## PHY 2049 - Physics 2 with Calculus - Fall 2015

## GRADING POLICY

### Revised Nov.9, 2015

### Final Score Determination

Your final score (100 points max) is the sum of the following:

- three exams: up to 25 points each, 75 points total
- 13 weekly HW assignments : up to 5 points
- 11 weekly discussion session quizzes: up to 20 points combined
- HITT/Participation points: up to 5
**BONUS**points

### Exams

During the semester, there will be two mid-term and one final exams. Each exam will have 20 multiple choice problems (1.25 points per problem; no penalty for wrong answers). Therefore, you can earn as many as

**25 points**on each exam.

Should you have to miss any of the three exams for a

**legitimate**and

**documented**reason,

**one and only one**make-up is possible. The make-up will be offered at the end of the semester; it will be a cumulative exam based on the entire course material.

### Homework

The homework assignments are administered via the WileyPlus online system. You must purchase your personal WileyPlus access code and register at the WileyPlus website.

- The schedule of 13 weekly homework assignments is given at Course Schedule.

- You must click the
**Submit Answer**button for the system to record your response. The HW system will provide you with instant feedback on whether or not your answer is correct, and you will be permitted**five tries (until the due date/time)**to get the answer right, and receive credit. To be accepted, your answer should be**within ±2%**from the correct one. Do not round off numbers in the intermediate calculations to avoid the loss of the precision. Enter your final answer with at least three significant digits.

- The due date and time are on
**Mondays at 10:00 pm**. You will not be able to submit your homework past the deadline, regardless of the reason (participation in various events, sickness, computer system freeze, loss of internet connection, etc.). No make-ups for the missed homework assignments are possible.

To provide some (10%) forgiveness for illnesses and other challenges that life may throw at you, this total score will be divided by 0.9 at the end of the semester. (If the score exceeds 5, it will be truncated at 5.)

[Final HW Score] = [ Sum of 13 HW Scores ] / ( 0.9 x [Max possible HW points] ) x

**5**.

### Discussion section quizzes

During the discussion sections, you will be given 15-min quizzes with a problem very similar to one of those from the preceding HW assignments. Each quiz is graded on the 10-point scale, with a one-point step.

- The schedule of quizzes is given at Course
Schedule. Note that there is no "Quiz 10" nor "Quiz 13".

- Make-ups for the missed quizzes are possible
only if you have a
**legitimate**and**documented**excuse. The decision on whether the excuse is acceptable or not will be taken by one of the lecturers. Make-ups must be arranged with your TA no later than within**one week**after the missed quiz and the make-up quiz should be taken no later than within**three weeks**(unless there are very special circumstances). No make-ups will be allowed after that. No make-ups will be allowed during the last week of the course. Students can make up no more than 2 quizzes.

- We will make an accommodation at the end of the term to normalize
the average quiz score from each discussion section.

- To provide some (10%) forgiveness for illnesses and other challenges that life may throw at you,
this total score will be divided by 0.9 at the end of the semester.
(If the score exceeds 20, it will be truncated at 20.)
[Final Quiz Score] = [ Sum of 11 Quiz Scores ] / ( 0.9 x (11x10) ) x

**20**.

### HITT quizzes & Other participation points

During lectures, you will be given 1-2 minute quizzes that you should answer using your HITT remote control. The HITT quizzes will allow you to earn up to 5

**bonus**points. Each quiz is graded on the 2-point scale: 2 points for the right answer, 1 point for wrong answers, and 0 for no answer. Number of quizzes per lecture will vary; so will the time during lectures when quizzes are administered.

No make-ups for the missed HITT quizzes will be possible, regardless of the reason (participation in various events, sickness, forgotten or malfunctioning HITT remote control, etc.).

We will apply an overall 20% forgiveness for missed HITT quizzes. Your final HITT quiz score will be calculated as follows:

**5**.

If the score exceeds 5, it will be truncated at 5.

Additionally, we encourage students to view the online lecture videos. If you discover a significant mistake or error in one of the lectures, please communicate the details to the instructors. If you happen to be the first to report that mistake, you will be awarded extra credit to be combined with your HITT participation score (depends on the severity of the error, with the overall scale still to be determined). However, the maximum combined participation points for this component of your grade will still be limited to 5 points.

### Letter Grade

### Revised Nov.9, 2015

Total minimal scores (**out of 100 points**) ensuring a particular letter-grade are shown below.
None of the scores will be rounded.
The scale is *absolute* and will not be adjusted to a curve; hence, there is no competition between students.

Grade | Required score (out of 100) |

A | ≥ 75 |

A- | ≥ 70 |

B+ | ≥ 65 |

B | ≥ 60 |

B- | ≥ 55 |

C+ | ≥ 50 |

C | ≥ 45 |

C- | ≥ 40 |

D+ | ≥ 35 |

D | ≥ 30 |

D- | ≥ 25 |