Grading

You can see your current grade by logging in to the Moodle site:

Here are the assignments that contribute to your grade, with their frequencies and percentage of the final grade:

Nothing else directly affects your grade. There will be no extra-credit assignments, although there will be extra-credit problems on some of the assignments.

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).

Here are the letter grades at SCC:

A+:at least 95%;
A:at least 90% but less than 95%;
B+:at least 85% but less than 90%;
B:at least 80% but less than 85%;
C+:at least 75% but less than 80%;
C:at least 70% but less than 75%;
D+:at least 65% but less than 70%;
D:at least 60% but less than 65;
F:less than 60%.
There is no rounding; an average of 69.99% is not enough for a C.

At SCC, a C is the minimum grade necessary to qualify for a later course, which is usually also what you will need to transfer a prerequisite; for meeting transfer admission requirements, you usually only need a D. However, sometimes you may still need a C for admission, and sometimes you may need a C+ or (very rarely) even a B for either purpose; talk to an advisor if you don't know what you need. Of course, you should try for an A+!

Sometimes you will be required 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 (or the back of the book), then you won't get credit. I also suggest that you cross out (and not erase) any significant amount of work that you decide is incorrect, in case you later want to look at it after all.


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