|Each midterm is 50 minutes long, in quiz section.|
|Each midterm counts for 21% of your grade. Midterm 1 covers everything up to Worksheet 9 (including).|
|The exam will consist of 3-5 problems and 4-5 pages.|
|You are permitted to bring: one 8.5"x11" sheet of notes (both sides are OK), a ruler, and a calculator. No other electronics are allowed (for instance, music players).|
|Please bring a photo ID and be aware that your TA may spot-check some IDs.|
|There are no makeup exams. If a serious
emergency occurs (such as illness) and you miss the midterm, you need to
contact your professor as soon as possible and provide documentation.
Note that Hall Health provides one acute illness visit per quarter free for UW students, so even if you do not have medical insurance you can visit a doctor's office.
To study for the midterm:
First, review all the basic concepts, formulas and methods we covered so far
(use the posted Review File as a starting point, and look through your class
notes and text). For each concept or method, make sure you can define it or
describe it, and give examples. Recall in which homework problems or activities
you had to apply it.
Also, review and practice any algebra skills you had trouble with during the quarter.
2) UPDATE YOUR SHEET OF NOTES: As you work through (1) above, make sure your sheet of notes for the exam contains all the important points. Your sheet should be clean, neat, and organized, so you can find things easily. Do not write too small, or make the sheet too busy/messy, or it will confuse you more than it will help. Remember that you will have limited time during the test! In particular, writing down entire homework problems is counter-productive, since you will not get exactly the same problem anyway.
3) PRACTICE: Once you are comfortable with the material and the homework problems, print out a few previous exams from the Exam Archive (Exam 1), and attempt them in test-like conditions: 50 minutes, quiet location, with no help but your sheet of notes and calculator. When finished (or when the time is up), compare your work to the posted solutions, and see which parts you missed. Review again the parts you missed, or bring questions to our review sessions.
During the exam:
· Start by looking over the test quickly to see how long it is and about how long you can spend on each problem.
· Start with the problems that look easiest to you. Read each question very carefully before writing down anything, to make sure you are answering the correct question and you are not wasting time on something that was not asked.
· Do not spend too much time on any one problem, and do not panic. If you get stuck, move on and come back later. If you studied regularly and well, you should be able to do the entire exam, but sometimes the pressure can make you unable to think straight. If you return to the same question later you may notice something you missed the first time.
· Do not cheat. You will get a better grade on your own work anyway, plus it is almost certain to get caught. There will be different versions of the exam, and we take cheating very seriously. The consequences for cheating are outlined in the university policy on academic misconduct.
· Before handing in your exam, take a quick look and make sure you answered as much as possible every question. If you have time left, review your answers.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: unless otherwise stated,
SHOW ALL YOUR WORK and use the methods learned in this class!
This includes drawing lines and points on graphs, labeling each of them, describing the method you use, showing all computations you performed, etc.
Guessing and checking will not get full credit if there was a step-by-step procedure to determine the answer. In particular: