Physics 203 - grading
Rules for conduct in class
- always conduct youself according to the
Duke Undergraduate Honor Code - even if you are a graduate student!
- show up in time for class - regular attendance will influence grading!
- no consumption of food or beverages during class: if the instructor
has to wait for his lunch, so do you!
- audio-visual entertainment is provided solely by listening to
the instructor: newspapers, MP3-players and walkmen are not considered
substitutes and should remain stowed away!
- take notes! - even though the material will closely follow the
listed text-books, reading in a text-book is no
substitute for taking (and repeatedly) going over your own notes...
- ask questions, ask questions, ask questions -
the instructor's job is to teach you - you should take full advantage of the
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:
The grading scheme for homework, mid-term and final exams is listed in the following
| 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.
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).
- copying the solution to a problem from any source (neighbor, book, notes etc.) during the
- leaving class during an exam to consult outside sources (fellow students,
instructors, books, notes etc.)
about the solution to a problem
- using unauthorized technical devices (e.g. computers, programmable calculators) to
aid the solution of a problem
- copying the solution of a homework problem from a fellow student
(you may work together
in study groups to discuss how to solve a specific problem, but the
solution you turn in must have been written down by yourself alone without consulting
notes or material used in the study group)
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