ECE 313 Exams
The topics covered in the exams are exactly the ones in the course notes and concept matrix.
Exam 1 covers problems, lectures, and reading for checkpoints 1-5, which is covered in the notes through the end of Chapter 2. You should know the meanings, forms, means, and variances for the key discrete distributions for all the exams, including the final exam.
Exam 2 covers problems, lectures, and reading up until (and including) Section 4.4 , with emphasis on Sections 3.1 through 4.4. You should know the meanings, forms, means, and variances for the key continuous-type distributions for Exam 2 (see the inside back cover of the Course Notes).
The final exam will cover problems, lectures, and reading for all checkpoints, covered in the notes through the end of the notes.
You should take the exams in the exam room you have been assigned. Please make sure that you bring your IDs with you, and that you show up at least 15 minutes earlier, in order to avoid last minute problems (such as not being able to find the room).
You may bring one 8.5" by 11" sheet of notes to the midterm exams; and two 8.5" by 11" sheets of notes to the final exam. Both sides of the sheets can be used. The notes can be typed in font size 10 or larger, or written in handwriting of equivalent size or larger. The exams are closed-book and closed-notes otherwise. Electronic devices (calculators, cellphones, pagers, laptops, headphones, etc.) are neither necessary nor permitted.
You can find copies of old midterm exams and final exams by going to the web pages of previous offerings of ECE 313. The exams this semester will be similar in nature and covering the same topics as in recent past semesters.
The midterm exam dates were posted before the semester began and you are expected to arrange your schedules to make the exams. However, there will be unavoidable conflicts, such as with an exam for another course. A conflict midterm exam will be scheduled and students with conflicts should send an email to ymb at illinois dot edu at least one week before the midterm exam, with "conflict exam" in the subject header, explaining what the conflict is with, to request permission for the conflict exam.
If you miss a midterm exam, the following procedures apply: To receive an excused absence, you must either arrange your absence in advance with your instructor (i.e., prior to the absence), or complete an Excused Absence Form at the Undergraduate College Office, Room 207 Engineering Hall, indicating that you missed the midterm exam and the reason for the absence. This form must be signed by a physician or medical official for a medical excuse, or by the Office of the Dean of Students (Emergency Dean, 610 E. John Street, 3330050) for a personal excuse due to personal illness, family emergencies, or other uncontrollable circumstances. Present the completed form in person to your section instructor as soon as possible after you return. Scores on midterms due to excused absences will not be made up. Your midterm score for an excused absence will be the weighted average of the other midterm score and final exam score. An unexcused absence from a midterm will be counted as a 0.
Regrades: If when you receive your graded midterm exam, and after looking at the posted solutions, you feel there was an inaccuracy in the grading of your exam, fill out an exam regrade request form and staple it to your exam BUT do not write on or alter in any way your original exam paper. Turn in such regrade requests to your instructor by the end of the second lecture after the graded exams are originally handed back. If you pick up your exam late, you do not get an extension for the regrade.
Final Review: Saturday, May 6, 1-3 pm.
Exam: Monday, May 8, 7-10 p.m. Last names A-T in 1002; U-Z in 1013.
Problems and solutions
Problems and solutions: conflict exam.
Conflict Final Exam: Tuesday, May 9, 7-10 p.m., in 1015. (See rules, approval process below.)
Two two-sided 8.5" by 11" sheets of notes are allowed at the final, with font size no smaller than 10 pt or equivalent handwriting. Bring a picture ID. No calculators. The exam consists of a sampling of problems related to the lectures, course notes, and homework problems from throughout the semester. It has about twice as many problems as a midterm exam. Material for weeks 12 - 15 will be covered slightly more heavily because it wasn't covered in the midterm exams. You are responsible for knowing the forms of all the key discrete and continuous-type distributions listed on the inside covers of the notes (same as Appendix 5.2). Comprehensive lists of the course topics are the table of contents and the index of the notes.
There will be a conflict final exam scheduled but there are strict rules to be followed in determining eligibility for the conflict exam. In particular, you may be eligible to take the conflict final only if you would otherwise have three finals in one 24 hour period. If you qualify for a conflict final, please contact yilu4 at illinois.edu with the word "conflict final" in the subject header by the last day of classes, and explain what other finals you have (the courses and times of the finals) that make you eligible for the conflict final under the above campus policy. If for some reason of emergency such as severe illness you are not able to take the final exam at the required time, you will need to obtain a written excuse from the Office of the Dean of Students.
A table of values of the standard Gaussian CDF will be supplied to you if it is needed on an exam.
See Previous semester's web pages for old exams and solutions.