Grading

These are the assignments that contribute to your grade, with their frequencies and percentage of the final grade: 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 up to 26 homework assignments, worth 25% in total. There will be 7 quizzes, worth 20% in total; your 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 extra-credit assignments, although sometimes some of the homework problems will be for extra credit.

Sometimes the instructions will ask you to show some of your work; make sure that you read and follow 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 as if you pulled an answer out of thin air, then you won't get any credit.


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