Welcome to Physics 228A & B Winter 2014Elementary Mathematical PhysicsMTWTh 11:30 - 12:20 in PAA A110 (M) A118 (T Th) and A102 (W) |
Thus to calculate the "total score" (which you can find on Gradebook),
I use the formula explained below under "Course Grade",
except that M2=midterm2 score/45 and F=final score/80.
Your course grade is then obtained using:
grade = 1.95 + 2.0*(total score-0.478)/(0.948-0.478) (rounded and capped at 4.0)
In words, this means that a total score of below 0.48 leads to a failing
grade, 0.48 gives a 2.0, and 0.95 or above gives a 4.0, with linear
interpolation in between.
I have the final exams, HW10s and last quizzes in my office, and will be around most afternoons in the break, as well as next quarter, if you want to pick them up.
Have a great break!
We will roughly follow the ordering of material in this text during 227-8, and draw most homework questions from it. Corrections to the text are available here. Note that solutions to some problems appear at the back of the book (and there is a companion volume to the previous edition which contains solutions to approximately 1/4 of the exercises, many of which are the unchanged in the current edition).
I keep a log of what has been covered, together with my lecture notes, on the daily coverage page. This will also indicate any material not covered in lecture that you should read. Last year's log will give you a fairly detailed idea of what lies ahead.
A student in the A12 course discovered a very useful web site at Brigham Young University with a sequence of introductory Mathematica tutorials. I have obtained permission from its creators (Drs. Campbell, Colton and Hurley) to put a link here and they are happy for you to use the materials. I am grateful to them for sharing this resource.
The course grade will be determined by scores on quizzes, homeworks and exams as follows. The homeworks will count for 20%. I will drop the lowest homework score in determining the overall sum, so that you can miss one homework without penalty. The remaining 80% will be determined in equal part by the quizzes (with the lowest quiz score dropped), the two midterms and the final, except that the final will count double and that the lowest score will dropped. If the final is the lowest score then only half of its score will be dropped.
In more detail, this is how the grade will be calculated:
Let HW=(Sum of HW scores-lowest HW score)/Max possible,
Q=(Sum of quiz scores-lowest quiz)/Max possible,
M1=midterm 1 score/50, M2=(midterm 2 score)/50, F=final score/100
(If I think an exam turns out to be significantly harder or longer than
planned, I allow myself to rescale the scores on that exam, but will
only do so to increase the scores, not to decrease them.)
Then Total Score=100*Max(HW+Q+M1+M2+F,
HW+Q+M1+2*F, HW+Q+M2+2*F, HW+M1+M2+2*F)/5
(i.e. dropping lowest exam score with final "counting double"
and HW always included.)
Total Score is your total score as a percentage.
I will set the required total score for obtaining a grade of 2.0 at
50% (or possibly below, but not above). The grade for obtaining
a 4.0 will be approximately 95%, but will be varied according to
my perception of the difficulty of the exams
This grade policy means that you are not penalized if, e.g. for personal reasons, you miss a midterm. This allows me to enforce the policy that there are no makeup exams.