.1-3.5, 4.1-4.3 is scheduled for Friday. Homework over 4.2 and 4.3 is due on Monday. We will advance with our material (5.1& 5.2) before the exam, but those sections will not be on the exam.
The review sheet has been updated to reflect the new sections (the old review sheet is now page 2 of the document).
Homework over 3.5 and 4.1 is due on Wednesday. The next homework, over 4.2 and 4.3 is due on Monday of the following week. We are planning an exam over 3.1-3.5, 4.1-4.3 for Friday in two weeks (11/11).
Recall that homework is a substantial part of your grade (35%). Make sure you try to understand my comments on your homework in order to improve on future homeworks. If you don't understand what I wrote, ask, and I'll be happy to explain it to you.
We will discuss homework from 3.3 on Monday. I anticipate write-ups from 3.3 and 3.4 to be due on Friday.
Exam 1 turned out pretty well. Check out the scores and solutions on the "scores and docs page". Note that there is a column for overall class grades - you can see how well the class is doing at this point.
As it is midterm-grade time, let me draw your attention to the grade computer. It has been updated to reflect the grade structure of our class. Here you can enter your grades to see how well you are doing overall, and what you need to make on future exams in order to get a particular grade. Try it today!
Write-ups for 3.1 and 3.2 are due on Wednesday. We will go over some problems in 3.2 on Monday.
Exam 1, covering sections 1.1, 1.2, 2.1-2.4 is scheduled for Wednesday. To help you study, a review sheet has been posted on the "scores and docs" page. The exam will consist of problems much like the ones we had on homework and did in class. Don't forget to see me for help if you are having trouble with anything.
As discussed in class on Friday, we are planning for exam 1, covering sections 1.1, 1.2, 2.1-2.4 for Wednesday of next week (9/28). Write-ups for 2.3, 2.4 will be due before then and this homework will be returned to you before the exam.
Write-ups for sections 2.1 and 2.2 are due on Monday. As we edge closer to the end of chapter 2, we should start thinking about an exam...
Sections 2.1 and 2.2 have been assigned to go over for Wednesday. Have a fun long weekend!
On Monday, we will finish our discussion of homework in 1.2. The write-ups for sections 1.1 and 1.2 are due on Wednesday.
I am not giving an assignment yet, as I have to come up with a list of problems - expect those on Monday. In the meantime, read section 1.1 in the book.
Welcome to the course! Look around to familiarize yourself with the layout of these webpages. Note that the most important links at right are highlighted. All documents (homework assignment, solutions to exams, etc.) can be found at the "scores and documents" page.
These pages will get more content as information becomes available. 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.