Final examination

The MATH 101 final examination will take place on Friday, April 21, from noon–2:30 PM. Make sure that any travel plans you might make don't conflict with sitting the exam at this time. The final exam will cover the entire syllabus for the course.

The location of your final exam depends on your section:

UBC has very detailed policies about what constitutes a conflict with a final examination and what constitutes an exam hardship that requires rescheduling. If you have difficulties, disabilities, religious conflict, or three exams in a 24-hour period, check that web page to find out how to request an accommodation.

Preparing for the final exam

You should bring your UBC student ID to the final, as well as something to write with. (Pens are preferred, but pencils are allowed as long as they write darkly enough to be easily read. Ren pens are not allowed.) The final is completely closed book: you cannot bring any books or notes of any kind with you. Also, you cannot use calculators on the final. You will not be allowed to have phones, pencil cases, digital watches, or other electronic devices out while taking the final, nor will you be allowed to use headphones or earbuds; you will not be allowed to wear a baseball cap or any other hat with a brim.

The Math Exam/Education Resources wiki has final exams from the past several years. The makers of this resource (graduate students in mathematics) have tagged the problems according to topic, and they have included hints and solutions as well. You can find old final exams on the Mathematics department web page as well. It will also help you to review the list of MATH 101 learning outcomes.

Practice final examination

We have posted a practice final examination. As the best study strategy, we recommend setting aside 2½ hours to take the practice final exam under exam conditions (closed book, no phones). The solutions to the practice final have now been posted as well.

In addition to providing content on which to test your mastery of the course material, the practice final exam gives you a very good idea of what the actual final exam will look like. On the cover, you see that your name, student number, and section will all be preprinted for you. (You can ignore the sort number—that is literally to help the instructors sort the hundreds of exams.) You can also read the rules governing UBC examinations, and you see that you will sign the exam to affirm that you understand and will abide by those rules. You also see how many problems there will be of different lengths. There will be two versions of the final exam (note the large “1” on the front page of the practice final exam), to ensure that your neighbors will have different versions from you and thus eliminate the temptation to look at their papers. Note that the final exam has 75 points worth of problems; since you have 150 minutes for the exam, you can expect to allocate roughly 2 minutes per point to a given problem (for example, 14 minutes to a 7-point problem.)

Special circumstances

From the Faculty of Science web site: "Students who miss a final exam due to illness or extreme personal distress and would like to apply for a deferred exam (a.k.a. SD) must report to the Science Information Centre within 48 hours of the missed exam...." Your performance in a course up to the exam is taken into consideration in granting a deferred exam status (for example, failing badly generally means you won't be granted a deferred exam). In Mathematics, generally students sit the next available exam for the course they are taking, which could be several months after the original exam was scheduled.

A student who wishes to view their final exam for pedagogic purposes may initiate this process by filling out the appropriate Mathematics department form. Note that this viewing of a final exam cannot change the grade of a final exam (except in the case of an obvious addition or recording error). Requesting a regrade of a final exam would be done at the university level by initiating a review of assigned standing procedure.