As you probably know, classes for next week have been canceled as well. This means that we will have only four class periods left during the semester. Under these circumstances, I do not want to devote an entire class period to a midterm, so I am going to create two one-hour long tests to administer during our final exam period. The first will be the midterm and the second will be the final. This will preserve the structure of the course, which permits you to substitute your final exam grade for your lowest previous midterm grade.
Technically (just as on the original syllabus) you do not have to take the midterm. If you like, you may simply take the final and spend the entire two hours on it. If you do this, the grade you get on the final will count twice. But I will design each test so that it is reasonable to complete them in an hour.
A reasonable question is whether you may simply take the midterm and apply it to the final. The answer to this question is no.
I'll post at least one more time next week to clarify homework expectations.
Have a good Thanksgiving!