```Preparing for Exams
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• Exam format
• Number of questions: about 15 multiple choice, which will be machine graded.
• Questions will test understanding of concepts and solving problems.
• Material covered: see syllabus.
• Bring some pens, pencils, a calculator and backup batteries.
• You may bring an 8.5 x 11" two-sided sheet of notes in your own handwriting (no xerox copies).
• Preparing for exams
• Study together with another person(s) in the class if possible and discuss the material.
• Review lecture notes and textbook.
• Reread assigned sections of the book with emphasis on lecture and lab/workshop materials.
• Read the short Summary at the end of each Chapter. Do you recognize each topic and do you agree that the summary is correct?
• Go over assigned problems with which you had difficulty.
• When going over problems, do not attempt to memorize how each problems is solved. It is unlikely that identical questions that appeared in homework will be in the exams. Rather try to discover general strategies and principles that are common to various problems.
• Draw a diagram depicting the physical situation in the problem. Draw a graph, a vector diagram, or other pictures that help you visualize and understand what part is given and what is being asked.
• As you work on the problems, start making notes with a list of key ideas and formulas. Practise to apply them in other problems
• Go over the review questions and relevant problems from the practice exam. Keep in mind that the exam format will be multiple choice, and the syllabus this year may differ slightly from previous years. Initially, work on these problems without the help of text and notes: just work with the formulas that you have chosen to include on your summary sheet (and will have available at the actual exam).
• Make your own summary of key ideas and formulae. Understand the quantities that play a role in these formulas and the relationship among them as specified by the formulas. This summary may be brought to the exam on a single sheet of paper as described above.
• Do NOT attempt to memorize all formulas that appear in the book as most apply only in special cases. Actually, part of your understanding is deciding which are the few basic formulas and how to apply them correctly.