Exam 2 will be held Tuesday, March 5, at the regular class time in the regular classroom.

The test will cover Chapter 4, Chapter 6, and Sections 5.1 and 5.2 from the text. The "algebraic subsection" of Section 5.3 will also be covered.

The best way to study for the test is still: MAKE SURE YOU CAN DO THE HOMEWORK PROBLEMS.

The format for this test will be similar to that of the first test. You can expect a few short-answer questions and more longer, involved, problems. You will need to show your work for the non-short-answer questions.

The procedures used for the last test still hold for this test. If necessary, re-read the information on this website for Exam 1. This will remind you what is expected concerning presentation,simplification and the showing of work.

This test is worth 150 course points. The letter grade interpretation for a scaled score on Test 2 is listed below. Recall that it is the scaled numeric score (not the letter grade) that is recorded and applied towards your 1,000 points available for the course.

COURSE pts. for TEST 2Grade


The university withdrawal and grade-option change deadline is Tuesday, April 2. If you have a question concerning your situation in the class, please feel free to speak with your instructor.

Students who are not passing now (total of course points from the two tests is less than 150) should have a very good reason if they decide NOT to withdraw from the course. Students in the "D" range (150-164 total points) are also in serious danger of not passing. The material for Exams 3 and 4 is more difficult than anything covered so far. Even though there is still certainly time to improve your course grade, recognize that Exams 3 and 4 are more challenging than the exams you have already taken. Students often believe that if they work very hard they can recoup their missed knowledge and do well enough on the final exam. Historically, this plan does not work. The great majority of students perform the same or a bit worse on the final exam than they do in the rest of the course.

If you do decide to withdraw or to change your grade option, be sure to do so prior to the deadline AND check the system to make sure that your transaction was processed accurately. Petitions for late withdrawals are not often accepted. It is suggested that you re-read the website information on Late Withdrawals and Incompletes.

One final piece of advice: If you decide to change from a letter grade option to a Pass/Fail option, do not become complacent. Do not mentally take the pressure off of yourself because "I ONLY need to do 'D' work to get the 'P'." Students who adopt this attitude are usually surprised to find that their resulting performance isn't sufficient. It is not a "Pass/Pass" option, it is "Pass/FAIL."