Math 41 Autumn 2012
All exams for Math 41 are closed-book, closed-notes, with no calculators or other electronic aids permitted. Each midterm counts approximately 26% toward your final grade, and the final exam counts approximately 38%. (Your overall exam average is the sum of all points earned on all exams, divided by the total possible points; this average counts 90% toward the final grade. No scaling or curving is applied to individual exam scores.)
If you have a course-related or competition-related schedule conflict with a midterm exam, you must contact your instructor at least a week in advance of the exam to make arrangements for an alternate (early) sitting; the same policy holds for OAE accomodations. No other schedule conflicts are accommodated for midterms, and alternate exam times are limited. The date and time of the final exam are set by the University; all students must take the exam at this time.
Pre-exam Advice and Information
- Read Jessica Purcell's
Tips for Success in Undergraduate Math Courses
for good advice about how to study for a math exam.
- Look at the homework and solutions --
and remember the answers to odd-numbered problems in the back of
- See below for practice exams. In addition, this course is cumulative, so you should go over the solutions to any exams already held this quarter in preparation for the next one.
- We highly recommend the Concept Check, True-False Quiz, and Review Exercises at the end of each chapter. The solutions to all of these Chapter Review problems are posted here.
Specific Info on Final Exam: Monday Dec. 10, 7-10pm, Cubberley Auditorium
- The exam is cumulative, covering all course topics with a much heavier emphasis on the material covered since Exam 2.
- Formula Sheet: Click here to see a list of formulas that will be provided for you at the front of the Final Exam.
The following exam questions were used in previous incarnations of Math 41. Material covered for a given midterm in these classes does not necessarily correlate exactly to the material covered in Math 41 this quarter, so bear this in mind when working these examples.
Do not look at or print out the solutions to the practice problems below until
after working on them yourself, taking some time, and going
back later to try any problems you couldn't do the first time again.
Doing the problems while looking at the answers renders them almost
completely useless as preparation for taking an exam. Remember that
the teaching staff are available to ask questions of regarding any of
the review material.
After each exam this quarter, you will be able to find solutions here, as well as information on the coursewide distribution of scores.
- Exam 1: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:30-9:30pm Solutions Grade Distribution
The top quarter of the class scored 68 (out of 89) or better, the median score was 60.5, and the bottom quarter of the class scored below 52 (out of 89). The mean score was 59.2 points out of 89, with a standard deviation of 12.2 points. (See the histogram linked above for a more detailed view of where your score stands.)
Although letter grades are not given for individual exams, if the final grade were to be based on this exam alone, the B/A cutoff would be at approximately 66/67 points (out of 89), the C/B cutoff would be at approximately 53/54 points, and the lowest C-minus would be approximately 43 out of 89.
- Exam 2: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 7:30-9:30pm Solutions Grade Distribution
The top quarter of the class scored 76 (out of 89) or better, the median score was 67, and the bottom quarter of the class scored 58 (out of 89) or below. The mean score was 65.5 points out of 89, with a standard deviation of 12.7 points. (See the histogram linked above for a more detailed view of where your score stands.)
Although letter grades are not given for individual exams, if the final grade were to be based on this exam alone, the B/A cutoff would be at approximately 72/73 points (out of 89), the C/B cutoff would be at approximately 59/60 points, and the lowest C-minus would be approximately 47 out of 89.
- Notes on your current cumulative standing: Cumulative Exam Grade Distribution
Click on the link above to see a distribution of the sum of your Exam 1 and Exam 2 scores. The top quarter of the class has a total of 143 (out of 178) or above, the median total is 128, and the bottom quarter of the class has a total below 110 (out of 178).
If the final grade were to be based on the total of the midterm exams alone, the B/A cutoff would be at approximately 139/140 points, the C/B cutoff would be at approximately 114/115 points, and the lowest C-minus would be approximately 92 out of 178.
- Final Exam: Monday, December 10, 2012, 7-10pm Solutions Grade Distribution
The grades for your final exam are posted on CourseWork. The top quarter of the class scored above 111 points (out of 134), the median score was 97 points, and the bottom quarter of the class scored below 83 points. The mean score was 94.1 points out of 134, with a standard deviation of 22.9 points.