musee d’orsay

Final exam thoughts / updated grade distribution / Reptar

The material on the final exam will be drawn from all parts of the course. For a review of which topics we covered, see the rundown I sent out before each test. Also recall that we studied mathematical induction, condition number, pseudoinverses, and vector spaces in class but those topics did not appear on any of your exams. It seems likely that at least one or two of those will be on the final. I mean, it just kind of makes sense, right? Just a guess. What do I know, though? I’m just the guy who writes the exam. Or should I say WROTE the exam! Just finished it. It’s gnarly like the King of Limbs — not that one, this one:


So sweet. The format of the final is like this: There are four sections of three questions each. Some of the questions have multiple parts. Each of the questions within a given section are worth the same amount. The first section is more conceptual problems, the next three basically correspond to the material from the first, second, and third in-class exams. You have to do two out of three problems in each section. You are allowed to bring a 3” x 5” index card (or a piece of paper cut to that size) as a cheat sheet. Anything on it must be handwritten by you — no printouts, no photocopying, no getting your friend with tiny handwriting to write one for you. You are not allowed to bring a calculator to the exam. Also, if you take the final and you decide you don’t want it to count, you can just put a big X through the front page and write “Don’t count this exam, dude! Too hard!” and we won’t grade it. If you hand it in to be graded, though, it will count.

There have been a few grade adjustments over the past week, so here is the updated distribution:

90th percentile 89.33
75th 83.99
65th 80.16
50th 75.13
35th 69.22
25th 62.75
15th 54.29
mean 70.37