Grades

The grade for the course will be weighted in the following manner:

    • 65% Exams (15% each for Exams 1,2,3 and 20% for Final)
    • 18% Quizzes
    • 15% Homework
    • 2% Help hour visit early in the semester

An overall score of 85% or better on these assessments guarantees at least an A-; 75% or better guarantees at least a B-; 65% 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 work 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 evening exams during the semester (each exam lasts 75 minutes), and a Final Exam at the end of the semester (lasting 120 minutes). The three evening exams during the semester are not cumulative; the Final Exam is cumulative.

Exams 1,2,3 will each have seven problems and the lowest problem score for each student on each exam will be dropped. The Final Exam will have ten problems, and the two lowest problem scores will be dropped.

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

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

Twelve quizzes will be administered during the semester, usually at the start of recitations when the previous week was not an exam. The three lowest quiz scores will be dropped.

Each quiz will consist of two randomly chosen problems which, up to small perturbations, are from a list of a publicly available problem bank. (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 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 last for 15 minutes, are closed book, closed notes, and no calculator is allowed.

Homework

Homework will be done online 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, then try clearing your browser history, use another browser, or use another computer. Transferring scores between MyMathLab and Canvas may take up to a week; so if a score does not automatically transfer, wait a few days and it should appear.

There will be 37 homework assignments; these assignments are due on most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays throughout the semester, up to and including dead week. Homework problems may be attempted as often as desired (press 'similar question') and the 7 lowest homework scores will be dropped. There will be no makeup homeworks available for any reasons.

Homework problems might require a calculator or similar computational tool.

Help hour visit

Visiting help hours is a great way to remove confusion and increase understanding. To encourage their utilization a portion of the grade will be based on visiting a help hour as follows:

    • 2% -- Within the first three weeks of the semester, visit any help hour for the course, stay for at least five minutes, and put both name and net-id on a sign-in sheet
    • 1% -- If not done during the first three weeks, but done sometime in weeks four through six

A student can only get this credit once (so going to 50 help hours and signing in will not earn 100% credit for the course); also it is the responsibility of the student to remember to put their name on the sign-in sheet when they go to the help hour. SI sessions do not count.

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 is considered cheating. To help detect such potential alteration some of the exams will be copied prior to being handed back.