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The course is over and the grades are in! You may find the grade statistics and final exam scores on the usual page. Final exam average was very weak because only three students took it and one essentially turned in a blank sheet.
Thanks to everyone who participated in class discussion - this always makes my job easier!
Have a great summer!
Exam 4 turned out OK - you can see the statistics in the usual place.
The final exam (Thursday at 1:30) will be comprehensive. To study for the final, make sure you can do all the problems on the previous 4 exams: the problems on the final exam will be very much like them. You can extend your studying by going over all the joysheets as well.
If you need to see me before the final here are my office hours for finals week:
Monday 10:00-4:00, Wednesday 10:00-3:00, Thursday 10:00-1:30.
Good luck on finals!
Exam 4 is scheduled for Friday. It will cover sections 4.1-4.4, 5.1 and 5.2. Check out the following problems on sample exam 4: 1-7, 10-12 (use y_0 b^t for the function in 12, 2.5% growth rate).
By Saturday evening, I will let you know of your grade by email so that you can decide whether to take the final. Recall that the final exam is optional and only replaces your weakest exam grade if it is better, hence there is no risk in taking the final exam - your overall grade cannot get worse.
Exam 3 turned out better than any previous, but still rather so-so.
Joysheet 8 is due on Thursday - if you weren't in class on Friday and want it before Monday, you can find it in the usual place.
Exam 3 is scheduled for Friday, 4/11. It will cover sections 3.2-3.6. Consider the following problems on the sample exams:
sample exam 2: problems 8, bonus
sample exam 3: problems 7, 10, 12
I expect another joysheet before the exam that I plan to give out on Monday (it's not posted on the website yet).
We will start with 3.6 on Monday.
Exam 2 scores were better than exam 1, but this doesn't say much. Even though it may have been a little long, a lot of points were lost due to things you should have known. You will need to practice some more in order to get proficiency. However, the additional points I offered should help you some.
We will start with 3.4 on Monday.
After exam 2, you may relax a little... after all, it's spring break! Have a good one!
If you are looking at your mid-term grade, keep in mind that it only reflects exam 1 and joysheets 1-4. I did not have time to grade exam 2 and include it in your mid-term grade, which was due yesterday.
Exam 2 is scheduled for Friday, 3/14. It will cover sections 2.1-2.4, 3.1 and possibly 3.2. For exam 1 check out the following problems:
sample exam 1: problems 1, 2, 15
sample exam 2: problems 1-3, 7ac, 8
sample exam 3: problem 6
Exam 1 was dismal, but the extra points should help a little. The poor grades can be attributed partly to the test being long, but quite a bit of it owes to everyone's poor preparation. Hopefully it is a wake-up call. Many people miss a lot of classes or don't look at the homework - of course this is not the way to successfully complete a course. Let's keep working on it, since another exam is coming soon - week before spring break!
Joysheet 4 was given in class today and is due on Tuesday. If you would like your copy before Monday, find it via the link at right.
After exam 1, you may relax a little. Next week, we continue with chapter 2.
Joysheet 3 was given in class on today and will be due Tuesday. You can find it in the usual place if you would like to get yours before Monday.
Exam 1, covering sections 1.1-1.7 has been moved to Friday of next week (2/21). You may examine some sample exams on the "scores and docs" page. Since they are for a course that used a different book, the order of material in those exams is not the same as for our book, so the problems that relate to our material will be scattered through the exams. For exam 1 consider the following problems:
sample exam 1: problems 4, 5, 7, 10-14
sample exam 2: problem 9
sample exam 3: problems 5, 11
Joysheet 2 scores have been rather poor, indicating that some students are not putting enough effort into the homework. Please work on the homework in order to gain proficiency: just doing the joysheets will not be enough.
Joysheet 2 will be given in class on Monday and will be due Tuesday. If you would like to get a jump on it over the weekend, it is posted under "joysheets" (where the entire joysheet list will be posted).
Homework in section 1.6, up to #37 was given for discussion on Monday.
Exam 1, covering sections 1.1-1.7 is scheduled for Tuesday during the week after next.
Joysheet 1 has been handed out in class - it is due on Monday. If you haven't received yours, get it through the link at right.
Homework in 1.2 has been assigned for discussion on Tuesday.
Have a good long weekend!
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