This course will have two in-class hour exams and a final exam. See the
course calendar for the exam dates.
You may find the following information about exams to be important:
Exam questions will not be so involved as the ones on the problem sets,
but they will require you to do more than simply redo problems that we have
done in class or on homework with different numbers.
You are responsible for knowing the precise definitions, statements of
theorems, and proofs that we cover in class, and you may be asked to
reproduce these on exams.
You are expected to know how to do all the homework problems that have
been assigned, and all the problems from the problem sets, even if we
didn't go over them in class. If you have questions about a homework or
problem set problem, be sure to ask them before the exams.
There will be no make-up or early exams without my prior approval at
least a week in advance. The final exam can not be rescheduled. See the
grading policy for a breakdown of what each exam
will be worth.
In-class exams serve a different purpose from problem sets and
homework. Since the exams are for a short period of time, they test how
quickly and accurately you can do the problems and what information you
have at your fingertips, whereas problem sets test how well you can
figure out difficult problems over a longer period of time. You will feel
rushed on an in-class exam, and you may not be able to finish it all. If
you do not know how to do a particular problem, you will not have time to
figure it out from first principles. In-class exams are not about how much
you can figure out, but about how much you know how to do already. I will
not ask you to develop new techniques on an in-class exam, but I will
expect you to be able to use techniques, definitions and theorems we have
already developed in class or in the homework. If you do not know these,
you are unlikely to be able to complete the exam in time.
Math 127 (Winter 2000) web pages
Created: 29 Dec 1998
Last modified: 14 Dec 1999 08:18:36
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