The first midterm is based on the reading material for the first 1/3 of the course, the second tests the topics in the second 1/3, and the last 1/3 is tested in the final, which also requires high-level synthesis of the material in the whole course. We will have a review session before the final where we will go over the most important topics.

The best way to prepare for these exams is to keep up with the reading assignments and attend the class meetings during the semester. Before each exam, you should then review the material covered in the class, referring to the reading material whenever necessary. For each exam there will also be a set of practice questions (midterm 1, midterm 2, and final). You should make sure you've looked at these questions so that you know what to expect in the exam. In general, the questions will test understanding of the main concepts: the motivation behind problems and techniques, analysis of their successes and shortcomings, etc.

The exams are closed book; cheating is not tolerated and will be dealt with according to the university policy. We'll use a photo roster to check attendance. If you are more than 30mins late, you won't be able to take the exam.

Tue Aug 29 18:00:49 CDT 2006