131 Exam Schedule, Fall 2016
Here's the exam schedule for the course. The dates were listed ahead of time in the Course Listing
Book and in the course description in WebStac so that everyone would
know the schedule when registering and not be taken by surprise.
. Exam Procedures
The material to be covered on each exam will be announced a few days ahead of time on the "Bulletin Board" on the main page of this syllabus. Your exam room might be different from the regular lecture room. On the day of the exam, you can locate your room by using the link Exam Seat. You will have an assigned seat in the exam room. You should arrive a few minutes early before the exam so that you can locate your seat. The exam proctors will help you if there's any problem. Proctors might sometimes ask a student to occupy a seat other than the assigned one. Please talk with a proctor if there is any serious problem with your seat. Please note:
Each
insemester
exam will
consist of 14 multiple choice questions (worth 5 points
each), 5 "true/false" questions worth 1 point each, and a
handgraded
"written response" section worth 25 points. The final
exam will not have a handgraded section because of the College's
required rapid turnaround time for submitting course grades. Each
student's total exam
score will be boosted by the same amount (if necessary) ro raise exam
mean for the class to 75/100 (B). You will mark your answers to multiple choice and T/F questions on a data card which will be machinegraded and these results posted online, usually the next day. When they're ready, you can check these exam results online: this "lookup" shows you your answer for each question and also the correct answer. Your written answers to the "free reponse" questions will be graded by hand and the results will be available within a week. All scores will be also be posted in Blackboard. After the machinescored part of the exam is graded, you will have until 4 p.m. the following Monday to check with me if you think there was some problem about mismarking your answer card or other such mechanical issue. The handgraded pages from the exam will be returned the following week at your discussion section. Copies of Old Exams Online Many old Math 131 Exams since Spring 2001 are available online, and most of them are available both with and without solutions. All of these old exams are a good source of practice problems. Just don't assume that, say, Exam II in another semester covers exactly the same material as will be on your Exam II, or that there won't be some differences for this semester's exams: different instructors write questions with slightly different styles and emphasis, and the textbook has frequently changed from one year to the next. The Math 131 archived exams for Fall 2010 are for the last time I taught this course. Missed Exams: Excused and Unexcused Legitimate excuses for missing an exam (such as verified illness, serious family emergencies, or conflicts with a religious holiday) in all calculus courses must be approved by Professor Blake Thornton (Cupples I, 204A, 3149356301), preferably in advance. Having one person approve excused absences for all sections of all the calculus courses helps to assure that all students receive fair, uniform treatment. If you receive an
excused
absence from Professor Thornton for one of the insemester exams, please
notify me. You
will
not take a makeup exam. Instead, at the end of the semester a statistical formula called
"multiple
regression" will be used to estimate your
missing
score based on your performance on the other three exams. (The
formula
is complicated, but it takes into account the average class score on
each
exam and how far above or below the average you were on each exam you
did
take. Therefore, you're not penalized if the exam you missed was
one on which other students had high scores, and you don't gain any
advantage if you were excused from an exam on which scores were
low.) An unnexcused absence from any exam receives a score of "0".
