Preparation for the first exam, Math 151:07-09, fall 2007

General instructions
The cover sheet for your exam will state:

Show your work. An answer alone may not receive full credit.
No texts, notes, or calculators may be used on this exam.

From the course coordinator
The course coordinator (who will be the principal author of the final exam) has prepared
some review problems for the first exam. You will work on these during part of your class meeting on Wednesday, October 10. There will also be time for questions during that meeting. Prepared students should find this very useful.
Here are answers to those review problems.

First exam formula sheet
The course coordinator has prepared a formula sheet which will be handed out with your exam. I suggest that you get familiar with what is on the sheet. Students who need to consult any formula sheets extensively tend to be students who are not adequately prepared. They generally don't do well.

One of my old exams
I will write your first exam. I gave Math 151 last year. Here is a link to the first exam in that course, and here is a link to some answers. I strongly suggest that students try to answer the questions before looking at these answers.

Differences, this year/last year
The textbook has changed. Please note several differences between what was examined last year and what is eligible for this exam. The Chain Rule is eligible (section 3.7). But note, again, that we have not yet discussed limx-->infinity and limx-->-infinity and there will be no questions about such limits. We will cover such limits later (horizontal asymptotes). Please be aware (hint!) that limits whose values are +infinity and -infinity have been featured in the text (vertical asymptotes).

Review Session
I'll have a review session on Thursday evening, October 11, at 7 PM in SEC 206. This is not intended to be a substitute for your own work. You must prepare by doing homework problems, workshop problems, and the supplied review problems by yourself or with others. If I could do things by watching others, I would easily hit 50 major league home runs each year. Attendance at this session will not be adequate preparation for students who have done little work on their own.
I've thought about the review session, and for my own use prepared this summary of the topics which I will use to prepare for the review session.

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