PHYS208 Fundamentals of Physics II
A Few Comments on the Projected Grades
On Nov. 25 you should have received an e-mail message detailing your projected grade for
Each exam in this course contributes 20 points toward your overall grade;
the two midterm exams were averaged and used as the projected final exam score
for a total of 60 possible points.
The laboratory score was projected by dropping the lowest score from the first 7 lab scores
and projecting the result based on a total of 20 points,
the average projected score for lab was 17.7; 1.3 was added
to Bjoern's sections to bring all scores to a common average.
The recitation instructors have constructed a 10 point score based on group work,
attendance, and participation. The average score was 7.9; 0.6 was added to Janucz's
sections to bring all scores to a common average.
Quiz scores were projected by considering the best 6 of 8 quiz scores available and
scaling to a basis of 10 points.
The average was 5.4; the students of each of the recitation instructors had identical quiz
(as well as exam) averages. There would have been to reason to adjust these scores,
but it is interesting that there was not even the slighest difference in exam/quiz averages between
the two "groups".
After all aspects of the course grade were accumulated, the following scale was applied
to convert to a letter grade:
85:A 80:A- 75:B+ 70:B 65:B- 60:C+ 55:C 50:C- 45:D+ 40:D
So how can your grade be improved at this point?
And please remember that grades are not everything! Regardless of the final grade that you
receive in PHYS208, I hope that you were able to achieve some of our
learning objectives and develop some skill
in applying physical concepts and analysis that should be relevant
to your future science and engineering practice.
- Improve your performance on the final exam relative to your average midterm exam grades.
You are now working in comparison to your typical performance,
not against a "curve" or in competition with other students.
For each boost of 5 percentage points on the final exam relative to the projected score,
you move an additional point toward your goal on the above scale.
Also please note that a damaging performance on the final exam may cause your projected score
to slip, especially if you are currently near a transition level.
- Submit an outstanding group project for extra credit.
An award of the full 5 points for this project will propel your grade ahead by one letter level.
Please keep in mind however that exemplary work on the project requires a high level
package of design and presentation --
see the project guidelines for more details.
Also note that these 5 points are equivalent to 25 points on the final exam; do not jeopardize
your preparation for the final exam by focusing all of your PHYS208 time on the project.
- There is one more regularly scheduled quiz.
If you still have an extremely low quiz score, even after dropping the lowest 3,
you may be able to pick up a point on the ac circuits quiz on Dec. 5.
Good luck on the final exam...
Last updated Nov. 26, 1997.
Copyright George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 1997.