Math 461 B/C Final Exam Information
Date/time: The final exam will be at the following
times and locations:
NOTE: The two final dates are not interchangeable.
Unless you qualify for, and receive prior approval, for
a conflict date under the "no three consecutive finals" rule as explained below,
you must take the final at the date/time corresponding to the
section in which you are officially registered. In particular,
if you are registered for the 10 am section (C13/14), your final is on
Monday, May 11.
- Section C13/C14 (10 - 10:50 am):
Monday, May 11, 8 am - 11 am, 1310 DCL. (Note the room
is different from the regular classroom and from the room in which the
other midterms were given.
DCL is located at Springfield and Matthews.)
- Section B13/B14 (9 - 9:50 am):
Thursday, May 14, 8 am - 11 am, 347 Altgeld.
Final Exam conflict policy
The University is very strict about enforcing final exam time slots. For
example, a student can not take the final at a different time to
accommodate travel plans. Except for the "no three consecutive finals" rule
or in cases of emergencies (see below for more on this), a student cannot
take the final at a different time without obtaining approval at the highest
level - from the Associate Chair of the Mathematics Department all the way
up to the Office of the Provost. Such approvals are granted only in
Three consecutive finals.
If you are in this situation, you are
entitled to a conflict exam in one of the three classes involved,
though not necessarily 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 these cases applies, then, with prior approval, you may
switch final exam dates (from May 11, 8-11, to May 14, 8-11, or vice
versa). To get a switch approved, contact me by email (email@example.com)
no later than Wednesday, May 6, providing your complete final
schedule (classes/sections involved, final exam times, and any conflict
- 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.
Illness and other emergencies
By University policy, a missed final exam automatically translates into
a failing grade unless the student has been granted an
"excused/incomplete" grade by the Dean, in which case the student is
entitled to take a make-up final by the middle of the following
semester. If you miss the final because of an illness or other
emergency, do the following as soon as possible (preferably before the
time of the final):
Keep in mind that, if you do take the final, then
whatever score you earned there will stand. You cannot retroactively
argue that your final exam score should be discounted because you have
not been feeling well. Thus, if you are sick enough that you feel
your performance on the final will be affected, it is better to play it
safe and seek an excused grade.
- Call the Emergency Dean (333-0050) and explain your
situation. This is the most important step. The Emergency Dean can
initiate further action or refer you to the appropriate Dean to get the
excused/incomplete grade approval process started. (Only Deans have the
authority to grant excused/incomplete grades - the instructor cannot
assign such grades.)
- If you are sick, make sure to see a doctor or nurse as you will
likely need some documentation proving that you really have been sick.
- Notify me by phone (244-7721) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(This is just a matter of courtesy so that I know what is going on.
You still need to go through the Dean to get an excused grade and
make-up final approved.)
Final Exam content and syllabus
The Final will be about 2 - 2.5 times as long as a midterm and will
account for around 300 additional points (on top of the 630 points earned
so far). In terms of format and
difficulty, the problems will be comparable to those on the midterm exams,
though some of the calculations might be slightly more involved since
time pressure is not a factor in the final.
The Final will have 10 - 12 problems, generally with several parts.
There may be one or two (sub)problems of a
conceptual nature, e.g., questions asking to state a formula,
definition, property, or theorem.
I might also include an extracredit problem.
The Final Exam will be cumulative and cover the material
of Midterm Exams 1 - 3, each given approximately equal weight,
as well as the following material from Chapter 8;
see the Central Limit Theorem Handout for
a summary of the relevant formulas.
For syllabi for the midterm exam materials, and links to past exams and
past finals, see the Exam Information pages for these exams:
- Probabilistic inequalities (Markov, Chebychev), Weak Law of Large
- Central Limit Theorem and normal approximation
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