Exam Information for Math 307

Fall 2013

As it says on the course syllabus, there are two midterms and a final in MAT307, 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: during class on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The midterm covers Chapter 1, 2, and 4 of the text.
Doing all of the homework problems prior to the exam is a very good idea. Doing additional problems from the text can be helpful. Here is a list of topics you should know.

If you wish to use a calculator on the exam you may, although it is by no means necessary and unlikely to be of any help: all problems may be readily done without one.

Sample exams Here are two exams given in MAT307 over the past couple of years. Solutions will arrive later, to help encourage you to do the problems on your own.

Results: I probably should have made the exam a little harder, since quite a few people (3) had a perfect score. Unfortunately, a few people did very poorly.
Below is a graph of the grade distribution on the exam.
low score: 15 mean: 51 median: 53 high score: 75 possible score: 75
range letter grade
60-75 A-, A
50-59 B-, B, B+
40-49 C, C+
30-39 C-
20-29 D
0-19 F

You can check your grade here.

Here is a copy of the exam so you can relive the magic. Also, here are the solutions to the exam.

Second Midterm: in class on in mid November (probably)

The second midterm will cover the material we have covered since the first exam: chapters 5 and 6, and the beginning of chapter 7.
Maybe this exam will be a bit more challenging than the first exam. As on the first midterm, a calculator is allowed but almost certainly of little use. Sample exams Here are two exams given in MAT307 over the past couple of years. Solutions will arrive later, to help encourage you to do the problems on your own.

Results: Some people did well on the exam, but many did much less well. Three people had no points taken off.
Below is a graph of the score distribution on the exam.

low score: 5 mean: 74.4 median: 81.5 high score: 100 possible score: 100
range letter grade
90-100 A-, A
70-89 B-, B, B+
50-70 C, C+
40-49 C-
20-39 D
0-14 F

You can check your grade here. If you got a C- or lower on the exam, you will need to make some significant changes if you expect to pass the course, even if you are getting an A on homework (a lot of people are).

Here is a copy of the midterm.

Final Exam: 8:30pm on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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 (material in chapters 7, 8, and 9).
As on the midterms, you can use a calculator if you want, but I really don't see the point.

Sample exams Here are two final exams given in MAT307 in the past two years, both by Prof. Anderson. There is some overlap in the problems, and both have Stokes theorem questions; we won't have Stokes theorem, but expect at least one Green's theorem question.

Aurélien will hold a review session Monday, Dec 9 from 5-6:30pm in Physics P113. I will have office hours on Tuesday, Dec 10 from 9:30-12:30 and 2:30-3:30 for last-minute questions.

List of topics for final. The final will cover everything we have done in the class, with an emphasis on the material since the second midterm (that is, integration, vector fields, etc.).
Make sure that you know:

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