Math 21b - Exams

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 2

Exam 2 will be Thursday 4/18, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. You can find your seat assignment here. If you have a valid conflict (see the top of this page), please fill out this exam conflict form by Thursday 4/11 to arrange an earlier exam time. Please note that most sections and labs 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 4/12, 4:30 - 5:45 pm in SC Hall D. We have asked for the review session to be taped.

What to Expect

The exam will focus on the material on Problem Sets 12 - 27, but it is cumulative in the sense that this material relies on the ideas and techniques from Problem Sets 0 - 11, so you will still need to be comfortable with those. Books, calculators, and notes will not be permitted on the exam.

How to Study

We encourage you to start studying early by reviewing your notes, worksheets, and homework to help you recall the key definitions, skills, and concepts we've covered so far. Make a list of important definitions, ideas, and strategies for yourself, and explain to yourself why the strategies work. Here is some material that may help you with this review:

As always, the single best thing you can do after this is to complete a few practice exams without looking at the solutions or using extra aids. After you've finished a practice exam, don't look at the solutions yet! Instead, go back to any problems you weren't able to do, and try them again, using any source you like except the solutions (so, for example, look for related problems from the worksheets and homework).

Exam 1

Exam 1 will be Wednesday 3/6, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. You can find your seat assignment here. If you have a valid conflict (see the top of this page), please fill out this exam conflict form by Wednesday 2/27 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 3/1, 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.

Exam Solutions

Here are solutions to your exam.