Math. 270-05, Fall, 2005 Hints for the Exams
Baker Kearfott, Department
of Mathematics, University of Louisiana
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This page will change throughout the semester.
/ The first exam
The Second Exam / The
Third Exam / The Fourth Exam / The
Fifth Exam / The Final Exam / The
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Note: Previously given exams are available below
in PDF format.
The first exam
The first exam will be on Friday, September 9, 2005. It will include
all of Chapter 1. You will need to bring your own paper to present
your answers, and you will find a scientific calculator useful. (Contact
if that is a problem.) Pay particular attention to the following:
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Exponential models of growth and decay. (Expect a word problem in
which you will need to answer several questions.)
Rates of growth of functions of various kinds, including polynomials, rational
functions, logarithms, exponentials, etc. Be able to compare the
rates of growth of different functions.
Solution of equations that contain the variables in exponents.
The limit notation; existence of limits (or not), and computing limits.
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The second exam
The second exam will be on Monday, September 26, and
will cover all of Chapter 2 (the concept of a derivative).
If you have done all of the assigned problems on the syllabus and have
done the review problems, then you should be well-prepared.
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Second exam, second chance
This exam will be similar to the first try of the second exam, except
that derivatives of exponential functions may be included. It will
be on Monday, October 3. As indicated in class, the grade for exam
2 will be the maximum of the two grades on the two chances for the second
exam. Be sure to bring your student ID to class on October 3.
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The third exam
The third exam will be on Tuesday, October 25, and will cover the material
in Chapter 3 of the text. In particular:
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Expect a number of problems where you routinely apply rules learned (such
as the power rule, product rule, quotient rule, and chain rule) to find
Expect a word problem involving the chain rule.
Expect a problem involving evaluating the derivative of the inverse
of a function at a point (using the connection between the chain rule and
Expect a problem where you are to apply the theory from Section 3.10 (the
mean value theorem, the increasing function theorem, and the "racetrack
principle") to answer some questions about a function.
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The fourth exam
The fourth exam will be on Friday, November 11. Problems representative
of the material in Chapter 4 of the text will be on the exam.
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The fifth exam
The fourth exam was on Thursday, December 1. Problems representative
of the material in Chapter 5 of the text were on the exam.
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The final exam
The final exam will be on Wednesday, December 5 in our usual room (MDD
309) between 10:15 AM and 12:45 PM. The exam will be closed-book,
but you can use a scientific calculator. You will need to bring your
own paper. The exam will be comprehensive, and will consist of either
problems from the text or modifications of problems from the text.
Pay close attention to:
(There may be other items occurring on the final in addition to those listed
word problems involving exponential growth and decay
oscillations and differentiation of trigonometric functions
word problems involving related rates
computing the integrals of polynomials
interpretation of the integral as an algebraic sum of areas
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