**Exams and grading, TAM 203, Fall 2004 **

The prelims and final exam are closed book, no notes, no calculators. Prelims
are designed for completion in 90 minutes but will allow extra time to reduce
time pressure.

**Prelim and Final exam study advice: **try to do assigned homework problems
from beginning to end with no help from book, notes, solutions, people, etc.
All yourself without looking up *even one thing*. Explain, at least outloud to
yourself, every step. This
includes computer problems (ok if you have to use "help" online once
or twice).Then try other problems like the assigned homework problems.

**Prelims Schedule **

Prelim 1:Tuesday 28-Sep-04, 7:30-9:00 PM Upson B17. Three questions. Covers through homework 5. (Prelim1, Solns)Tuesday 26-Oct-04, 7:30-9:00 PM Upson B17. Three questions. Comprehensive through homework 9. (Prelim2, Solns)

Prelim 2:Tuesday 23-Nov-04, 7:30-9:00 PM Phillips 101. Three questions. Comprehensive through homework 13. (Prelim3, Solns)

Prelim 3:4:30 PM, same day, with prior permission.You must stay in the exam room from 4:30 until 7:30, bring food (we will give you a note excusing you for lateness to your next test). Thurston 201.

Early makeup for those with conflicts:For students who missed both a prelim its early makeup, there will be a comprehensive makeup exam on Monday Dec 6 from noon -1:30+ with prior written permission. Thurston 204. makeup (no solns available)

Makeup prelim:

**Final Exam** (comprehensive)**. ** Friday,
December 17 12:00 - 2:30PM. Phillips 219. The final exam will have 5 questions.
On average they will be as long or a little shorter than the problems on the
prelims. No extra time. Most categories below will be represented in at least
one of the final exam problems. final exam, "solutions" .

1) A car or bike accelerating or breaking with front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive on level ground or going uphill or downhill or traveling on level ground, or something very similar to this.

2) A problem very similar to a problem already on a prelim.

3) A problem very similar to a homework problem.

4) A problem that needs a Matlab solution.

5) A problem that requires analytic solution of a simple ODE from this set: first or second order constant coefficient ODE with a right-hand-side of zero (a constant, linear in time, an exponential in time or a sine-wave in time).

6) A text problem that was not assigned.

7) A sample problem in the book.

8) Something related to one of the labs.

**Final grade:** After rescaling to a common median,
the lowest two scores from the 9 prelim questions will be dropped; together
the best 7 prelim question scores count for about 40% of your grade. The homeworks
(dropping the lowest homework grade) will count as about 10%; if you accurately
copy the posted solutions (and cite them appropriately) you will get 9%; inaccurate
or sloppy copying gets a lower score, copying without citing gets an academic
integrity violation, creative improvements (with citation) give a highter score.
The final exam counts about 35%, and the labs about 15%. TAs can add a few
points for good section, office hour, or bonus project performance. One bonus
point (1%) for completing a course evaluation form. The median student will
get a B, closer to B- or B+ depending on overall class performance.

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