Final Exam Information: Spring / Summer / Fall

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  1. The final is a specified below (the date is firm) and in UNLV final exam schedule.


  2. The final is comprehensive and will cover:
    1. Ast 103: Planetary Systems IALs 0, 1,2,3,4, 5,6,7,8, 9,10,11, 12,13,14,15,16.
      For 2023 summer, note IALs -1, and 18 are NOT on the final.
      For 2023 summer, the following IALs are NOT covered in class, but they are RHSTs: IAL 13, IAL 18,
    2. Ast 104: Stars & Cosmology IALs: 0,1,2,3,4, 5,6,7,8, 19,20,21,22, 25,26,28,29,30. Note IAL -1: Extended Syllabus and IAL 23 are NOT on the final, but they are RHSTs. IAL 23 is a reading only insofar as it can be read and it has NO homework to self test on.
    3. IALs NOT covered by previous in-class exams and lectured on in class MAY have heavier weighting than the other IALs.
    4. For 2024 Spring, the last 5 covered IALs MAY have ∼ 35 % weighting. So those lectures should be a study priority.
  3. The final will be a 2-hour exam. Except it will be 90 minutes for In-Person Instruction (IPI) summer semesters. It is CLOSED book/notes.
  4. There will be 100 multiple-choice problems. About 50--70 % of them are drawn from homeworks---the rest are NOT---but they are based on the lectures. The final is comprehensive and covers the whole semester.
  5. Final exam solutions for section 1. Yours truly no longer posts exam solutions since makeups go on endlessly.
  6. Final exam solutions for section 2. Yours truly no longer posts exam solutions since makeups go on endlessly.
  7. If you need a makeup, you should email me suggesting a time after consulting the instructor schedule. Note YOU should suggest a time.
  8. Section 1001: final average ???%, standard deviation ???%.
  9. Section 1002: final average ???%, standard deviation ???%.
  10. See me privately about any queries about grading and we will see what we can do.
  11. See me very ASAP about queries since my grades are formally due the Tuesday after finals week at 4 pm (see the relevant Academic Calendars). But effectively they are due earlier because I usually submit them that Tuesday afternoon well before 4 pm. After grades have been submitted, changes are difficult. Purely, clerical errors can be fixed afterward---which is all that is likely with pure multiple-choice exams---but it is still a bother. Reweighting of marked items is virtually forbidden by the registrar. This applies to all courses---so be warned---get any queries about grades in fast before the instructor has submitted his/her grades.