Final Exam

Thursday December 13th, 2:15PM in P113

8 questions in total

  • 3 on material from before midterm 2
  • 1 on fluids
  • 1 on oscillations
  • 1 on waves/sound
  • 2 on thermodynamics

You may bring three handwritten sheets of notes which can have anything you want on them, and you can write on both sides of the sheet of paper.

You should bring a calculator. Any kind of calculator is acceptable. It should be able to perform scientific functions (especially trig), but does not need to have graphing capabilities. Your calculation device should not allow you to access the internet, send and receive messages or play Angry Birds.

There will be a review session in Physics B-131 on Tuesday 12/11 from 10AM-12PM.

You can get past exams and solutions from the links below. Note that there has been a small shift in the emphasis of the exams (this year there will be 1 less question on thermodynamics, one more on pre-midterm 2 material).

Fall 2010 Final Exam

Final 2010 Solutions

Fall 2011 Final Exam

Final 2011 Solutions

Fall 2012 Final Exam

Final Exam Scores

The final exam was designed to be challenging in parts. Still, the average score was 80.7%, demonstrating that the class is performing at a very high level. A histogram of the exam scores is shown below.

Overall Scores

Here is the histogram of the overall scores taking into account all work done this semester. Congratulations to all of you who managed to keep above the magic 85% number. To those of you who managed to clear this number by a wide margin: Please ask me to write you a letter of recommendation some time.

Video of Review Session