g PHY2054 Grading Policy

PHY 2054 (Physics 2 without Calculus) Fall 2014

Grading Policy

Final Score Determination

Your final score is the sum of the following:

  Source Max Points   How calculated
  Quizzes 15   Discussion quizzes based on homework *
  Homework 10   Computed with quizzes (see below) *
  Exam 1 25   25 x (exam score out of 20)/20
  Exam 2 25   25 x (exam score out of 20)/20
  Exam 3 25   25 x (exam score out of 20)/20
  Total 100   **

* Homework and quizzes include a 0.9 forgiveness factor
** We also add up to 5 extra credit points for HITT (see below)

Extra credit is possible by answering H-ITT class participation questions (5 points maximum). The HITT score is added to your other points and the total is truncated to 100.


Each quiz in your discussion section will be from a homework problem (but reworded) from the homework turned in Monday of that week. The particular problem given in each discussion section is chosen at random so sometimes it will be an easier problem and sometimes a harder problem. The topics covered on each quiz are listed below.

Quiz Homework Covered on Quiz
Quiz 1 HW1
Quiz 2 HW2
Quiz 3 HW3
Quiz 4 HW4
Quiz 5 HW5
Quiz 6 HW6
Quiz 7 HW7
Quiz 8 HW8
Quiz 9 HW9
No quiz HW10
Quiz 11 HW11
Quiz 12 HW12 (due the previous week)
Quiz 13 HW13

You will be permitted no more than 2 documented (e.g. medical note) absences from the discussion sections, with make-ups for missed quizzes to take place at the first opportunity determined by your TA. The documentation must be provided to your TA within 2 weeks of the missed quiz or a rational reason that it will be delayed must be e-mailed along with the projected receipt date of the documentation to both your TA and to the instructors within those 2 weeks. All quizzes must be made up prior to the last day of classes (Dec. 10).

Quiz scores are divided by a 0.9 "forgiveness factor" before the grade is determined to account for bad days, etc.


Please read carefully, your weekly homework score is modified by your corresponding quiz score. Homework is based on the Connect online homework system and assignments are due Mondays at 10PM (see schedule). For most problems you get 5 tries to get the problem correct. Each student gets a unique set of numbers on his/her problems. Because of the length of time each homework set is available, there are no extensions on the homework. You are strongly encouraged to start entering your answers well ahead of the deadline to avoid possible technical problems that might occur on the day the homework is due. If an unforeseen technical difficulty like a down internet connection or computer virus causes you to miss the deadline, you will not receive credit for the unfinished work.

Your homework grade is based on the following procedure, which takes advantage of the quizzes and homeworks being synchronized 1-1.

  • Each quiz question will be based on the homework due that week (with rewording)
  • The homework score for that week will be multiplied by the fraction f = quiz/qmax (0 ≤ f ≤ 1). For this course qmax = 10.
  • If f ≥ 0.80 for a quiz, then you get full credit for the corresponding homework, even if you didn't do it! This rewards students who actually do the homework since they are more likely to do well on the quizzes.
  • Homework 10 is graded by itself since there is no corresponding quiz.
  • The homework scores are added together to form total points or "TP". We also calculate "maxpoints" which is the sum of all homework maximum points.
  • The homework grade "HG" is calculated as HG = 10*(TP/maxpoints/0.9) where 0.9 is the forgiveness factor. HG is not allowed to not exceed 10.

Homework and academic honesty: While we encourage students to discuss homework problems with one another, we regard it as a breach of academic honesty to get homework solutions or algorithms external sources, including websites or companies that give away or sell such solutions or algorithms (this is stated explicitly in our course Academic Honesty policy). We have implemented the new homework grading scheme to reward students who do the homework problems themselves.

Exam grade

There are a total of three exams, with the third exam at the end of semester serving as a cumulative final. The dates, times and chapter coverage are given on the schedule page and exams page. What material you are allowed to bring to the exam is described on the exams page.

Exam questions will be taken from a number of sources, including, but not limited to, the textbook, lectures and assigned problems. Exam format is multiple choice using ScanTron sheets. The answer which you bubble in on the ScanTron is the one we grade. If you make an error bubbling in an answer and miss a question, then you do not receive credit for the question. On the other hand, if you guess a question and get it correct even though you did not know how to do the problem, then you get credit for the problem. Each exam has 20 questions and is worth 20 points.

Unless superseded by a valid excuse a missed exam will result in a zero. Valid excuses are officially sanctioned UF events, medical excuses or family emergencies. Acceptable excuses will require a coach's, doctor's or instructor sanctioned note with a verifiable contact phone number. The documentation must be provided to your instructor within 2 weeks of the missed exam or a rational reason that it will be delayed must be e-mailed along with the projected receipt date of the documentation within those 2 weeks. A valid excuse will allow you to take the cumulative make-up exam to replace the zero on the missed exam. There will be one cumulative make-up exam (covering material from both during-term exams) given at the end of the semester (date and time t.b.d.) at a mutually agreeable time.

Students who need special accomodations due to a disability must receive a letter from the Disability Resource Center and present it to one of the instructors at least four days prior to the exam.

H-ITT extra credit grade

Answering questions during lectures is optional using the H-ITT response system, but can earn up to a maximum of 5 extra credit points on your grade. Normally a remote "clicker" device is used to register your answers, although there is now a web-based "SoftClick" system so that you can use any web-enabled smart device.

For each H-ITT question in class, you will receive 2 points for a correct answer and 1 point for just responding. When you respond to a question, your remote identification number will appear on the screen to show you that your remote is working. At the end of the semester we will divide your total score by 0.8 to allow for absences, broken remotes, late answers, etc. The ratio of your score to the maximum possible points determines your HITT grade. Thus achieving 80% of the maximum possible points gives 5.0 HITT points to be added to your other scores from exams, quizzes and homework.

You can expect some technical problems during the semester such as having a dead battery in your remote (or no network service if using "SoftClick"). You are responsible for maintaining the functioning of your remote. No credit will be given for questions in class if you forget your remote or it is not working or you do not respond to the question in the allotted time. You may not bring anyone else's transmitter to class if that person is also taking this course. Doing so violates our academic honesty policy, and the incident will be filed with the Dean of Student's Office.

We will email your scores for the student response questions approximately once a week, assuming that you do the required registration of your remote. To receive credit for your responses, your remote number must be registered on the H-ITT registration page.

Letter Grade

Total minimal scores (after adding HITT points and truncating to 100) ensuring a particular letter-grade are shown below (grades are not rounded). Note that this scale is absolute and will not be adjusted to a curve. This ensures that there is no competition between students.

Minimum points

Keeping track of your grade

You will be given your scores for each component of the course in a timely manner, and it is your responsibility to keep a record of them to know how you are doing in the course.

  1. You will be e-mailed your H-ITT scores approximately once a week.
  2. Your homework scores are available from Connect.
  3. Your quiz scores are on the graded quizzes, which are handed back to you in discussion section. They are also available on the E-Learning system for this course. You should keep your quizzes as a reference and also in case there is a discrepancy between the score you see on E-Learning and the one on your graded paper.
  4. Your exam scores will also be posted to E-Learning, and you will receive your question sheet and any scrap paper from the exam in the first class period after the exam has been graded.