Here are the grade cut-offs for the course as a whole (after your two lowest quiz scores and two lowest homework scores have been dropped):
|Quizzes||Roughly 10 minutes long; up to 10 during the semester||10%|
|Friday 19 February, in class||15%|
|Wednesday 31 March, in class||20%|
|Tuesday 11 May, 7-10pm, for both sections
(conflict exam for Sec. F1 students will be on
Thursday 13 May, 8-11am)
Make up tests will be given only if you present written evidence, as soon as possible, that you did (or will have to) miss an exam for a legitimate reason, e.g. illness or family emergency. Travel and leisure plans are never a legitimate reason. Late homework will be accepted only if you get an extension from me, in person or by email.
If you miss assigned work due to sickness or an emergency, then you must get a note from McKinley or from the Emergency Dean. Prof. Laugesen retains the right to decide how to handle such cases.
If you have another final exam conflicting with ours, then you must bring this to the attention of Prof. Laugesen as soon as possible, and definitely before the end of the semester. Final exam conflicts will be resolved following the guidelines set out in the Student Code.
There is no formula fixed in advance for turning your numerical score into a letter grade. After each test, I will indicate approximate grade ranges, so that you have some idea of how you are doing.
How to Succeed: Always re-work your lecture notes before the next class, checking every step and filling in missing details, and doing the relevant Quiz preparation problems. (Allow 1 hour for this.) Read the text as you re-work your notes - it helps you see the big picture. Start the HW early and get help on the problems you can't solve. Go over your HW solutions the day you get them back, debriefing on your successes and mistakes. Be happy with the successes, and learn from the mistakes.