💪 Practice Problems

DSC 10 at UC San Diego


This site contains practice problems taken from old DSC 10 exams. We’ve organized problems in a few ways:

  1. As extra practice problem sets. Each problem set contains problems about a particular topic. Come to extra practice sessions to work on these problem sets in groups, with the help of our course staff.
  2. As practice exams. Work through these in the weeks leading up to exams.
  3. As quizzes. Work through these to practice for quizzes.

In all cases, you should work on these problems on paper, since your exams will also be on paper. Even though you will see some multiple choice bubbles, you intentionally cannot select them.


🧮 Pretest

DSC 10’s only prerequisite is high school algebra. In order to gauge your preparedness for the type of math you’ll see in this class, you should work through these practice problems on your own. You will not submit it, and it will not be graded, but it will help you identify any gaps in your background knowledge and it will teach you some useful test-taking skills.


💯 Extra Practice Problem Sets for Winter 2024

Week Date Topic(s)
1 January 12 Python Basics
2 January 19 Arrays, DataFrames, Querying, and Grouping
3 January 26 Data Visualizations, Functions, and Applying
4 February 2 Grouping on Multiple Columns, Merging, Conditional Statements, Iteration, Probability
5 February 9 Simulation and Sampling; Midterm Review
6 February 16 Bootstrapping, Confidence Intervals, Center, Spread, and Standardization
7 February 23 Normal Distribution, Central Limit Theorem, and Sample Sizes
8 March 1 Hypothesis Testing and Total Variation Distance

📝 Exams

Each exam linked here lists the conditions under which the exam was given, including the allotted amount of time and the resources allowed. For the best preparation, work through all the questions on an exam in order under these same conditions, writing down your answers on paper as you go, then check all your answers at the end.

Quarter Instructor(s) Exam
Fall 2023 Rod Albuyeh, Suraj Rampure, Janine Tiefenbruck Midterm
Spring 2023 Suraj Rampure Midterm
Final
Winter 2023 Janine Tiefenbruck Midterm
Final
Fall 2022 Suraj Rampure, Puoya Tabaghi, Janine Tiefenbruck Midterm
Final
Summer 2022 Sam Lau Final
Spring 2022 Janine Tiefenbruck Midterm
Final
Winter 2022 Suraj Rampure Midterm
Final
Fall 2021 Suraj Rampure, Janine Tiefenbruck Midterm
Final
Winter 2021 Janine Tiefenbruck Midterm
Final

🆕 Quizzes

Starting in Fall 2023, quizzes are administered in discussion section. Below, you’ll find an archive of past quizzes. While you’ll find the answers to all quiz questions, you won’t find detailed explanations. For quizzes, you should try to figure out why the answers are what they are on your own, and come to us in office hours if you’re stuck. (Exam questions are harder, hence the detailed explanations.)

Quarter Instructor(s) Quiz
Fall 2023 Rod Albuyeh, Suraj Rampure, Janine Tiefenbruck Quiz 1Quiz 2Quiz 3Quiz 4
Winter 2024 Janine Tiefenbruck Quiz 1Quiz 2Quiz 3

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