Mathematics 136: Midterm 1 Announcement

This test is a closed book / no calculator exam. The only things you can bring are your pen and your ordinary watch.

The test will cover sections 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.8, 6.1, 6.2, 6.6, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4. In section 6.6, only the subsections about future and present value, survival and renewal models, and flow of blood will be covered.

I said in class that I would post practice problems for the sections that have not yet been covered in the homework. However, the Departmental Syllabus contains plenty of problems from sections 7.1-7.4, so I think you have enough to do to get through those.

The test will be a list of problems, many of which could have been homework problems. There might also be other types of questions, for example "multiple choice" questions. People who know how to do these problems will have no trouble with finishing in time and will also have enough of time to recheck their answers, see point (2) below.

To prepare for the test, I suggest that you do the following:

(1) Read and understand the covered sections in the book. Make sure you understand the statements of theorems. Use the examples to check that you understand the material correctly. You can do this by "proof reading" the examples, to make sure that they are done correctly according to your understanding. If you believe an example is done incorrectly, then this is a sign that you should review the theorems and definitions that are used in the example.

(2) Make sure you know how to do all the problems from the homework assignments, as well as the problems listed on the Department Syllabus for the covered sections. This will ensure that you are in shape to handle the problems on the test.

Regarding which formulas to memorize, I have said in class that:

(1) If you need the integration formulas from appendix D, then I will put them on a formula sheet.

(2) If you need the error estimation formulas for numeric integration, then I will put them on a formula sheet.

Good luck!