THE COMPONENTS OF YOUR FINAL GRADE
Your final grade will be based on the following components weighted
- Examinations: 50%
- Assignments: 25%
- Final Examination: 25%
- Subject to the restrictions described below, if your final examination grade is higher than any of your semester examination grades,
the final examination grade will be used in its place in computing your final average. Your final examination grade will also be used as the grade for any missed semester examinations.
Restrictions. Note that a grade of zero, given on an examination as a penalty for academic dishonesty, will not be replaced by a higher final examination grade.
In fact, any instance of academic dishonesty, whether on an examination or an assignment, will prohibit your final examination grade from replacing a lower semester
examination grade. Any violation of the cell phone policy will also prohibit your final examination grade from replacing a lower semester examination grade.
If you have 4 or more unexcused absences, 4 or more unexcused latenesses,
you've been caught using a cell phone in class, or you've exited and entered the
class while the class was in session an excessive number of times (as determined by the professor),
your final examination grade will not be used to replace lower semester examination
grades. In those cases, your final examination could only be used to replace a missed semester examination,
if the missed semester examination is excused with a
note from the University Nurse, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Provost, or the Dean of Students.
Such a note must agree in time and date with the missed examination and must only state that you missed the examination for a valid reason.
- Points may be subtracted from your final average for excessive absences and/or latenesses,
and for academic misconduct such as habitually interrupting class by entering and exiting the room during class session.
- Points will be subtracted from your final average for ANY instance of cell phone use in class as follows:
two (2) points will be subtracted from your final average for the first instance,
three (3) additional points will be subtracted from your final average for the second instance,
and five (5) additional points will be subtracted from your final average for each subsequent instance (3rd instance and above) of cell phone use in class.
For more details see the Cell Phone Use item under MISCELLANEOUS COURSE POLICIES, below.
There will be full-period examinations, and a comprehensive final examination.
GRADED ASSIGNMENT POLICIES
There will be graded assignments during the semester. Many of these will be group projects.
- For the group projects, Dr. Rothman will approve groups of 2 students.
- You may not seek help from anyone outside of your group, other than Dr. Rothman. Doing so will be considered academic misconduct and will be dealt with accordingly.
- Exactly what to hand in will be discussed in class.
- There may be questions on examinations pertaining to group projects..
- Each member of a group is expected to be a productive member of his or her group.
- Projects may occasionally be started in class, but it is expected that they will be completed outside of class.
- Detailed directions will be included with each project, but in general, projects will be graded on the following criteria:
- Correctness. Are questions answered correctly and supported by valid arguments with sufficient detail?
A list of answers, which are not supported by valid and rigorous mathematical arguments will receive no credit.
Remember that what is required is a concise and valid mathematical argument and/or computation, not a long
repetitive explanation filled with incorrect terminology, improper use of symbols, and mere intuition.
(You may use computer algebra software such as MATLAB and its Symbolic Toolkit, only where explicitly permitted.)
- Completeness. Are all questions answered and are all answers justified with valid arguments and computations.
- Clarity. Is the report well-organized? The problem solutions should appear in order in your report and should be clearly labeled.
- You must submit your assignment by email, as an attachment either as an MS Word document, an Open Document Format, or a single PDF file that was generated by LaTeX or
some other word processing or text-formatting software. (It should not be comprised of more than one file that was put into one .zip file.)
- Points will be deducted for errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- Points will be deducted for improper use of terminology and symbols.
- Points will be deducted for sloppiness.
- Points will be deducted for poorly organized assignments.
- No reports will be accepted late.
- If your group is having difficulty completing a project, you should see me long before the assignment is due.
CLASS ATTENDANCE AND LATENESS
- This class requires your attendance and punctuality at all classes.
- How do absences (or latenesses) effect your grade?
Students who miss classes generally do poorly on examinations. The university's policies on attendance and habitual non-attendance can be viewed
in the University Catalog, and will be strictly enforced. Habitual absences and latenesses, and habitually leaving the room after class has started
are considered to be forms of academic misconduct and will be reported to the appropriate administrator, who may decide to take disciplinary action.
Additionally, your instructor reserves the right to deduct points from your final average for such academic misconduct. (Also, see Restrictions under THE COMPONENTS OF YOUR FINAL GRADE, above.)
- Your responsibility when you are absent or late. If you miss class (for any reason), you will be responsible for the material that was covered.
Class notes, which were not already email to the class, may not be provided by your professor. Please obtain the class notes from another student.
MISCELLANEOUS COURSE POLICIES
Policies outlined in this section are designed to ensure a safe and professional working environment for students.
These policies are consistent with the University policies described in the Undergraduate Catalog,
under Academic Policies.
Points may be deducted from your final average for the types of unprofessional and disruptive behavior described below.
ACADEMIC HONOR CODE
In accordance with University policies (See Undergraduate Catalog):
All students are expected to accept and abide by the values of honesty, integrity, and truthfulness in
their academic pursuits. Sanctions for violations of academic honesty, such as plagiarism or cheating,
are imposed by the course instructor and range from failure for the work involved to failure in the course.
A record of violations and sanctions is maintained in the student's file.
Repeated violations can result in dismissal from the university.
Appeal is to the provost or the provost's designee.
In accordance with University policy:
The university is committed to providing equal access for students with disabilities to all of its
programs and services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act. If you have a disability that entitles you to instructional accommodations and/or
modifications, you must register with the Office of Disability Services at the ACE
and arrange to provide them with documentation of your disability, if not already submitted. The ACE office is located
on the second floor of the university library and is open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm.
They can be reached by phone or via email, both provided in the official course syllabus. The Disability Services Office will
provide you with letters of accommodation for your professors as appropriate. You should then arrange to speak with
your professors as soon as possible (ideally within the first week of class) to discuss arrangements for implementing
your accommodations. Accommodations are never applied retroactively therefore it is critical that you make your
accommodation arrangements before you actually need them.
Last modified: 9/5/2019