New Week 6 – Review & Final Exam

Step 1: Week 6 Kickoff Meeting – Monday 10:10 am

  • Join us for the weekly live meeting and lecture via the link in Canvas
    (or watch the recording later)
  • Agenda: Recap of grading policy, walkthough of review assignment and resources, announce dates/times of remaining online meetings, reminder of date/time for final exam next week (Wednesday May 6 from 9-10 am)
  • Please fill out the surveys below before you do anything else this week!

Step 2: Fill out three course surveys

There are three course evaluation surveys for you to fill out. The first and third are anonymous and cannot be read by me until after I have submitted final grades. The middle one will have your name on it but it will not affect your grade in any way and I hope you will leave honest feedback.

  • The official JMU survey with our usual department evaluation form – Invitations to complete course evaluations have been sent to you from the Office of the Registrar. You can also access the evaluation system through MyMadison in the LH column under your student tab. Please click from your email or MyMadison. Please take the time to leave written comments whenever possible, because I do read these and learn a lot from them.
  • An online ideas survey for our class where you can share ideas for online teaching in possible future courses
  • A short online learning experiences survey for the math/stat department –

Step 3: WebAssign review homework

  • Log into WebAssign from Canvas and start the Chapter 7 Review homework
  • Be sure to use the e-book when you need help and to look at relevant definitions, theorems, and examples
  • Review Topic #1: Riemann Sums and Definite Integrals 
    • Watch the video walkthrough for Chapter 7 Review #1
    • Reread Sections 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3 in the WebAssign ebook
    • Look back to the Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 pages
    • Problems 1-3 review sigma notation by asking you to calculate summations by expanding, applying formulas, and possibly applying limits. All three of these are basically the same problem, except that the first one doesn’t have a limit. Handling summations like these is one of the trickiest things in the chapter, so I wanted to make sure you had a lot of practice on the review assignment.
    • Problems 4-5 ask you to solve definite integrals using geometry (that is, with pictures and areas of shapes) and using properties of definite integrals (combining other known definite integrals).
    • Problems 6-7 are about calculating Riemann sums, but no sigma notation is needed to do these two problems. Be sure that you know how to do problems like these by drawing a picture, sketching the correct rectangles, and then simply calculating and adding up the areas of those rectangles, without any fancy notation.
  • Review Topic #2: Indefinite Integrals
    • Watch the video walkthrough for Chapter 7 Review #2
    • Reread Section 7.4 in the WebAssign ebook
    • Look back to Week 4 in the right sidebar
    • Problems 11-15 are indefinite integrals that can be solved with basic antidifferentiation rules. Some of the problems may require algebra first, before those antidifferentiation rules apply. Please note that not all possible integral types are included here, so do additional practice from the e-book if needed to prepare for the final exam.
    • Problems 16-18 are harder indefinite integrals that may require a guess-and-check technique. You may have to recognize the integrand as the “result” of a chain, product, or quotient rule calculation to make an initial guess. Remember you can always check your answers by differentiating, and then update your guesses accordingly until you arrive at a working answer.
  • Review Topic #3: The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
    • Watch the video walkthrough for Chapter 7 Review #3
    • Reread Section 7.5 in the WebAssign ebook
    • Look back to Week 5 in the right sidebar
    • Problems 19-22 are basic definite integrals that can be solved using the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and fairly simple antidifferentiation. Please note that not all possible integral types are included here, so do additional practice from the e-book if needed to prepare for the final exam.
    • Problems 23-25 ask you to solve more challenging definite integrals. Note that you may need to do some guess-and-check work in order to get past the antidifferentiation step.
  • EXTENDED DUE DATE: This assignment is due the night before the final exam, on Tuesday, May 5, at 11:59pm

Step 4: Take a break

  • Give yourself some time to rest this week. You’ve almost made it through this crazy semester!

Step 5: Attend online help meetings or seek help other ways

  • USUAL DROP-IN TIME: Zoom session 4-6pm Thursday 4/30 (link in Canvas)
    • Or, if you can’t attend, watch the recording (link to be added in Canvas later)
    • Agenda: Discuss wekly updates, get math help, ask Dr. Taalman anything
  • EXTRA DROP-IN TIME: Bonus Zoom session 4-6pm Monday 5/4 (link in Canvas)
  • If you need help now or at any point: For math questions, use Canvas Chat or Discussion, or contact the SMLC. For other questions text Dr. Taalman directly.

Step 6: Take the FINAL EXAM – Wednesday May 6 at 9:00 AM

  • SYNCHRONOUS EXAM: The Final Exam will be held during of our official exam time: Wednesday, May 6, 9-10 am
  • How this will work: I will post a link to a Zoom call in Canvas that you can click on at 9am on Wednesday, May 6. After briefly going over the ground rules for the exam I will give you a code that will allow you to open the exam in Canvas. Once you start the exam you will have 45 minutes to complete it. You must complete and submit the exam before 10am.
  • What will be on the final: The questions on the final exam will come from a randomized bank of problems that are based on the WebAssign Review Assignment. This does not mean that they will be the same questions, or that the questions will be asked in identical ways. In particular, you may be asked to show work or ask questions about the solution process for various problems, rather than just giving final answers.
  • How long will the final be, and what will it be worth? The final will be about the length of two Mastery Quizzes, although some questions may be more in depth or have multiple parts. It will be worth twice a Mastery Quiz, which means 6 points, and will be counted as part of your During-COVID grade, which will then be averaged with your Before-COVID grade to get your earned course grade for the semester. See the updated Grades page for more information.