Exams

You will have opportunities to demonstrate what you have learned through two examinations.  

We will have a take-home midterm examination distributed Wednesday, March 7 and due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, March 14.  You may use any uninterrupted period of up to 3 hours during that week to take the exam and slide your exam under my door when it is complete.

In accordance with the schedule issued by the committee on Academic Standing, the final examination for this course will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. Do not make travel arrangements that would prevent your presence. The final exam will be cumulative; you will be responsible for the content of the entire course.

You may prepare one, double-sided, 8.5" x 11" sheet of hand-written notes to consult during each exam. You will turn in this sheet with your exam and it will be returned to you later. I would rather have you learn to apply concepts than to memorize facts. I also find that preparing such notes---and in particular, deciding what is most important to include---can be a very effective way to study.

Otherwise, the exams are closed books, closed notes, and closed computer.  Because I intend the exams to assess your own individual understanding of the material, collaboration on exams is not permitted.  Of course, I encourage you to collaborate while studying for exams.

If you require accomodations for an examination, please contact me at least a week in advance.

Additional details on the formats of the exams will be provided in this space as the time approaches.


Janet Davis (davisjan@cs.grinnell.edu)

Created January 18, 2007
Last revised May 16, 2007