Grade policies

The grade for the course will be determined by use of the following three assessment categories:

An overall score of 90% or better on these assessments guarantees at least an A-; 80% or better guarantees at least a B-; 70% or better guarantees at least a C-; 60% or better guarantees at least a D. These thresholds might be adjusted down at the end of the semester. No individual exams will be curved.

While attendance is not part of the grade, students are strongly encouraged to come to class and participate, as well as do additional (unassigned) problems from the textbook.

Any issues regarding grading for exams or quizzes must be addressed within two weeks of the date it was administered. After that time no score changes will be allowed (the only exception is the final exam).


There will be three 90 minute evening exams during the semester (each contributing 18% to the overall grade), and a 120 minute final exam at the end of the semester (contributing 21% to the overall grade). The three evening exams during the semester are not cumulative; the final will be cumulative. Past exams are available.

The dates of the evening exams will be announced at the start of the semester. The date of the final will not be announced until approximately one month before finals week (do not make any travel plans until the final exam schedule has been announced).

All exams are closed book, closed notes, and no calculator is allowed.


Eleven quizzes will be administered during the semester, during the last 15 minutes of recitation, during weeks when there is not an exam and no quiz during dead week. The two lowest quiz scores will be dropped when determining the final grade.

Each quiz will consist of two randomly chosen problems which, up to small perturbations, are from a list of 10 potential quiz problems. The set of problems will be available at least one week in advance. (By small perturbations this means there might be some changes in the constants or functions leading to slightly different answers; but the method(s) to solve the problem is still the same.)

Hints and final answers (but not intermediate work) will also be posted on the third floor of Carver Hall across from the elevators at least one week in advance. Discussion of the problems with other people, including the instructors and recitation leaders, is allowed and even encouraged.

All quizzes will last for 15 minutes, are closed book, closed notes, and no calculator is allowed.

Online Homework

Online homework will be done with MyMathLab which will automatically enroll students and can be accessed via Canvas. Access to the system can be purchased at the bookstore. If you are having difficulties with accessing the system try clearing your browser history; use another browser; or use another computer.

There will be fourteen online homework assignments. Homework assignments will be due on Sundays before midnight beginning the second week, up to and including dead week. Homework problems may be attempted as often as desired (e.g., press 'similar question') and the four lowest homework scores will be dropped. There will be no makeup homeworks available (including for computer issues or homework attempted past midnight).

Academic dishonesty

Any occurrence of cheating can be reported to the appropriate school authorities. Cheating can result in a failing grade on the quiz, exam, and/or class.

Any regrade request made where there is evidence of alteration to the quiz or exam will be reported as cheating. To help detect such potential alteration some of the exams will be copied prior to being handed back.