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.
In-class exams serve a different function 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.
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.
If you have a learning disability for which you should receive extra time on exams, you must inform me of this by the end of the second week of class. You also should make arrangements with the office of the Dean of Students to inform me that they have the proper documentation for your condition on file. Finally, before each exam, you should arrange with me for how we will accommodate your extra time; you should do this several days in advance of the exam date.