The midterm tests are regular one-period (50 mins) "closed book"
exams. They are cumulative, meaning that each of them covers
material up to the class before the test. A page of crib sheet
and a simple calculator (no laptop, notebook, or palm-top
computers pls.) are allowed.
The class participation bonus will be a discretionary score
assigned by me at the end of the semester. This score will be added to
your other scores to determine your overall course grade. I will
assign this score by taking into accout in-class participation, e-mail
exchanges, discussions outside of class, etc. Asking meaningful
question in and outside the classroom does count!