- Hopefully everyone will be healthy and on time for the midterm
and the final, but sometimes emergencies happen.
Here is general advice for
**if you (will) miss an exam:**As soon as you know you will miss (or have missed) an exam, email your instructor. (If you don't have access to email, messages may be left at the Math Department office, (206)543-1150.) If you know ahead of time that you will miss a exam for a good reason, email a request to take it early, stating your reason. In case your instructor agrees to the request, suggest times you can take the exam before the rest of the class does. **Notes.**You may bring one notebook (8.5 by 11 inches) sized sheet of*handwritten*notes. Notes may contain formulas, summaries of techniques, and such, butIt's OK to write on both sides of the paper, but it is in your interest to summarize thoughtfully, so you are not spending precious exam time reading through overly detailed notes. The main reason for allowing notes is to encourage "top down" studying (organizing your thinking about the material, identifying common themes, etc.) and, conversely, discourage "bottom up" studying (merely memorizing formulas). Handwritten notes are required so that you have to think about the material to produce the notes, which is also a good study technique. Worked examples are excluded because then your score may indicate your luck in choosing examples and ability to mimic more than your mathematical reasoning skills.**may not contain any worked examples.****Notes containing worked examples are subject to confiscation during the exam.****Hand in your notes with your test.**This is both so I can check you followed the rules, and also because sometimes your notes explain a step in your work I can't follow. There will be a stapler available when you hand in your exam.**Calculator use:**Only the TI 30X IIS, the calculator allowed for 124/5/6 exams (or with advance permission, an equivalently basic calculator) allowed. Tests (and quizzes) are designed to be doable without a calculator. In particular, you should leave answers in "exact" and unsimplified form: if the answer comes out to 2.5 + π - 1/6 - cos(π/3), you should evaluate cos(π/3) but otherwise may leave the answer as is. Do not evaluate trig functions at "nonfamous angles", e.g. leave cos(3/2) as is. Do*NOT*give a decimal approximation to the answer, because your instructor can figure out your thought process better from the exact answer.- There will be room on the midterm to work the problems. If you need extra paper, raise your hand.
**Seating at exams.**- We don't have enough seats for alternate seating, but let's try to use all the rows so we can have one or two empty chairs in each row. That way there can be some space between each pair of students, and fewer students for me to get past if there are questions.
- Leave the seats in the front row and near the door empty for the people who arrive at the last minute from classes on the other side of campus.
- During the test, a seating chart may be passed along your row. When you get the chart, on the next blank line, print your name and sign with your usual signature, also, then pass to the next person. The instructor will collect the chart at the end of the row.
**Don't sit near your "study buddies," so any unusual similarities in work won't look suspicious.**

**Show your work and/or reasoning**(unless the question says you don't have to.) An answer with no justification for how you found it may be worth little or no partial credit. Don't be afraid to use some English as well as symbols.- A few more test-taking tips: Read instructions carefully, so you don't do more work than you have to. Don't simplify a complicated algebraic expression unless required to (or if it's easier because you need it for the next step). If you do change your answer, cross out rather than erasing. It's quicker, and sometimes your new reasoning is easier to follow if the grader can glance at what you tried first. (Raise your hand if you need more paper.)

**Office hours**: usual (after class, Thursday at 2, and by appointment) plus Sunday, October 30, 3:30-5 PM.

I will check my email up until 9 PM on Sunday, and again at 9 AM on Monday morning.

The Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) has scheduled a "Priority drop-in" session for Math 309 on Sunday, October 30, 7 PM - 10 PM.- Topics covered: everything we studied in Chapter 7. You may find §9.1, especially the table on p. 504, helpful for reviewing.
- To prepare for the exam, be sure you know how to do all homework and quiz problems. In particular review any homework or quiz problems you had trouble with. But note that the quiz problems have intentionally been very basic, and now you are responsible for more topics. So some test problems will probably seem harder than the quiz problems.
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**sample test**is posted at the**Course Workspace**. Read the general instructions on the cover page (so they will be familiar when you actually take the test) and then work the problems*BEFORE*you look at the solutions (now posted at the workspace).*Remember that no single test can include all skills or problem types that you are supposed to know.*The test you take may ask questions that require you to use ideas in different combinations than those on the sample test, or even require some ideas not included in the sample.

**Office hours**during exam week: Tuesday 12/13 1-3; or if you cannot come at that time, email to request an appointment at another time on Monday or Tuesday.

If you**email questions**Tuesday evening before 9, I'll respond (but better to come to office hours if possible, math questions by email sometimes aren't clear). Will also check email Wednesday morning around 10.**Read the general information above**again, which will still apply for the final exam.**Notes:**Still just one handwritten sheet; you may write on both sides of the page. You may include general solutions to ODEs, for instance to*y'' + by' + cy = 0*, or the family of solutions to*X'' + λ X = 0*with various boundary conditions, but no worked examples from §§10.5 through 10.8 (or Chapter 7).

**If you reuse your midterm notes,**adding chapter 10 materials, be sure you review the old part of your notes thoroughly.**The final will be comprehensive**, but with more emphasis on Chapter 10 than on Chapter 7.

There's a sample test at the Course Workspace.

Solutions and/or more sample tests or questions may be added at the workspace over the weekend.

For Chapter 7, it would also be a good idea to review the midterm and §7.8 (because there were no §7.8 type problems on the midterm).

For Chapter 10, be sure to do homework 10, then the sample test.

*Remember that no single test can include all skills or problem types that you are supposed to know.*The test you take may ask questions that require you to use ideas in different combinations than those on the sample test, or even require some ideas not included in the sample.**BRING PAPER TO DO YOUR WORK ON**. Most or all of the problems will be listed on one sheet, with no room to work, because the space needed for the chapter 10 problems varies so much between students. A**Short Table of Fourier Series will be given on the test.**(The page of formulas will be identical to the one on the sample final, except the sine series for*f_e*will be corrected. For the correct sine series for*f_e*, see the table posted in the quiz 4 section of the workspace.)

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