Elementary Math Models -- Fall 2017

Information about the first exam

Our first exam will be Friday, 9/15/2017.  If you want your course grade to include credit for more than just your exam scores (such as homework, in class worksheets),  you should be compiling a portfolio.  BRING YOUR PORTFOLIO TO THE EXAM for me to review.  Also BE SURE TO PICK IT UP BEFORE YOU LEAVE after the exam.  Directions for making your portfolio are here.

The first exam will cover Chapter 1 and sections 2.1 and 2.2 of the text.  The exam will include a variety of types of questions.  Like homework assignments, there may be reading comprehension, math skills, and problem in context items.  There may also be some multiple choice items like the "clicker questions" we have seen in class several times.

To help you study, I am providing a sample exam: CLICK HERE.  The formulas that appear on the cover of the sample exam will also be provided on the real exam.  It is up to you to know what the equations are for and how to use them.  The sample exam is one I gave in an earlier semester.  For that class, the first exam covered one additional section of the text, so some of the items on the sample exam are not relevant to our exam.  These items can be disregarded.

Be advised that this is not a comprehensive review.  It serves merely to illustrate a mix of question styles (procedures, conceptual understanding, definitions and notation) and the approximate length you can expect.  In general, an exam on a body of material cannot directly test every single topic or idea covered.  There is not enough time.  So, in making up an exam, I have to choose certain things to include and others to leave out.  The same is true of the sample exam.  But do not assume that the real exam will include and leave out exactly the same topics as the sample exam.  There will almost certainly be things on the sample exam that do not appear on the real exam, and vice versa.

Some time will be spent on review for the exam in class on Tuesday, 9/12.  At that time we can discuss the sample exam, homework questions, or any other questions that arise as you study for the exam.  I strongly recommend that you do most of your preparation for the exam before Tuesday's class, including working on the sample exam.  A solution key to the sample exam will also be posted sometime before the exam.