Physics 203 - grading

Rules for conduct in class

Grading

Good grades have to be earned: they are not presented to you for being nice to the instructor or paying your tuition fee! Good grades are awarded for superior and hard work: graded material includes homeworks, one take home midterm exam, the comprehensive final exam and class participation (including regular presence in class). The breakdown of the grades is:

Homework 45%
Midterm Exam 25%
Final Exam 30%

The grading scheme for homework, mid-term and final exams is listed in the following table:

grade % of total points
A+ 93.0% - 100%
A 86.0% - 92.9%
A- 79.0% - 85.9%
B+ 72.0% - 78.9%
B 65.0% - 71.9%
B- 58.0% - 64.9%
C+ 51.0% - 57.9%
C 44.0% - 50.9%
C- 37.0% - 43.9%
D+ 30.0% - 36.9%
D 23.0% - 29.9%
F less than 22.9%

It is the privilege of the instructor to modify this scheme to deal with unusual situations (such as weak class performance). However, you can rely on never being graded worse than in that table - e.g. if you score 65% of the total available points you will never be graded worse than B.

Academic Misconduct

The following actions are examples of academic misconduct: Homework problems which appear to have not been solved individually will lead to 0 points for the respective problem for all parties involved (i.e. for all identical sets of solutions turned in).

Cheating during the mid-term or final exams will lead to an F in the respective exam, without any prior warnings. An F in the final exam is equivalent to failing the class.


Last Modified: 13-Dec-02
bass@phy.duke.edu