The purpose of this test experience is to help you understand the material and make connections.
Research has shown that the effort you expend in studying for tests and
clearly explaining your work solidifies your learning.
At the Exam
One 8.5*11 sheet with writing on both sides allowed.
You can put anything you like on your sheet.
One scientific calculator or graphing calculator allowed (but no cell phone nor other
calculators bundled in combination with additional technologies)
You may have out food, hydration, ear plugs, or similar if they will
help you (however any ear plugs must be stand alone--no cell phone, internet or other technological connections)
Partial credit will be given, so (if you have time) showing your reasoning or thoughts on questions you are unsure of can help your grade.
On the test,
your grade will be based on the quality and depth of your
responses in the timed environment (the test must be turned in when time is
Questions will mainly consist of short answer or essay types along
with some computations. There is NO need to write in full sentences -
bullet points, etc will be fine.
The test will be a mixture of computational
questions as well as critical reasoning and reflection involving
the "big picture."
You will be expected to answer questions about
activities from class, lab and homework.
Here is a partial sample test
so that you can see and have some practice with
some diverse examples of the formatting and style of questions.
The actual test will differ and will be about 5 pages long.
The main web page and class highlights page
contain links to homework and class activities, which also serve as a good
Review Questions for Test 2 and glossary/wiki, also serve as a good review.
Be sure you read through the following overview of topics and that you could respond to questions about these topics on the exam.
I want you to understand the material and I am happy to help in office hours or on the ASULearn forum!
I want you to succeed!
Here are a few words of encouragement that are adapted from
Heart of Mathematics:
To really learn something new, you must experience it yourself via
hands-on hard work and practice. We don't learn deeply by watching someone
else. You could watch many movies about baseball, but in order to really
learn how to play well, you must actually pick up a bat yourself.
The only stupid question is the unasked question.
Make mistakes and fail but never give up. Instead, learn from
your mistakes and use them to grow.
Life is a journey - not a destination. Someone could give you all THEIR
answers, but it is your experiences and what you've learned during the
process that really matters.