bob uses an Excel spreadsheet to calculate grades and posts them on BlackBoard periodically  (check Blackboard grades here). Because the upload process from my Excel spreadsheet to BlackBoard is very tedious (see below), it will not always be up to date. It is your responsibility to make sure the grade entries agree with the grades on your paper quizzes and tests and Maple HW.

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

There are 9 weekly quizzes, 4 tests (including the final exam), a homework grade and a Maple grade, weighted:
Calculus:            Homework Avg 20%, Quiz avg 10%, COVID: Maple avg 0%, Test avg 70%.
DiffEqwLinAlg: Homework Avg 20%, Quiz avg 10%, COVID: Maple avg 0%, Test avg 70%.
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.

2020 Fall Update. Maple assignments
In the online delivery format under the current circumstances, Maple grading will be de-emphasized to pass/fail with  details to be worked out as we go and will count for 5% of your grade. It is intended only to induce you to become familiar enough with Maple to help you in the class, not as an onerous thing to be graded, as well as to encourage you to made partnerships in the class with fellow students.

## MyLab Math e-text portal in Differential Equations with Linear Algebra

The MAT2705 homework for the most part will be managed through the Pearson e-text online portal home work system and count for 20% of your grade. Not all interesting problems appear online, so some problems will not be graded but should be done for the insight they can give you. Grading is not why we learn math---achieving some understanding of the course material is the goal.