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CS 415 - Programming Languages - Exams


This course will have two midterm examinations and one final examination. The final examination is cumulative.


You are allowed to bring two paper-sides notes (either one page, front and back or two fronts). You may laser-print them using some micro font if you like, but it won't really help you: you'll spend all of your time squinting and looking up information on your cheat sheet.

The exams are not open book. You may not use electronic devices of any kind.

Hints from Wes For Midterm 1

I have decided to provide "follow along" examples: You can use these to help you study for Midterm 1.

Information For Midterm 2

Midterm 2 will cover lectures 10 - 21 and all readings, WAs and PAs in that timeframe. It does not cover parsing.

Major topics include:

Minor topics include: This list is not necessarily exhaustive. There have been particular hints in lecture about potential questions.

Hints For The Final

The final exam will take place on Saturday May 3 from 9am to Noon in the regular classroom for CS 415.

In general, all of the topics covered in the course (either in lecture, in the written assignments, in the programming assignments or in the required reading) are fair game. The following list of topics is not necessarily exhaustive (although it is close); you are responsible for all of the material.

Within the large topics of Typing and Opsem, "basic questions" (e.g., "what is operational semantics?") will be worth proportionally more points than "advanced questions" (e.g., "give an opsem rule for this new pyscho for loop").

The "big" topics won't necessarily be huge parts of the exam time-wise or space-wise, they'll just be worth more points. For example, it's not clear that there are massive detailed questions we can ask about each such topic, but whatever we do ask will be weighted heavily.

The final exam is not open book but allows two page-sides of notes (created by you, but not necessarily hand-written). Don't go overboard with the cheat sheat -- if you're bringing in something that requires its own index, for example, you'll probably lose more time looking stuff up than you save by having it written down.

Practice Exams

Here are some practice exams from other similar courses at other universities. These courses are not exactly the same as this one, so these practice exams may not be indicative.