Grading will be based on the following approximate weighting:
15% Homework, etc.
60% Tests (10/8, 11/8, 12/6)
25% Final Exam on Wednesday, December 18,
at 1:30 pm
Tests must be taken when they are scheduled.
I do not generally offer make-up, alternate or late tests.
Instead, if you miss one test (for any reason) or if your final exam
score is better than your worst test, then your final exam score will be
substituted for that test.
You will not be able to master the material in this course without
practice. I will make assignments nearly every day. Some portions of
these assignments will be collected and others will not.
Please follow the homework guidelines
when turning in written work.
You may find it pleasant and useful to work together on many portions
of this course. I encourage you to do so. BUT you must abide by the
guidelines for working together.
Although I will not be recording attendance on a daily basis, attendence is
required. Skipping class can have
a detrimental effect on your grade in several ways. Most importantly, by
missing class, you are missing an important part of the course.
Preparing for class
You should bring with you each day:
Of course, you should have read (and thought about) any assigned readings
prior to coming to class. You may want to have your notes handy, especially
if you have questions regarding the readings or homework.
- the homework due that day,
- your textbook,
- any additional readings due that day (or the previous
day if we have not finished discussion from the class period before),
- and any other materials I announce ahead of time.
Occassionally there are special circumstances that require that the rules
and guidelines above be adjusted for a particular student.
In such cases, it is the responsibility of the student to inform me
of the situation as soon as possible, so that the appropriate
arrangements can be made. This includes, but is not limited to,
students with documented disabilities.