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H05 Midterm Practice

H05 Midterm Practice - CS107 J Zelenski Handout#5 Midterm...

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CS107 Handout #5 J Zelenski Oct 23, 2009 Midterm practice Midterm Exam: Friday, Oct 30 11am-12:15pm Location TBA The midterm exam is next Friday in-class. Open book/notes You may bring your textbooks, notes, handouts, code printouts, etc. to refer to during the exam. No computers, phones, PDAs, or other electronic devices may be used. We don't expect you to memorize minutiae and the exam will not focus on them. However, don't let the "open-book" nature delude you into not preparing. There will not be time to (re- )learn the material during the exam. You should be facile and knowledgeable enough to readily answer the questions, relying on your notes only for the occasional detail. Material The exam will concentrate on material covered in the labs and assignments. For the midterm, this means questions that delve into your understanding of strings, pointers, arrays, function pointers, low-level memory manipulation, and data representation. There will light coverage of IA32 assembly. When we ask you to write C code, we will not be picky about syntax errors/oversights (missing braces around several lines of obviously indented code, forgetting to declare an integer variable, don't need #include's etc.), but some small subtleties will matter immensely, e.g., a int** is just one character different than int* , but there is a chasm of difference between the two! Practice You're unlikely to do well on a test if you don't understand the core concepts, but there is no guarantee about the inverse. Some students who are quite accomplished in practice don't manage to demonstrate their proficiency in the exam setting. Writing code on paper with a time limit is not identical to working at the computer. Most students need practice to adapt their skills. Our recommendation is to get out your pencil and paper and sit down with some coding problems to write out solutions in longhand. This is much more valuable than a passive review of the problem and its solution where it is too easy to
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