Exam Information for Math 132

Fall 2011

As it says on the course syllabus, there are two midterms and a final in MAT132, which count for 25%, 25%, and 35% of your grade, respectively. No Make-up exams will be given. If you miss an exam due to a documented medical or family reason, that score will be replaced by the grade on the balance of the course. If you miss more than one exam for such reasons, you should probably withdraw from the course.

First Midterm: 8:30 pm on Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bring a photo ID. No calculators will be allowed. Bring a pen to the exam: while you may do the midterm in pencil (or crayon), you can only contest grading of problems done in non-erasable ink. Sorry.

Material: The midterm covers sections 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 5.9, 5.10 and 6.1 of the text (sections 5.1-5.4 were review and won't be explicitly covered, but knowledge of the material is relevant).
Doing all of the homework problems prior to the exam is a very good idea. Doing additional problems from the text can be helpful.

It is important that you know the basic collection of integrals (which correspond to the derivatives of the standard functions), standard trig identities, etc. A list of these appears on page 358 of your text and inside the front cover (or see here).

Except as noted, you should be able to do all the problems on these practice (and actual) exams from previous semesters. Of course, ability to do all of these is not a guarantee of success on the midterm; the actual exam will cover similar material, not identical problems.

Review Sessions: There will be two review sessions:

Results: If you received a grade of less than 90 on this midterm, you are in danger of needing to retake the course. If you expect to get a grade of C or higher, you will need to change how you approach this class. If you are irrecoverably lost, you might want to consider moving to MAT126 or MAT131 instead; this can be done by filing this form with the registrar before 4pm on 10/21.

Below is a graph of the score distribution on the exam.

low score: 1 (2) mean: 112 median: 118 high score: 180 (3) possible score: 180
range letter grade
150-180 A-, A
115-149 B-, B, B+
80-114 C, C+
70-79 C-
40-69 D
0-39 F

You can check your grade here.

There were three different versions of the exam. They are the electric version (Solutions), the acoustic verion (Solutions), and the instrumental version (Solutions). Collect 'em all!

Second Midterm: 8:30 pm on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

PLEASE BRING A PEN, as well as a photo ID. While you may do the midterm in pencil (or crayon), you can only contest grading of problems done in non-erasable ink.

Locations: Below are the locations of the rooms for the exam. Note that you will be in the same room you were in for the first exam.

SectionTALocation
R01, R02, R08 Caner Koca, Ye Sle Cha Old Engineering 143
R03, R04, R05 Nissim Ranade, Joseph Thurman Old Engineering 145
R07, R09, R10 Eitan Chatav, Patricio Gallardo, Robert Kozma ESS 001

Material: The second midterm will cover the material we have covered since the first exam. That is, volumes, arc length, average value, work, (skip pressure, centroids, center of mass), polar coordinates (graphs and area), sequences, and infinite sums (including power series). These topics are covered in the textbook in sections 6.2 through 6.6, appendix H, and sections 8.1 through 8.5.

I am pulling together some practice exams from previous semesters. Unfortunately, in previous semesters, the timing of the second exam and the order in which they did the material differed, so it makes this more complicated. Keep in mind that ability to do these problems is no guarantee of success on the midterm; the actual exam will cover similar material, not identical problems.

Review Session: Tuesday Nov 1 6:40pm-8:10pm, Old Engineering 143

Results: Below is a graph of the score distribution on the exam.

low score: 1 mean: 73.7 median: 76 high score: 134 possible score: 135
range letter grade
105-135 A-, A
70-104 B-, B, B+
50-69 C, C+
40-49 C-
20-39 D, D+
0-19 F

You can check your grade here.

Exam: You can get a copy of the exam, and also the solutions. Only a limited number of these valuable collector's editions will be printed, so they are sure to increase in value. They are available in two flavors: papaya (solutions) and mango (solutions). Order now! Operators are standing by.

Final Exam: 8:15pm on Monday, December 19, 2011

The final will be cumulative, covering everything that we have done in the class. However, extra emphasis will be on material since the second midterm.
Please bring a photo ID to the final.

The final will have two parts.

Locations: Below are the locations of the rooms for the exam. Note that LOCATIONS HAVE CHANGED from the midterms.

SectionTALocation
R01, R03, R04, R05 Caner Koca, Nissim Ranade, Joseph Thurman ESS 001
R02, R07, R08, R09, R10 Ye Sle Cha, Eitan Chatav, Patricio Gallardo, Robert Kozma Union Auditorium

Practice exams: Here are some practice problems from previous years. Note that the selection of topics covered is not exhaustive: there are topics we have covered that may be on the final which are not covered in these exams (for example, neither of these has polar coordinates or complex numbers, but ours will).

Please work the problems before reading the solutions, or they won't do you any good.

In addition to the above problems, there is a collection of more than 80 review problems on WebAssign, which count as extra credit on your homework score (a half point each). You can also use the old homework problems, especially the "Try Another Version" feature.

Review/Problem Sessions

The final is always everybody's favorite . ...and that's all I have to say about that.

Results: The performance on the final was, overall, pretty disappointing. I was particularly disappointed in how many people think that 0-4=0, and on how people did on part 1 in general. But finals are a stressful time, so I guess your brains were not firing on all cylinders. No one passed part 1 that didn't also get enough points on part 2 for a C. There were lots of flying pigs after all! Also, it seems that a large fraction of the class can't has reading after all (image courtesy Louise Deon).

Below is a graph of the score distribution on the exam. This is based on the combination of parts 1 and 2.

Part I low score: 1 mean: 65 median: 67 high score: 100 possible score: 100
Overall low score: 3 mean: 143 median: 144 high score: 273 possible score: 285
range letter grade
220-285 A-, A
160-219 B-, B, B+
100-159 C, C+
80-99 C-
40-79 D, D+
0-39 F

You can check your grade here.

Course Grade Overall

Based on the final, you'd think that there were more low grades, but overall, a lot of people did OK.

The homework grades were pretty high overall, see the graph below:

And here is the distribution of grades given. Half of the class got a grade of B or better. The number of A grades was more than usual for this class.

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