Final Exam Information

In light of our altered circumstances, I’ve decided to do a take-home final exam.  It will be released on Saturday, May 2nd at 12:01 am and will be due on Wednesday, May 6th at 11:59 pm.

Technological Format:  It will consist of several distinct Assignments on Canvas, available for download in PDF format.  Each of them you will hand in via the associated canvas dropbox.  You may hand in photos of handwritten work (as long as they are clearly legible) or typeset PDF.  The exam PDF will be suitable for printing, with whitespace for working problems, so you can work on that if you have a printer.  Otherwise plain paper will be fine, but questions and sub-questions must be clearly labelled and pages should correspond to exam pages, ideally.  I will grade them in canvas.  (This is a similar workflow to how the proofs quizzes work online.)

Content Format:  The final will involve two sections, weighted equally in points value and estimated time taken to complete.  The overall size of the exam will be comparable to an in-person final.

  • Proof Writing:  3-5 written proofs, similar to proof quizzes.
  • Badges Content:  Short answer questions similar to badges, but not divided/labelled by badge topic.  These will range from simple working knowledge of definitions to synthesis style questions that involve more creativity and wide scope of knowledge.

Honor Code:  There are a few rules to understand here that apply during the takehome exam period:

  1. NO HUMAN COLLABORATION.  You may not collaborate with or obtain help from, or even communicate with, any other human being with regards to the course content.  That means you can’t even discuss general questions, like “remind me how induction works.”  You may not request exam answer help through online services of any kind.  You may not post the exam questions online or share them with others in any way.
  2. YOU CAN CONTACT ME.  The exception to the above is that you may contact me for clarifications and general help via email or zoom.  This ensures you do have a back-up resource if you discover you didn’t study something well and need some general help with a topic… but don’t leave this to the last minute, as I don’t promise to be awake/available at all hours.  I will not answer very specific questions or work problems with/for you, but I will provide general help with concepts and topics sufficiently far/general compared to the specific exam content.
  3. NO CONTACT WITH CLASSMATES.  Specifically, you may not be in contact with any other person in our class (Math 2001 Section 005 Spring 2020) in any way on any topic, unless you request and obtain an exception from me for some reason.
  4. NO CALCULATORS/SOFTWARE.  You may not use calculators, Wolfram Alpha, or any software, to aid in answering questions.
  5. OPEN BOOK.  The exam will otherwise be open book.  That is, after obtaining and reading the exam questions, you can do google searches to your heart’s content, and you can read the text, notes, view lectures, etc.  (I still encourage you to write answers without having your notes/resources open next to you (it’s a better academic habit), but I will not require this.)
  6. CITING, AND NOT COPYING.  If you do, by some magic, find a solution online or elsewhere to the exact or very similar problem given on the exam, you may read it for understanding, but you must do two things:  (1) write your solution in your own words without concurrent reference to the available solution, and (2) cite your source by writing the URL or citation on your solution.  Copying is not allowed.