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Unformatted text preview: Exam Tips Jonathan L.F. King University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611-2082, USA [email protected] Webpage http://www.math.ufl.edu/ ∼ squash/ 23 April, 2011 (at 22:50 ) Reading Have a sheet of paper called something like Ques- tions/Ideas . When reading the text, when doing homework, have this sheet convenient and write down things which puzzle you, ideas you have ( “Will this shortcut work?”, “Is this step valid?” ) When reading an example: Write the given problem down, close the text, and work hard on the problem for twenty-or-so minutes. Compare your approach with that of the text. If you find an error in the text, write it down on Ques- tions/Ideas. Writing Write in complete sentences. Each sentence should start with a capital letter and end with a period . A good way to get the hang of this is to read sentences from textbooks out loud . This way you force yourself to pronounce math sym- bols and gives you the facility to put math into sentence form. If you introduce a new letter, write down a phrase saying what the letter means . For exam- ple “Let d denote the distance from the centroid to the line.” Be specific! Here is a better version of the preceding sentence: “Let d denote the perpendicular dis- tance from the centroid of the region R to the line L .” Sometimes, a carefully drawn and labeled picture can help define a quantity.can help define a quantity....
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