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), a homework grade and a Maple grade, weighted:

Homework Avg 15%, Quiz avg 10%, Maple 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 on a previous day 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.

The 5 Maple assignments are done together in groups of 2 or 3 and submitted by email at the end of each of the chapters 5, 6, 7-8, 11 graded in half points out of a total of 2 points each. Once graded and returned, these may be corrected and resubmitted to improve your grade. You may ask bob for help, so this is an easy 10% of your grade if you follow through until you get full credit on each assignment.

The homework will be done through WebAssign to provide some additional
incentive to actually do the homework, since 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 10% 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 10% weight in no way reflects the
importance of doing homework in this course. **Doing the homework
regularly is essential to good performance. **