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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

MS221 exam close by

I copied this from a post by "Tma Machine" :

Here’s how a rough outline of what’s in the 2008 paper (hopefully this won’t constitute copyright infringement!):

Part 1
Question 1: Finding a closed form for a recurrence system
Question 2: Identifying and sketching a conic
Question 3: Stating the rule for some isometries, and for a composite isometry, and then using the double-angle and half-angle formulas to show a result
Question 4: Classifying fixed points of a curve, then sketching the graph of the curve and using graphic iteration construction
Question 5: Identifying basic linear transformations, applying them to a vector, and stating an invariant line for each one
Question 6: Finding eigenvalues, eigenlines and eigenvectors.
Question 7: Differentiation
Question 8: Integration
Question 9: Finding and manipulating Taylor series about 0, and classifying stationary points
Question 10: Finding the modulus and argument of a complex number, converting them from Cartesian to polar form and vice versa, and using the formula for powers of complex numbers.
Question 11: Using Euclid’s Algorithm and working with exponential ciphers.
Question 12: Combining variable propositions, finding a case for which a given proposition is false, and finding the converse of a proposition.

Part 2
Question 13: Looks like it’s about conics, but I haven’t done this one yet.
Question 14: Linear transformations
Question 15: I haven’t done this one yet either, but it looks like it involves differentiation, integration and stationary points.
Question 16: Groups

I sort of expected this, so I am not surprised. But I am not entirely ready for the exam yet. I still have several weaknesses but I am confident I can handle these in time. To be honest I wished the exam was over and done with. It is obviously my objective to score in the 90-100 because that is what I score for TMAs. But I check, doublecheck, re-check my TMAs at least two times. That makes a lot of difference.

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