ASTR 100 (Hamilton)
EXAM I (100 points)
Tuesday, March 2

Details of the Exam

The exam will be given during lecture on Tuesday March 2 (normal time and place - PHYS 1412 9:30am - 10:45am). I will ask you to wait outside in the hall until the TAs and I have the exams laid out on the seats in the classroom. Please be patient! Swing by the restrooms if you need to, because after the test begins, you will not be allowed to leave the room and return. The exam should take no more than 75 minutes to complete, so you should have plenty of time. Bring a #2 pencil to the exam - notes, books, and calculators, and electronic devices are not allowed! Just you and the pencil.

There will be 40 multiple choice question worth 1.5 points each. For each one, choose the best answer from the available choices. In addition, there will be a short answer section with four questions worth a total of 40 points. A few of these may involve interpreting mathematical equations, however, any equations that you need will be given to you so you don't need to memorize them. No need to memorize numbers like the mass of the Sun either. Some questions may involve interpreting diagrams. Written responses to short answer questions will be graded on completeness and brevity. Write enough to fully answer the qeustions (and answer them well), but do not round out your answer with a lot of fluff that wanders off-topic. It is always a good idea to go back and re-read the question after you have finished to make sure that you have answered it as completely and consisely as possible!

The exam will cover the lecture material through February 25, and the material in the book through Chapter 5. Since we are still behind in lectures/sections, the Chapter 5 material will be deemphasized, perhaps amounting to just 10% of the exam. If you have been keeping up in the class by attending lecture and section, reading and studying the book, reviewing your notes, doing your homework, and going over your corrected homeworks with the solution sets, you should be in good shape to take the midterm. It is a good idea to review this material again during the week before the midterm so that it will be fresh in your mind. Don't just cram the night before the exam!

Review Session

There will be a review session in our classroom PHYS1412 on Monday, March 1 from 7:00pm-9:00pm led by some of the TAs (Brian, Bryan, and Erin). Please bring lots of questions to the review session; this is your chance get help from an expert!

Extended Office Hours

Extra Office Hours? You got it! Dr. Hamilton will hold extra office hours Monday March 1 from 10:00am-3:00pm. We he gets tired, TA Erin will take over with her usual 3:00-5:00pm office hours. But wait, there's more! Your best ASTR100 aid is the review session from 7:00-9:00pm. That's 9 hours of concentrated Astro!

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