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Homework, Exams, Grades, Etc.

Homework is a very important part of this course. In the past, there have been 10-12 assignments during the semester; in response to past student feedback, I may try to make the assignments somewhat shorter and more frequent this semester. You will find that the problems require thought, careful explanations, and often more than one ``draft."

I allow, following Dr. Grantham's policy, a collaborative approach to homework. You may form teams of 2-3 students, with each team submitting only one paper for each assignment. You may either work together on each problem or divide the problems among you, but you are responsible for checking and understanding everything your team turns in.

I plan to give three exams during the course of the semester, each of which may have take-home components, plus a comprehensive two-hour, in-class final exam. All exams will be open-book, open-notes, but you may NOT work together on exams!!! The tentative allocation of points to determine your grade is as follows:

Homework (scaled to) 300
3 Exams 450
Final Exam 200
Miscellaneous 50
Total 1000

(The ``miscellaneous" category may include pop quizzes, group work, etc.) My grading policy is that 90% of the total possible points guarantees an A in the class, 80% a B, and 70% a C.

On exams, I usually linearly scale the class median to 75 (if I think the median performance merits a mid-range C, which is usually the case).

I may decide to drop a lowest homework assignment or assignments, but that is at my discretion.


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Randall Holmes
Thu Apr 16 09:35:31 MDT 1998