Math 461 B/C Midterm Exam 1 Information

Basic Information

Date/time: The exam will be Thursday, February 19, 7 pm - 8 pm. This is the timeslot chosen at the beginning of the semester. To compensate for the extra evening hour, class will be cancelled on Friday, February 20.

Note on conflicts: At the time the exam time and date was voted on, only one person had indicated a legitimate academic conflict (though this may have resolved itself). Legitimate conflicts may be lab sessions, scheduled classes, non-personal trips. In case the conflict is with another evening exam held at the same (or an overlapping) time period, University guidelines on prioritizing of conflicts apply: According to these guidelines, the larger of the two classes is responsible for arranging a conflict. If you believe you have a legitimate conflict that cannot be resolved in other ways, email me ( with details (e.g., details on the conflicting class/event, and exact start and end times), as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, February 13.

Location: The exam will in Room 1404 Siebel Center. This room is an ultramodern, ultracomfortable auditorium, with swivel chairs, and a capacity of 200, giving everybody plenty of elbow and breathing room. Here are links to maps:

Exam Rules: No books, notes, formula sheets, etc., and no calculators. The problems will be such that no calculator is needed; you can, and should, leave all answers in "raw" form, just as in the hw problems.

Exam content: The exam will cover Chapters 1 and 2 of the text, corresponding to the class material covered through Friday, February 6, and the homework assignments 1 - 3. See below for a detailed syllabus.

The exam will have 4 - 6 problems, generally with several parts. Most of the problems will be comparable in difficulty to the homework problems, the examples from class and from the book. The problems are expected to be done in the same way as the hw problems; in particular: solutions (with explanations) rather than mere answers are expected; the final answers can and should be left in "raw" form; and the problems should be solved using the methods developed in class.

The exam may include one or two conceptual questions, e.g., questions asking to state a formula, definition, property, or theorem. (Those types of questions wouldn't make sense as hw problems or examples, since the answers can be found in the text.)

Sample exams: Below are links to Math 461 exams given in the past few years. These should give you an idea of what to expect, in terms of the difficulty and nature of the problems. Keep in mind, though, that there may be some differences in coverage of the material; e.g., an exam given later in the semester would probably include Chapter 3.


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