Grading Scale: A: 90% or above; B: 80 – 89%; C: 70-79%; D: 60- 69%
The course grade is comprised of Laboratory (15%), Homework (15%), Exams (60%), and Class Projects (10%).
Lab Grade 15%
All lab experiments are worth 1 pt each. Students who are late for lab by more than 15 minutes, may still do the lab but will receive no credit for that experiment.
For students who have missed a lab, there will be one extra lab experiment assigned at the end of the semester to make up for any missed lab work. There will be no other lab make-ups.
The homework will be in the form of weekly online quizzes due 11:59 pm the night before we meet in class. The online homework questions reflect the material covered in class and are designed to serve as a practice for the upcoming test.
The grading of the homework is based on Pass/Fail basis. Any student who achieves 60% or more on all quizzes receives Pass and 100% Quiz grade towards their total class grade.
There will five exams each worth 15 pts. One exam grade is dropped from the overall course grade. The exams will be a mix of multiple choice and essay questions and will reflect the work done in class, both in laboratory and lecture, and the homework problems.
A formula sheet will be provided by the instructor on exam day.
There will be no make-up exams, regardless of the circumstances.
If a student knows in advance that he or she will have to miss an exam, an arrangement may be made with the instructor for the exam to be taken in advance.
Students will be assigned four projects throughout the semester. Please, note that the last project is based on The Martian. Students are expected to either read the book or watch the movie in preparation for the project.