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Winter 2020

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Exam Policy

All exams for Math 51 are closed-book, closed-notes, with no calculators or other electronic aids permitted. (We keep the numbers reasonably simple on exams, so there is no need for a calculator.) Each midterm counts approximately 23% toward your final grade, and the final exam counts approximately 34%. (Your overall exam average is the sum of all points earned on all exams, divided by the total possible points; this average counts 80% toward the final grade. No scaling or curving is applied to individual exam scores.)

If you have a course-related or competition-related schedule conflict with a midterm exam, you must at least two weeks in advance of the exam to make arrangements for an alternate (early) sitting; the same policy holds for OAE accomodations. No other schedule conflicts are accommodated for midterms, and alternate exam times are limited. The date and time of the Final Exam are set by the University; all students must take the exam at this time.

We will have assigned seating for all exams. The seating chart will be posted at the exam room on the evening of the exam; you are responsible for arriving a few minutes early to find your seat before the exam starts. Failure to sit in your assigned seat will be considered a breach of the Honor Code and be handled accordingly.

There is a regrade process after each midterm exam to address possible grading issues on individual problems. Compose a letter clearly explaining why the particular problem merited more points, and turn it into your TA no more than two weeks after the official exam date. (Once submitted, any part of the exam may be regraded.) The submission deadlines are firm, and no exceptions will be made, so please go over your exam, alongside the posted solutions in a timely manner.

Midterm Exam 1

Exam 1 is on Thursday, January 30 (two hours; starts approx. 7:30pm). The exam covers the material on the course syllabus through (and including) the end of Week 3.  

Midterm Exam 2

Exam 2 is on Thursday, February 20 (two hours; starts approx. 7:30pm). The exam covers the material on the course syllabus through (and including) the end of Week 6.  

Final Exam

The Final Exam is on Tuesday, March 17, from 12:15-3:15pm. You must take the exam at this time. The exam is comprehensive, though the syllabus material after the second midterm (the final third of the course), not including Chapter 27, is emphasized a bit more heavily than the other two thirds of the course.

Practice Exams

We will post two practice exams for each midterm and the final exam here.

When working through practice exams, you should attempt to solve the problems on your own without looking at the included solution sets. Working the problems with the solutions at hand will do you no good at all.

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Practice First Midterm

  • Practice 1 and Solutions
  • Practice 2 and Solutions

Practice Second Midterm

  • Practice 1 and Solutions
  • Practice 2 and Solutions

Practice Final Exam

  • Practice 1 and Solutions
  • Practice 2 and Solutions

Winter 2020 -- Department of Mathematics, Stanford University
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