COURSE GRADE

Tests, homework assignments and I-Clicker (keypad) responses will go into making up your final grade. There are three semester tests and a final. Each of the three tests is weighted 100 points. Part 1 of the final (this is a 4th test over the material covered after the 3rd exam and the final) is weighted 100 points. Part 2 of the final (comprehensive over the material of the entire course) is weighted 100 points. Homework is weighted 100 points. Keypad quizzes are worth 100. In summary:

1. Test 1 100 points

2. Test 2 100 points

3. Test 3 100 points

4. Test 4 (part 1 of final)
100 points

5. Comprehensive (part 2 of
final) 100 points

6. Homework 100 points

7, Keypad (class participation/quizzes) 100 points.

Thus there are a total of 700 points. There is NO extra credit in this course.

Grading scale: The numbers below represent the percentage of the 700 possible points. For example, a grade of 90 means 90 percent of 700 which is 630 total points.

97-100 A+

93-96.99 A

90-92.99 A-

87-89.99 B+

83-86.99 B

80-82.99 B-

77-79.99 C+

73-76.99 C

70-72.99 C-

67-69.99 D+

63-66.99 D

60-62.99 D-

Below 60 F

However, to earn a C or better for the course a student must earn a score of 70 or higher on at least one test (this could be test 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or the comprehensive) and have an overall average of 70 or higher.

Tests will be curved, if necessary, to fit the above scale. Do not miss class and do not miss a test! I will drop the lowest grade on the first three tests, so if you miss any one of tests 1, 2, or 3 you are not penalized. There will be no make-ups for tests missed and you cannot miss the final. I will not give a final early or late for anyone, so plan to be there!

There are no make-up homeworks and there are no make-up keypad exercises. If you miss class then you have a zero for that day's keypad no matter what the reason is that you missed class, however I will drop one out of every 10 keypad participation scores. Thus if you must miss a class you are not penalized for your in-class keypad score, provided you miss no more than 10% of these in-class exercises.

If you miss a homework deadline (no matter what the reason) then you can submit late homework up to 48 hours. However your score is reduced by the Mastering Physics system gradually over the next 50 hour period to zero.

If you drop the course then please let me know. Sometimes I do not get this information and this can lead to grade difficulties at the end of the semester.

According to the UNM Schedule of Classes (see link to Final Exam Schedule at http://www.unm.edu/~unmreg), the final
exam is tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 15^{th} from
7:30AM-9:30AM in the regular classroom . There is no
excuse for missing the final exam or for taking it at a different time except
for a real emergency. For example, leaving for the holidays early is not
a real emergency. Students who have many finals on that Friday or who
have a conflict in the times of finals should read the discussion in the Final
Exam Schedule link at http://www.unm.edu/~unmreg of the UNM Office of the
Registrar.