Requirements and Grades
Attendance is required
and is the single most important way to ensure success in this course.
assignments in the text are
required. You are
expected to read the text material and to be able to answer the review
questions at the end of each chapter.
Quizzes: There will be
throughout the semester. Only your 3 highest scores of the quizzes will
be counted in your final grade, each one worth 6% for a total of 18% of
the final grade. The quizzes are multiple choice questions, identical
format to the exam questions, but are much shorter in length and will
take 10 to 15 minutes.
Homework: There will be
4 homework assignments, worth 4% each, for a total of 16% of the final
I will not accept late homework.
Exams: The course is
divided into three parts and each covered by a section exam, worth 22%
each for a total of 66% of your final grade. The exams consist of
multiple-choice questions, which are drawn from both class material and
reading assignments. Anything discussed in class or in the reading
assignments may appear on an exam.
- The final will be a comprehensive exam
covering all of the material covered in the course and will operate in
the same way as the section exams during the
semester. The exam date is scheduled by the university sometime during
the final week.
- The highest three scores of the four exams
exams + the final) will be used to determine your course
grade. The final is"optional" in the following sense: If you are
satisfied with your three section exam scores you do not need take the
- Please bring your ID and a #2 pencil to all
exams, since we will be using machine-graded forms. No
reference materials are allowed in the in-class exams. The exams will
test concepts and some basic math ideas; they are designed to test your
understanding, not your ability to push buttons.
Makeup exam (or quiz) policy:
If you miss an exam because of
illness or a family emergency, please contact me as soon as possible,
and I will set up a make-up time.
You must arrange to provide written
explaining your absence and provide me with a phone number of someone
I can contact regarding your absence.
If you have to miss an exam
because of participation in a university athletic event or other
university-related event, you must make arrangements for a make-up exam
at least a week in advance and provide written documentation
from your coach/event organizer.
For undocumented excuses,
oversleeping, etc., you must contact me no later than 24 hours after
the exam. In general I will allow you to take the make-up exam with a
Make-ups may be oral- or
essay-style (my option). Persons who do not contact me on time will
receive a zero for that exam.
Grades will be assigned on a straight
scale. Scores will be adjusted upward if an exam is too hard.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: It
is highly destructive when anyone cheats on an exam. It corrodes the
academic environment and cheapens the value of your education. I will
not tolerate cheating, nor should you. No one should expect to pass the
course if they cheat during an exam.