Math 21b - Exams

Course head: Janet Chen
Course preceptor: David Freund (

Out of sequence exams are only offered for the following reasons:

Out of sequence exams will only be given before the actual exam.

Exam dates are:

Exam 1

Exam 1 will be Wednesday 3/4, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. If you have a valid conflict (see the top of this page), please fill out this exam conflict form by Wednesday 2/26 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 21b exam.

We will have a review session Friday 2/28, 4:30 - 5:45 pm in Science Center D. We have asked for the review session to be taped.

What to expect

The exam will cover the material on Problem Sets 0 - 11. Remember that Math 21b 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.

How to study

As this article highlights, two of the best study strategies are testing yourself (with flashcards, practice problems, and so on) and spacing your studying over a period of time. So, we recommend that you:

Here is a detailed sample study plan and practice materials. If you experience exam anxiety, also check out these tips.