Midterm Exam

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Updated: 8/26/2007

__Coverage__

The syllabus states that this exam covers sections
**1.1** to **9.6** of the text.
This is material covered in problems assigned in **HW-01** through
the problems in **HW-13**, plus any review problems included in
the "Review Quiz" assignment. Note that I will now assume that everyone
can use the derivative to find a velocity from a position function
even though we skipped that topic when we studied Chapter 2.

You should anticipate problems different from those that appeared on exams 1 and 2 (extended to cover the last part of chapter 7), plus problems on the new material on gravity (chapter 8) and problems on momentum (chapter 9). When looking at old exams, be aware of the fact that previous textbooks covered some of this material in a different sequence and that some of those exams were given earlier in the semester, when we had covered less material. Problems on rotation, moment of inertia, torque, rotational kinetic energy, rolling problems, and rotational power will only appear on Exam 3.

__Study Suggestions__

If you have not already done so, you should work out any problems
from the first exams that you had trouble with and be sure you
understand the __concepts__ involved --
**and how to tell that you should
apply that concept to that problem**.
(This last point becomes more significant as the scope of an
exam becomes broader than it had been before.)
The same comment applies to any homework problems on those same topics.

We are at the middle point in the semester, so this is also an excellent opportunity to use your study time to "prune" your list of equations down to the core ones you need to do any problem.

Since this exam can't have as many problems as the previous exams put toghether, it is unlikely to have a problem on it that was not important enough to be on those other exams or a quiz. The exception would be a topic that we spent a fair amount of time on (and that you probably studied when preparing for an exam) but that was displaced from an exam due to lack of space.

__Reminder:__

I do not ask any long, involved problems on exams
so there is no need to worry about complex HW problems.
I do sometimes pose problems that are a well-defined part
of a longer (possibly complex) problem so you should be sure
you understand how to do each step in a problem.

__Practice Exam Problems__

I have started assembling a collection of old exams in a separate directory. At present, these include mostly midterm exams.

Contact me if you have any questions.