Final Exams – I’m Working Harder Than Them … Again
Posted June 8, 2011on:
My final exam next year will…
- begin with a multiple choice section on basic concepts & terminology
- have lots of basic problems with multiple choice answers
- have a very small written portion – I’m keeping the Road Runner cartoon, it’s my favorite part
- be graded in under two hours
One of the questions this year asked the students to discuss three principles used in their Rube Goldberg project and explain the application of the principle. I was looking for concepts like inertia, momentum, kinetic energy, and force. I just graded a paper where the principles listed were ball, dog, and ball.
If it’s multiple choice, I won’t have to learn that after a full year of physics, one of my students thinks “dog” is a physics concept. I just wish it was a joke and not the truth.