Math 143 F
Probability and Statistics
Spring 2000

Test Information

Test 1 Info

Test 1

Scope

The exam will cover all of chapters 1, 2, 3 and 9 as well as sections 4.1 - 4.3.

Questions on the test will be similar to but not identical to questions from homework and quizzes. They will be designed to try to see how well you understand the material, not how well you can perform various procedures mindlessly. You may be required to compute numerical statistics; draw graphs by hand; analyze data or nummerical or graphical summaries of data; provide short answers to questions, etc. Your reasoning and explanations will be at least as important as your answers.

Instructions

Read through these prior to coming to the test and follow them when you take your test.
  1. Always show your work and explain your reasoning.
    1. Use mathematical notation (especially the equals sign) correctly.
    2. Don't be afraid to use words in your explanations.
    3. You may use your calculators, and the tables I provide for Standard Normal Probabilities and Chi-Square, but for each number you write on the exam, it must be clear where it came from. For example, if you got .25 by multiplying .5 by .5, I want to see .5 * .5 = .25 on your paper (or words indicating the same).
    4. Answers without work or reasoning will not receive full credit.
    5. If you get an unreasonable answer, be sure to say so. Give a brief explanation about how you know your answer is wrong (for example, correlation coefficient is negative, but the graph clearly indicates that there is a positive association between th variables.) Then go on to other problems and come back and try to fix the error if you have time at the end of the test period.
    6. Even if you cannot do a problem completely, show me what you do know.
  2. Short answer questions will be graded based on truth, accuracy, significance and brevity. In short, I'm looking for high quality answers. (For example, if you are asked to give an example of something, pick the best example you can think of, one that makes the issue especially clear.)
  3. Test restrictions.
    1. The test is closed book. No notes are allowed.
    2. Do not write in purple on the exam. (The exam will be graded in purple.)

Content

Keep in mind the goals for the course (see the course home page). They provide a general framework that will guide me in making the exam.

For those of you who like a bit more detail, here is a list of things you should be sure you know how to do. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but it is an important list.

You should be able to:

Note that the test will be a sample from the possible topics, it will not be exhaustive.

Test 1 Information Last Modified: Thursday, 11-Jan-2001 16:02:46 EST


Test 1 Info

Test 2

Scope

The exam will cover chapters 1 -9, focussing on chapters 4-8.

Questions on the test will be similar to but not identical to questions from homework and quizzes. They will be designed to try to see how well you understand the material, not how well you can perform various procedures mindlessly. Your reasoning and explanations will be at least as important as your answers.

Instructions

Read through the instruction provided before test 1 prior to coming to the test and follow them when you take your test.
  • Test restrictions.
    1. The test is closed book. No notes are allowed. You will be given a clean version of the inference procedures handout (both sides) and copies of tables for t, z, and Chi-square distributions. Please do not write on theses, they will be saved for future tests.
    2. Do not write in purple on the exam. (The exam will be graded in purple.)

    Content

    Keep in mind the goals for the course (see the course home page). They provide a general framework that will guide me in making the exam.

    For those of you who like a bit more detail, here is a list of things you should be sure you know how to do. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but it is an important list.

    You should be able to:

    Note that the test will be a sample from the possible topics, it will not be exhaustive.

    Test 2 Information Last Modified: Thursday, 11-Jan-2001 16:02:46 EST


    Click here to get only the information about the final exam. (Might be better for printing.) Final Exam Info

    Final Exam

    General Info

    The final exam is at 6:30pm on Saturday, May 13. Please bring your calculator and something to write with. If possible, do not bring much else with you, it makes the room less crowded. You will be provided with the same handouts as on test 2, including the chart we used for t and z inference procedures.

    Scope

    The exam will cover chapters 1-9, 10 and 12.

    Questions on the final will be similar to but not identical to questions from homework, quizzes and tests. They will be designed to try to see how well you understand the material, not how well you can perform various procedures mindlessly. Your reasoning and explanations will be at least as important as your answers.

    Format

    The test format should look very familiar when you see it, but the distribution of the problem formats will be somewhat different from that of the tests. There will be fewer problems that require significant computation and more problems that require only interpretting output (perhaps with minor computations), and more problems that are of a multiple choice, true/false or short answer format.

    Some things you can expect:

    Instructions

    Read through the instruction provided before test 1 prior to coming to the test and follow them when you take your test.

    Some advice

    Content

    Keep in mind the goals for the course (see the course home page). They provide a general framework that will guide me in making the exam.

    For those of you who like a bit more detail, here is a list of things you should be sure you know how to do. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but it is an important list.

    You should be able to:

    Note that the test will be a sample from the possible topics, so some topics from the above list will not appear on the test.

    Final Exam Information Last Modified: Thursday, 11-Jan-2001 16:02:44 EST


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    Calvin College
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    Last Modified: Thursday, 11-Jan-2001 16:02:46 EST