ECE ILLINOIS

ECE 313 Exams

Summer 2017


Quizzes

You will be given quizzes during the last ten minutes of class on most Tuesdays and Fridays (the first quiz will be Tuesday, June 20). Your quiz will be taken from the "short answer questions (SAQs) and problems for quizzes" listed in the right column of the large table on the course homepage, with possibly some of the numbers changed. For example, for the first quiz, the problem(s) on your quiz will be selected from the SAQs for Sections 1.2, 1.3, or 1.4 and Problems 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 1.10, 1.12. The choices of which problems to be given on a quiz will be made randomly and uniformly from among the possibilities. To receive credit you MUST indicate how the problem is solved; simply writing the numerical answer will be given no credit. In fact, since no calculators are allowed, if the final answer cannot be derived with reasonable effort without a calculator, then you only need to show the work up to the point a calculator would otherwise be used. Only the top nine out of twelve quizzes will be used to compute your grade. The quizzes are closed book. No written materials, calculators, cell phones, ear phones, notes, etc. may be used during a quiz. No communication with others during the quiz is allowed. The dates of the quizzes have been listed on the main webpage since before the beginning of the summer session, so please make your travel plans or other appointments accordingly. Since we are dropping your three lowest quiz scores, there will be no makeup or conflict quizzes. After grading, the instructor will keep the quizzes and will show a student her/his quiz upon request. If there is disagreement about the assigned score, the student can give the instructor a written appeal that will be considered by the instructors at a group meeting.

Tip: The quizzes represent early checkpoints on your road to learning how to solve problems for this course, which in some cases includes devising notation for word problems. You will be tested over the same material again on the midterm and final exams, without benefit of knowing ahead of time the list of possible problems. So to use your time most efficiently, read the assigned material in the notes, paying special attention to the examples. Then work out the assigned problems on your own, looking at the answers only if you are truly stuck. Start early; don't wait until just before the quiz. If you work the problems yourself, you will be familiar enough with the problems to do well on the quizzes without wasting your time memorizing solutions you don't understand. And you will be in a great position for the exams.


Midterm Exams

The topics covered in Exam 1 are exactly the ones in the course notes up until (and including) section 2.11, except for Sections 1.5 and 2.9 (those will not be included). Unlike the quizzes, the exam will have problems that are not almost identical to other problems seen during the semester. You should know the meanings, forms, means, and variances for the key discrete distributions.
Exam 2 covers problems, SAQ, lectures, and reading from the course notes up until (and including) section 3.10, except for Sections 1.5, 2.9, 2.12.3, 2.12.4, 3.8.3 and 3.9 (those will not be included), with emphasis on Chapter 3. Unlike the quizzes, the exam will have problems that are not almost identical to other problems seen during the semester. You should know the meanings, forms, means, and variances for the key discrete and continuous distributions.
The final will cover problems, lectures, and reading for all quizzes, covered in the notes through the end of the notes except for Sections 1.5, 2.9, 2.12.3, 2.12.4, 3.8.3, 3.9, 4.7 and 4.11 (those will not be included).

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 midterm exam dates/times were announced before the summer session began. Therefore, you are expected to arrange your schedules to make the exams.

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.

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 third lecture after the graded exam is handed back.


Final Exam

Friday, August 4, 8-10 a.m.
Location: TBA


Final Review: Date/time/location: TBA





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 topics covered in the exam are exactly the ones in the course notes up until (and including) section 4.11, except for Sections 1.5, 2.9, 2.12.3, 2.12.4, 3.8.3, 3.9, 4.7 and 4.11 (those will not be included), with emphasis on Chapter 4. Unlike the quizzes, the exam will have problems that are not almost identical to other problems seen during the semester. You should know the meanings, forms, means, and variances for the key discrete and continuous distributions.

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.