Out of sequence exams are only offered for the following reasons:
Exam dates are:
Exam 1 will be Tuesday 10/16, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. So that you as students can be confident that your exam is taking place in an environment of academic honesty, we will be using assigned seating for this exam. Please look out for an email from Stepan Paul on Monday 10/15 letting you know your assigned seat.
If you have a valid conflict (see the top of this page), please fill out this exam conflict form by Tuesday 10/9 to arrange an earlier exam time. Please note that most section meetings and lab sections can be rearranged to accomodate an exam, and we expect you to contact your section organizers right away to arrange to attend a different section if your section conflicts with the 21a exam.
The exam will cover the material on Problem Sets 0 - 12. Remember that Math 21a emphasizes deep and flexible understanding of the material. As such, you should expect the exam to include problems you haven't previously encountered, so that you can demonstrate your ability to apply the fundamental concepts to new problems.
Books, calculators, and notes will not be permitted on the exam.
Earning back points on the mini-exam: Some problems / parts of problems on Exam 1 will be very similar to problems on your mini-exam. We'll calculate your percentage on these parts of Exam 1 and average this with your mini-exam percentage. If this average is higher than your original mini-exam percentage, we'll change your mini-exam percentage to this new average.
Here's a sample study plan:
The first practice exam you take is mostly a diagnostic to help you figure out what topics you need to study more, so take as much time as you like with the problems.
We will have a mini-exam Tuesday 9/18, 5:30 - 6:20 pm.
The exam will cover the material on Problem Sets 0 - 3. In particular, you should be comfortable with:
After you've reviewed, we recommend that you take the two practice mini-exams below without looking at the solutions or using extra aids. (Why? Testing yourself is one of the most effective methods of learning, but research shows that looking at the solutions while doing problems creates a "false sense of mastery".)