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PHYS 116A, Winter '11
R. J. Wilkes

Exams and Grades

Exams will be given during regular class time on the dates shown on the course calendar on the class website.

All exams will be multiple choice. YOU must bring a standard mark-sense sheet (may be purchased at U Bookstore) and a #2 pencil. We do not keep a supply of sheets, so please do not forget!

Exams will all be one hour in length. (For the final exam, you may stay for up to 2 hours, even though the exam is designed for one hour).

We will apply a 'curve' grading scheme to convert your exam score into a 0.0-4.0 grade, so each exam grade reflects your performance relative to your fellow students. In this way all exams should be equivalently graded. At the end of the term, we will drop your lowest exam grade. (Of course, everyone else gets the same break.)

If you come for all 3 exams, you have a chance to improve your grade. If you miss any exam for any reason, that will be your dropped grade, and you lose nothing but the chance to improve your grade.

For this reason, you do not need to call me in advance or supply an excuse to miss an exam.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, there will be NO MAKEUP EXAMS under any circumstances. Please don't ask to be "an exception" ! 

If you miss more than one exam, you will receive an incomplete (I) grade for the course, with a default grade calculated using 0.0 for the missed exams. If you do nothing, the backup grade is automatically recorded at the end of next term. To clear your "I" grade and replace the default grade, you will have to take a comprehensive exam early next term (at a time TBD by me).

Your course grade will be calculated as follows:

  1. Final exam grade: 20%
  2. Best 2 out of 3 exam grades: 40%
  3. Best 6 out of 8 homework set scores: 25%
  4. Best 7 out of 10 (at least) clicker quiz scores: 15%
We will apply a 'curve' grading scheme to convert your total course score into a 0.0-4.0 grade, so your course grade reflects your performance relative to your fellow students.

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 Last Updated:
08/29/2011

Contact the instructor at: ph116@u.washington.edu