What to Expect on the Midterm Exam
- The midterm exam will have two parts: a written part and a hands-on
lab part. You'll have three hours and twenty minutes total to complete the exam.
- Before you start the exam, you'll turn in your course portfolio,
which I'll grade while you're taking the exam. A page in the syllabus
tells how I want you to organize your portfolio, so it would be
a good idea to review this page now.
- The Written Part will cover material
that you've studied in Unit 1 through Unit 6.
- All problems will
be similar to problems on Homework #1 through Homework #6, or to the practice sheets that we did in class.
- I'll give you a copy of the ASCII table from the textbook.
- On the Lab Part, here are the things I may ask you to
- On the breadboard and in Multisim, build and test a circuit containing several logic gates. I'll give you pin diagrams for any chips that you'll use in building your circuit.
- Convert between binary and decimal well enough to get
a time of 50 seconds or faster on the Binary-Decimal
Challenge Game, and convert between binary and hex well
enough to get a time of 50 seconds or faster on the Binary-Hex
Challenge Game. (You'll have as many tries at this
as you want--you don't have to beat 50 seconds on your first
- You will not be allowed to use a calculator
on the written part's questions covering number
systems (decimal, binary, hexadecimal, and BCD). You will be
allowed to use a calculator (no cell phones) on all other sections
of the written and lab parts.
- You will be allowed to use
one 8.5"-by-11" page of notes (with writing on one side only), written in
your own hand. You will not be
allowed to use other notes, books, or computer (except for the
section of the lab exam that requires Multisim).