- For each exam, each student should bring a #2 pencil,a calculator for
numerical calculation (Graphing calculators are permitted; cell phones,
PDAs and computers are NOT permitted) and a picture ID.
- All baseball caps or brimmed hats must be removed or
turned backwards; remove caps or hats that cover ears.
- Headphones and unauthorized earpieces must be removed
- There will be five one hour midterm exams. The
exams are closed book, but you may use one 8-1/2 x 11 inch or smaller
sheet of hand-written notes and equations (you may use both sides
of the sheet).
- There are no makeup
if you miss a midterm exam for any reason you will be allowed to drop this
exam and the midterm portion of your final grade will be based on the
other four midterm exams. Only one midterm exam will be dropped. If you
take all five midterms, your lowest midterm exam score will be dropped
when calculating your final grade.
- At least 10% of the points on each midterm exam will
come from modified* homework problems.
- Each midterm exam will have a correction exam assigned
as a homework assignment in LON-CAPA. 30% of the positive difference
between the correction exam and the in-class exam will be added to your
in-class exam score as bonus. As such, the correction exam homework
assignment can only add points to your midterm exam score. Only students
taking the original exam will have access to the correction exam.
- Exam questions will be both numeric
and conceptual, e.g. true/false, less than/greater than equal to, ranking,
direction of vector, etc.
- There will be one cumulative 2 - hour final exam.
The exam is closed book, but you may use three 8-1/2 x 11 inch or smaller
sheets of hand-written notes and equations (you may use both sides
of the sheets) – One side of one sheet for each of the midterms and the
last side of one sheet for the material covered after the fifth midterm.
The final exam will not be dropped -- it is University policy that
students missing a final exam will receive a grade of 0 for the course.
- At least 10% of the points on the final exam will come
from modified* midterm exam problems or modified* homework problems from
the last homework set.
- If you are living or travelling far from the MSU campus
at the time of the exam, beyond a reasonable commuting distance, or if you
are traveling with an MSU-sponsored program, you may be able to arrange a proctored off-campus exam. Arrangements must be
made well in advance of the exam. Requests made after the deadline
will not be accommodated and you will have to take the exam on the MSU
campus. Click here for deadlines and details for arranging
- Grading scales for exams will not be curved unless
there was mis-wording or an error.
*-- Modified could mean that
if the original problem gave x and asked for y, the modified problem might give
y and ask for x. For conceptual problems, modified could mean covering the same
updated: August 31, 2011