First Midterm: 8:45 pm on Monday, February 19, 2018Bring 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. The midterm covers material in Chapter 2 of the text (through 2.6), with knowledge of chapter 1 and Appendix A, B, and C assumed as background.
Doing all of the homework problems prior to the exam is a very good idea. Doing additional problems from the text can be helpful.
In order to help you review and prepare, David Kahn has kindly allowed us to use some chapters from his AP Calculus book:
- Chapter 3: Limits (solutions to problems)
- Chapter 4: Continuity (solutions to problems)
- Chapter 5: Definition of the Derivative (solutions to problems)
You can watch the video of
session from a previous semester. While this was a different
semester , the material covered is pretty much the same.
There are also review sessions being held at the following times:
- Friday 3-4:20pm in ESS-001 by Prof. Andersen (mostly for Lecture 3, but anyone else that fits in the room is welcome).
- Saturday 1:30-2:30pm in ESS-001 by Stephanie Salvator.
- Sunday 2-3:30pm in ESS-001 by Prof. Sutherland
- Lectures 1 and 3 will also do reviewing in class on monday.
You should be able to do the problems on the exams from previous
semesters that you see below. (A few of these have material from later
sections that we haven't covered yet.)
Note that our exam will have different problems, in possibly different
formats, from any of these old exams. "Different" doesn't mean the same with
just a number changed.
Still, they should give you an idea of the range and difficulty to expect.
Solutions will show up here later in the week. Try doing them first.
- Spring 2007 (solutions).
- Fall 2008 (solutions).
- Spring 2009 (solutions).
- Fall 2009 (solutions).
- Spring 2014 (solutions).
- Spring 2015 (solutions).
- Spring 2016 (solutions).
Results: Below is a graph of the grade distribution on the exam. The height of the bar is the number of students who got that letter grade on the exam.
If you got less than 30 on the exam and haven't already taken MAT123, you should seriously consider moving down to MAT123, which can be done with this form.
There were three different versions of the exam, named Drogon (and the solutions), Rhaegal (and its solutions), and Viserion (solutions). They are pretty similar. If you see any typos, let me know.
Second Midterm: 8:45 pm on Thursday, March 29, 2018
The second midterm will cover the material we have covered since the first exam, focusing primarily on the various methods of calculating derivatives, and some of the applications.
As before, David Kahn has kindly posted some chapters from his book to help you prepare:
- Chapter 6a: the Power Rule (solutions to problems)
- Chapter 6b: the Product, Quotient, and Chain Rules (solutions to problems)
- Chapter 6c: Derivatives of Trig Functions (solutions to problems)
- Chapter 7: Implicit Differentiation (solutions to problems)
- Chapter 8: Equations of Tangent Lines (solutions to problems)
- Chapter 11: Derivatives of Logs and Exponentials (solutions to problems)
You can watch the video of a review session from spring 2015. This doesn't include material on related rates or max/min of functions, but will be helpful anyway.
Here are some old exams (or sample problems) from previous semesters to help
you prepare. Some of these occured a bit earlier in the semester than ours
did, so some of the later material may be missing. In other cases, some of
the earlier material may be missing, and some later material may be added.
- Fall 2008 midterm 2 (solutions).
- Fall 2009 midterm 2 (solutions).
- problems from various midterms (solutions).
- practice for Spr 2014 midterm 2 (solutions).
- Spring 2014 midterm 2 (solutions )
- Practice problems for Spr 2015 midterm 2 (solutions).
- Spring 2015 midterm 2 (solutions).
- Spring 2016 midterm 2 (solutions)
Results: Below is a graph of the score distribution on the exam.
As before, there were three versions of the exam. Collectors will want all three: Drums (solutions), Space (solutions), or Dark Star (solutions).
Final Exam: during the week of April 23, and 8 am on Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The final will be cumulative, covering everything that we have done in the class.
The final will be given in two parts, as described below.
- Part I will be pass/fail, and focus on the more basic material in
the course. It consists of 12 very straightforward questions, with passing
being 8 or more correct. This will be given in Frey during the
week of April 23, during your recitation (with a few exceptions)
If you pass pass Part I, you are guaranteed a C or better on the final and hence in the course.
If you fail Part I the first time, you will have one additional opportunity to take it again, during the scheduled time of the final (8am, May 9).
- Part II will consist only of more challenging questions, and will be graded only if you pass Part I. It will determine what grade better than C you get on the final. This will be held at the scheduled time of 8 am on May 9. Note that if you passed part I and are happy with a C, you do not need to take Part II.
Just about half (48%) of the class passed Part 1 on the first try during the
week of April 23; another 20% or so got at least 5 points, which means with
a little work they should have no trouble passing on the second try.
However, about a third of the class got less than 5 points out of 12, and
really need to focus on the basic material in order to pass the class.
Note that you can now see the questions and answers for Part 1 in WebAssign.
As before, David Kahn put more chapters from his book to help you get ready. Other chapters listed above are also relevant, of course. Certain aspects of each are relevant for either Part I or Part II of the final.
- Chapter 17: Inverse Trig Functions (solutions to problems)
- Chapter 10: Related Rates (solutions to problems)
- Chapter 9: Curve Sketching (solutions to problems)
Here are some finals (or sample finals) from previous years to help you study. These are listed in two sections: the first group is study material for the mastery test (part~1), and the second consists of either part~2 of a final using this format, or is an older exam that didn't make such a distinction.
Part 2 (and mixed)
Here are some recorded review sessions that may help you prepare for the final. While they were in a previous year, the material is the same. Remember that there are videos of all the material for the class on the class schedule page.
In blackboard, there are two separate scores for the final:
For Part 1, the grade will read as either "Pass (C)", which means that you got at le ast 8 points on part 1 and hence got at least a C on the final, or
it will have a number like "4.5 (D)", which lists the maximum score you got on the two attempts, and the corresponding letter grade (which will not be higher than C-),
or it could say "not taken" if you didn't take either attempt.
For Part 2, the grade will be empty if you either didn't do part 2 or you didn't pass Part 1, or it will be the number of points you got on Part 2 and your overall grade on the final (remember, if you passed part 1, you start with a C).
Below is a graph of the score distribution on the final. This includes everyone, including the people who passed part 1 and chose not to do part 2. The grade table only lists the grade cutoffs for part 2.