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WPI CS1102 Final Exam Prep Guide CS 1102 : Preparing for the Final Exam Goals for the Final The final tests your skills at identifying and implementing languages, as well as working with the other concepts introduced since the midterm. The exam is not cumulative in the sense that all questions on the final will focus on material since the midterm. However, it is cumulative in the sense that you can expect to write some Scheme functions on the final. Expect the final to be at a similar level of difficulty/complexity as the midterm. The exam is open book (but closed laptop). The open book policy (further down on this page) details what you may and may not bring, and suggests which materials you may find more useful to have on hand. On Wednesday, Oct 10, all three lab sessions will be run as review/Q&A sessions for the final. Attendance is optional and you can go to as many sessions as you'd like. The TAs can go over sample exam solutions or any other questions during this time. Exam Topics All material covered since the midterm is fair game for the final. In particular, we expect that you: Can write data definitions for the language underlying a problem (similar to the design phase for the project). This includes being able to identify the parts of a language (data, commands, control, etc) in a problem domain. Can write (or augment) a small interpreter for a language (as we did for slideshow, tutoring systems, tax forms and the structure-based state machine simulator). Know the difference between functions and macros, when to use each, and how to implement each. Can identify details of a language that one might want to hide behind macros (or some other way of making cleaner syntax).
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