MATH 160 - Higher Arithmetic
Relevant course material will be made available on this webpage
as the course progresses.
Sun Jan 6: Course Outline, MS .doc file.
Sun Jan 6: Math Fair website
Sun Jan 6: Math Fair article, 2002
Tue Jan 15: Assignment #1 (due Wed Jan 23)
Mon Jan 21: Assignment #2 (due Wed Jan 30)
Tues Jan 29: Assignment #3 (due Wed Feb 6)
Mon Feb 4: Math Fair Proposals are due
Wed Feb 13
Thu Feb 14: Assignment #4 (due Wed Mar 5)
Thu Feb 14: Assignment Solutions for Assignments 1-3 will be posted on the 4th floor of CAB Friday morning (in the
display case closest to the elevators / main staircase.)
Fri Feb 15: Your can expect your midterm to have similar problems to these old midterms from 2003:
Tues Mar 18: The Math Fair Write-Up Deadline Has Been Extended!
Tues Mar 18: Math Fair Write-Up Guideline
Wed Mar 19: Assignment #5 (due Wed Mar 26)
Wed Mar 19: Edmonton
Journal's Video Coverage of the
Wed Mar 19: Edmonton Journal's Paper Coverage of the Math Fair (.pdf form)
Mon Mar 31: Assignment #6 (due Fri April 4)
Mon Mar 31: Assignment #7 (due Fri April 11)
Thu Apr 3: 2003 Final Exam in .pdf format
Sun Apr 6: Final Exam Review Sheet
Sun Apr 6: Assignment solutions for Assignments 4,5,6 are available at
the 4th floor C.A.B. display case nearest the elevators.
Thu Apr 10: The schedule (including place and
time) for final exams can be found here
Fri Apr 11: The final exam is in CEB 255 (The building adjoining to the C.A.B.), at 9am, on Monday,
Fri Apr 11: I will have office hours on Friday, April 18th, from 10am to 2pm. Feel free to contact me if
you want to arrange for an alternate time on that same day.
On Tues April 15, Maximus Takeshi Nastos was born weighing 7lbs 5oz.
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Final Exam FAQ:
Q: Why was the exam so hard?
Ans: The class average going into the final was about 86-87%. Instead of giving Cs or Ds with people in the 70s or
even low 80s, the exam was designed to create a final grade distribution with more separation to determine where the
letter grades should most appropriately be assigned.
Q: Am I going to fail?
Ans: No, you won't fail. Everyone has passed this term.
Q: Why didn't you give us answers for the review sheet?
Ans: As you saw, I wasn't kidding when I said some of those problems will be on the exam. I think it is enough of
a bonus to know what possible questions will appear on the exam. Giving the questions and the answers to exam
questions two weeks before the exam would just make it silly.
Q: Why are you being mean to us?
Ans: I'm not - I just want to be able to give credit to those people who understand the concepts well enough to
answer the challenging questions.
Q: But everyone did poorly. What if the marks turn out to be too low?
Ans: In the case that the grades are lower than what I was aiming for, then there will be a 'boost' of sorts... If
there is a large number of people with grades in the high-50s, then maybe a 58 would earn a C. Or I would make the exam
out of a total that is smaller than the original 90 marks... Marking it out of 75 would boost all the marks as so then
a C would appropriately be assigned to someone earning a 65%.
Q: What was my exam mark?
Ans: You can email me and I can let you know as soon as it is available.
The Results Are In!
The final exam average was 55.5% and so the mark will remain out of 90.
Marks ranged from 15/90 to 84/90 on the exam. I was quite pleased and impressed by the overall performance as it
was a challenging exam.
Final grades ranged from 51% to 94% with an average of 73%
The grade distribution looks as follows: (note that A and A+ are both worth 4.0 towards your GPA, and over a
quarter of the class gets this 4.0 this term)
A+ 2 people
A 10 people
A- 5 people
B+ 1 person
B 4 people
B- 8 people
C+ 3 people
C 3 people
C- 4 people
D+ 0 people
D 5 people
F 0 people
Thank you for the enjoyable term! Have yourselves a good summer.