The cutoffs for all of the final grades will not be
determined until after I grade the final.
Copies of the three tests are now posted on the "Homework"
There will be a review session lead by a member of the
Society of Physics Students on Wednesday, December 17th, at 7:30PM in NPB2205
(up the stairs and near the elevator).
The final version of the formula sheet is now available on
the Homework page.
Issues regarding the final exam A number
of students have requested to take the final exam earlier than Dec 18. These
are reasonable requests, but the logistics are too complicated.
Here is an alternative that might satisfy your desire to
start your vacation early. A major part of your grade is determined by the four
tests given in class and the final exam. Currently, everyone is allowed to drop
the lowest of the in-class tests.
If you wish to take advantage of this option, then you must
request the alternative via email to me, before taking the third
in-class test! (That is before the beginning of class on December 5.)
I will then take the sum of your four in-class tests, and scale the total to
match a number comparable to what you might have received if you had followed
the initial rules for the test grades. However, and this is a big
*HOWEVER*, if you choose this alternative before the beginning
of class on December 5, then you will forfeit the opportunity to take
the final exam.
It is important to note that if you take all four tests
and have not emailed me before the third test, then you
must take the final exam at its scheduled time. If you do not
take the final exam, under those circumstances, then your grade will be an
A histogram of your score on the first class test has been
posted in the "Homework" link in the upper lefthand corner of this web page.
This should give you some indication of how you are doing in comparison with
The reading assignments on the calendar are being modified.
The assignments should be read before the class period, and they will usually
(but not always) be related to the lectures.
Late homework will not be graded, because I
will go over the homework as soon as your homework solutions
are handed in.
Follow the Homework link above, on the left, for both the
reading assignments and the homework problems. You are encouraged to work
together on the homework, but your solutions must be in your own