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 $40 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. The WeBWorK tutorial is mandatory to do many of the other sets but does not explicitly count towards your overall grade. Start working on WeBWorK homework for each section immediately after that section is covered.

In addition to the WeBWorK homework there is a special WeBWorK assignment: `Drop-Date-Review'.

  • Drop-Date-Review Due Date: near the drop date with 100% refund
  • Drop-Date-Review Special Rules: Do not use tutors / books / notes / friends to aid you on this assignment. This is a 60 minute timed assessment that you can take as many times as you would like. It contains representative set of problems up to this point in the course. Students who score poorly on this assignment (60% or less) should speak with their instructor or advisor to develop a plan moving forward.
  • Drop-Date-Review Grade: This assignment counts towards the 10% of your overall course grade, similar to any other WeBWorK homework. Your score 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 Monday February 19th and Monday April 9th during 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM. The location of the exams will be posted HERE 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: Tuesday, May 1st, 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 HERE 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 2 weeks of class. The post course survey will be available during the last 2 weeks of class. The URL to the surveys and due dates/times will be posted on the main page when available. Completeing both surveys will boost your course percentage grade by 2% (1% each).