Homework
will be assigned weekly (generally assigned and collected on Thursdays). In fairness to the other students in the course, late homework will generally not be accepted. We will, however, drop the lowest homework score in the computation of final grades. Please talk to the instructor in cases of emergency.
Quizzes
There will be three quizzes, as indicated on the calendar below. They are tentatively scheduled as indicated in the syllabus below. Quizzes will start at the beginning of class and run for about 15-20 minutes. We will also drop the lowest quiz.
Midterms
There will be two midterm examinations, as indicated on the calendar below.
Final
The time for the cumulative final examination will be announced as the end of the semester draws near. We will not be able to accommodate early finals for nonacademic, nonemergency reasons. Please plan your travel schedule accordingly.

Grades will be computed by a weighted average:

Homework

Quizzes

Midterm I

Midterm II

Final

10%

10%

20%

25%

35%

Final scores will be converted to letter grades beginning with the following scale:

93

90

87

83

80

75

65

50

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

D

As for a curve, these cutoffs might be adjusted, but only in the downward direction (to make letter grades higher).

On the homework, each problem will be worth three points, assigned as follows:

Points

Description of Work

3

Work is completely accurate and essentially perfect. Work is thoroughly developed, neat, and easy to read. Complete sentences are used.

2

Work is good, but incompletely developed, hard to read, unexplained, or jumbled. Answers which are not explained, even if correct, will generally receive 2 points. Work contains the 'right idea' but is flawed.

1

Work is sketchy. There is some correct work, but most of the work is incorrect.

0

Work minimal or non-existent. Solution is completely incorrect.

For the purposes of assembling the final grade, the grade on each homework set is converted to a percentage of all achievable points, on a scale from 0 to 100.