ECE 313 Exams

Spring 2018

Midterm Exams on February 28 and April 11.

The topics covered in the exams are exactly the ones in the course notes.
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 cchen130 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 obtain a letter from the Student Assistance Center in the Office of the Dean of Students for a personal excuse due to personal illness, family emergencies, or other uncontrollable circumstances. E-mail the letter to your section instructor as soon as possible. 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 Exam

Wednesday, May 9, 1:30 - 4:30pm.
Students with last names starting with
A - Q, U - V will go to room ECEB 1002
R will go to room ECEB 3020
S - T will go to room ECEB 3013
W - Z will go to room ECEB 3081

Final Review: Time and venue to be announced on Piazza

Conflict Final Exam: Thursday, May 10, 1:30-4:30p.m., (see rules, approval process below)
Note: if you have not been approved to take the conflict exam, you are not allowed to take it, and the grade you get in the conflict exam will not count towards your final grade.

Final exam solution
Conflict final exam solution

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 checkpoints 10-12 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 cchen130 at 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 Student Assistance Center in 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.