Math 213 F1 Final Exam Information
The final exam will be on Friday, Dec. 17, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm, in 161
Noyes (NOTE ROOM). This is the University assigned Final
Exam slot for classes meeting 2-3 MWF. As mentioned at the beginning of the
semester, the University is very strict in enforcing its Final Exam dates.
In particular, you cannot take the Final at a different date/time to
accommodate travel plans.
- Finals Week Open House/Office Hours:
- Tuesday, 12/7: 5 pm - 6 pm, Open House, 159 Altgeld.
- Wednesday, 12/8: 5 pm - 6 pm, Open House, 159 Altgeld.
- Thursday, 12/9 - Thursday, 12/16: Office Hours, 12 pm - 1 pm, each
day, in my office, 241 Illini Hall.
Final Exam Conflict Policy:
The University has specific rules on prioritizing conflicts
resulting from three consecutive finals. Since our final is on the last
slot of the final exam period, this situation can only arise
if you have finals on both Friday, Dec. 17, 8 am - 11 am, and Thursday,
Dec. 16, 7 pm - 10 pm. In that case, you are entitled to a conflict exam
in one of the three classes involved, though most likely not in
ours, because of University rules about prioritizing conflicts. The
complete rules can be found in
Article 3, Part 2 of the Student Code, but they essentially boil down
to the following:
If none of the above cases applies, then the class with the largest
number of students is responsible for providing a makeup exam, and you
should contact the instructor of that course. The enrollment for our
class is less than 35 If none of other two courses involved in the``three
consecutive finals'' situation has more than 35 students, then you may be
entitled to a makeup final for this class. In this case, you should
contact me by email (email@example.com) no later than the last day of class,
Wednesday, Dec. 8, providing details about the three classes
(course/section numbers, final exam times, and any conflict exams offered).
- If one of the classes involved in the conflict has a scheduled
conflict exam (ours does not), you should take that exam.
- If one of the classes involved is giving the final exam at a time
different from their designated final exam slot, that class has to
accommodate any conflict requests.
- If one of the finals involved is a "combined" final exam (ours is a
"noncombined" exam), that class has to provide conflict exams.
Final Exam content and syllabus
Tips on preparing for the exam
The final will be comparable in terms of format, level, difficulty, and
coverage, to the midterms, so preparing for the final should be not much
different from preparing for the midterms. In particular, follow the
advice given for the midterms exams:
Start studying early. Try to find someone, or a group, to study with.
Start your prepration with your class notes, make sure you understand the
basic concepts and techniques, rework the class examples. The class examples
were carefully selected to illustrate the different types of combinatorial
and probability problems at a level appropriate for this class.
For additional practice, study the corresponding section in the text, and
rework the examples there using the above syllabus as a guide. Note that
the examples in the text vary widely in difficulty. Many are very easy
warmup problems, but a few are quite difficult, well above exam level.
The examples listed in the above syllabus are all of the "doable" kind.
Redo the homework problems (both the graded and non-graded hw),
especially those you got wrong, or you weren't sure about.
Note, however, that studying homework problems alone will not adequately
prepare you for the exam. For example, questions asking for statements of
definitions or theorems would not be appropriate for a homework problem,
since you could simply look things up, but are suitable for exams. Use
the syllabus as checklist and guide for things you need to know on the
Lastly, take advantage of the Open House (see above).
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