|Type of assignment;||contribution to grade;||dates.|
|Attendance;||5%;||every class day.|
|Homework;||25%;||nearly every class day.|
|Quizzes;||20%;||nearly every week, usually on Friday.|
|Midterm exam;||25%;||on February 8 Friday.|
|Final exam;||25%;||on March 17 Monday.|
Strictly speaking, there is no curve, so you are not competing against your fellow students. I encourage you to study together and learn from each other! However, if grades don't turn out as I expect, then I'll consider whether an assignment was more difficult than I intended and adjust the grades accordingly (usually by making a hard problem extra credit). Per SCC policy, you need 70% to pass; there are no letter grades in this class. There is no rounding; an average of 69.99% is not enough to pass.
There will be about 26 homework assignments, worth 25% in total. There will be about 7 quizzes, worth 20% in total; you lowest quiz score will not count towards your grade. The midterm exam and the final exam will each be worth 25%. The remaining 5% will come from attendance; arrange absences with me ahead of time to get full credit. Nothing else contributes to your grade. There will be no other extra credit assignments, although sometimes some of the homework problems will be extra credit.
Sometimes the instructions will ask you to show some of your work; make sure that you read the instructions! To get as much credit as possible, it's good to explain your answers as clearly as you can, even when the instructions don't specifically ask you to. If you can convince me that you know what you're doing, then you'll get some credit. But if it looks like you pulled an answer out of thin air, then you won't get any credit.
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