bob uses an Excel spreadsheet to calculate grades and posts them on
BlackBoard periodically

(check Blackboard grades here).

Here is a copy of the Excel spreadsheet with the lettergrade cutoffs:

- U calculate your own Grade
(click to open Excel spreadsheet)

There are 9 weekly quizzes, 4 tests (including the final exam), and a homework grade, weighted:

Homework Avg 25%, Quiz avg 10%, Test avg 65%.

The lowest quiz grade is dropped, and the lowest of first two test grades is dropped only if the subsequent test grade is higher. The final exam will be weighted simply as a fourth test. Thus only when the three test grades decrease monotonically will no test grade be dropped, so increasingly poor performance is penalized, while improvement is rewarded.

The weekly quizzes are on material for which we have already discussed the
homework in class and are graded in half points out of a
total of 10 points each. There should be no surprises on quizzes, which are
designed to assess a basic understanding of the key ideas following typical
homework problems. To avoid stress, these are to be done outside of class over
the weekend with no restrictions what materials you consult except that **
no collaboration is allowed**. These must be your own work. These are
posted online in BlackBoard and handed out in paper form in class each Friday of
normal 4 class day weeks to be turned in Monday during class usually. Email bob
if you are not able to meet these deadlines or if you get stuck. These are meant
to give you practice in communicating clearly problem solutions in standard math
notation.

The few Maple assignments are done together in groups of 2 or 3 or 4 and submitted by email at the end of each of the chapters 5, 6, 7-8, no longer graded but returned with feedback when necessary. This is still to be determined.

The homework will be done through WebAssign (doing the homework is the only way
for most students to engage the ideas and understand how they work in practice).
The WebAssign homework has a 25% weight---hopefully most of you will probably appreciate the immediate feedback and
opportunity to retry a similar problem with slightly different numbers. Problems
will be chosen from the textbook end of section exercises, although some of the
problems will have randomly changed parameter values in the WebAssign version of
a given textbook exercise. Note that the 25% weight in no way reflects the
importance of doing homework in this course. **Doing the homework
regularly is essential to good performance. **