Department of Mathematics

Course Grades

Your course grade will be based on:

WebWork Quizzes Exam 1 Exam 2 Final Exam Total
10% 20% 20% 20% 30% 100%

In addition, you must take the final examination in order to pass the course.


Final grades will be determined by:

4.0 Grade 0.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0
% Grade [0,55) [55,60) [60,65) [65,73) [73,80) [80,85) [85,90) [90,100]

This scale may be rescaled at the end of the semester to be more lenient. Such a rescaling is at the discretion of the calculus coordinator and instructor.

To help take into consideration students who progress throughout the semester the lowest exam percentage score can be replaced with average of their final exam percentage score and their lowest exam percentage score. Please see the example below.

Example: My exam scores are 50% on Exam 1, 60% on Exam 2, but I study extra hard and master more of the material and get a 90% on the Final Exam. Since my final exam score is higher than the lowest of my two midterm exams my lowest exam (Exam 1) would get replaced with (50%+90%)/2 = 70%. When the final grades are calculated the scores used would be 70% for Exam 1, 60% for Exam 2, and 90% on the Final Exam.

Additional Info:
  • This policy will not lower your exam scores. In the case where you do worse on the final than on both midterm exams this policy would just not apply.
  • You do not have to opt in to this policy. All student grades will automatically take this into consideration.

Course Assessments

WeBWorK Homework will be done online at http://www.math.msu.edu/webwork. There is a WeBWorK fee that must be paid. Instructions for payment and payment due date are available on the WeBWorK website.

See each assignment on the WeBWorK website for its actual due date. Start working on WeBWorK homework for each section immediately after that section is covered.

For our class we will be using a new pedagogical model for the WeBWorK Homework. There will be two types of homework sets:

  • Learning Sets - These sets have problems which range in difficulty including easier problems used to help you explore and apply the definitions and theorems, moderate problems which are more reasonable for timed assessments, and sometimes a few more difficult examples which can help solidify concepts and help push your understanding of these topics to the next level. The goal of these sets is solely to help you learn the material. The learning sets are not worth points and do not count towards your overall course grade. However, they are extremely important to succeeding in the class. Students wishing to get a 3.0 or higher in this course should typically be doing 90% or more of the Learning Set problems.
  • Assessing Sets - These sets are worth points (10 points each) and are used to help you check your understanding of the topics. These sets usually contain 2-3 problems and are timed (typically 15-25 minutes) in order to help you prepare and succeed on more high stakes assessments, like quizzes and exams. However, unlike for quizzes and exams, on these sets you will receive multiple attempts and grading submissions per attempt (typically 2 of each). Please watch this video for a more thorough explanation. Your score for each of these sets will be the maximum of your attempts. Again, these sets are used to assess your understanding of the content to help you determine if you are ready for quizzes/exams. Therefore you should not use friends or tutors when doing them (really try to minimize notes and books too as we do not get these on quizzes/exams). In order to unlock the Assessing Sets you need to complete at least 40% of the corresponding Learning Set... remember really you should be doing at least 90% though!

In addition to the WeBWorK homework there are two special WeBWorK assignments: `Calculus-1-Review' and `Drop-Date-Review'.

  • Due Dates: The Calculus-1-Review is due near the second week of classes. The Drop-Date-Review is due near the drop date with 100% refund.
  • Rules for these two special assignments: Do not use tutors / books / notes / friends to aid you on these assignments. They are 60 minute timed assessments that you can take as many times as you would like (while they are open). They contain representative set of problems from Calculus 1 (for the Calculus-1-Review) and Calculus 2 (for the Drop-Date-Review) that will be important to your success in Calculus 2. Students who score poorly on either of these assignments (60% or less) should speak with their instructor or advisor to develop a plan moving forward.
  • Grades for these two special assignments: These assignments count towards the 10% of your overall course grade, similar to any other WeBWorK homework. Your score for each will be the maximum of your attempts.

There will be up to 14 weekly in-class quizzes throughout the semester. Your instructor will announce your section’s quiz dates/schedule in class. The two lowest quiz scores will be dropped and the remaining will be scaled to 20% of your final grade. Exams are scheduled for Wednesday October 10th and Wednesday November 14th during 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM. The location of the exams will be posted when available. Familiarize yourself with the attendance policies for the quizzes and the exams.

Grading: If you suspect a quiz or exam has been incorrectly graded please return it to your instructor within one week of receiving it back. After this no grade changes can be made. In addition, it is the responsibility of the student to retain all handed back material in case of any questions or concerns including grade computations.

The Final Exam is scheduled for: Monday, December 10th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

The location of the final exam will be announced in class at a later date and will be posted when it is available. All students are required to take the Common Final Exam. The university has strict requirements for exceptions. The dates for the exams are fixed. The final exam is cumulative. The exam will be closed book and closed note. Note that travel is not a sufficient excuse to have an exam scheduled on a different day.

There are two surveys during the semester to help the department gain a better understanding of its student population. The initial course survey must be completed in the first two weeks of class. The post course survey will be available during the last two weeks of class. The URL to the surveys and due dates/times will be posted on the main page when available. No extensions can be provided on these surveys. Each survey will round up at least 0.25%. Students who complete both surveys will have their grade rounded up at least 0.5% to help those near the grade border.

Example: Suppose your course grade is a 89.6% which is technically a 3.5. By doing both of the course surveys this would be rounded up to a 4.0. Note: doing only one of the surveys would only round up 0.25% so would not be enough to guarantee a 4.0.

The Round Up Surveys and Student Remediation are the only forms of "extra" credit students can obtain in this course.