Practice Problems

DSC 10 at UC San Diego

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

  1. As discussions. Each discussion page contains problems about a particular topic. Come to in-person discussion sections to work on discussion problems with the help of our course staff.
  2. As practice exams. Work through these in the weeks leading up to exams.

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.

Tip: Keep the DSC 10 Reference Sheet open in another tab. You will have access to the Reference Sheet during exams (but no other resources).

Discussions in Spring 2023

Solutions to discussion worksheets will be made available on Wednesday evenings.

Week Date Topic(s)
1 April 5th Getting Started with Jupyter Notebooks
2 April 12th Python Basics, Arrays, and DataFrames
3 April 19th Querying, Grouping, and Plotting
4 April 26th Functions, Subgroups, Merge, and Control Flow
5 May 3rd Probability and Simulation
6 May 10th Hypothesis Testing
7 May 17th Permutation Testing and Bootstrapping
8 May 24th The Normal Distribution
9 May 31st The Central Limit Theorem
10 June 7th Regression


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
Winter 2023 Janine Tiefenbruck Midterm
Fall 2022 Suraj Rampure, Puoya Tabaghi, Janine Tiefenbruck Midterm
Summer 2022 Sam Lau Final
Spring 2022 Janine Tiefenbruck Midterm
Winter 2022 Suraj Rampure Midterm
Fall 2021 Suraj Rampure, Janine Tiefenbruck Midterm
Winter 2021 Janine Tiefenbruck Midterm

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