Grades will be posted in Blackboard‘s gradebook throughout the semester.

Old grading scheme:

5% participation
10% quizzes
10% WeBWorK
20% highest term test
15% second highest term test
10% third highest term test
30% final exam

New grading scheme:

15% participation
5% quizzes
10% WeBWorK
20% highest term test
15% second highest term test
10% third highest term test
25% final exam

Your official course grade will be the maximum of the grades calculated with the old and new grading schemes.


Homework will not be collected. Instead, online homework sets will be due, usually on Sunday and Tuesday nights. Some of the WeBWorK sets are long; any student who earns 90% will receive full credit.

There will be a short quiz at the beginning of class each Wednesday for weeks when there is no term test scheduled. Quiz questions will be based on homework questions from the textbook or from WeBWorK. Latecomers will not receive extra time. No make-up quizzes will be given.

There will be three tests given in class. Latecomers will not receive extra time. No make-up tests will be given. If you miss a test, you must provide a reason and supporting evidence; your final exam grade will be used in place of the missed test grade. Any student who misses two tests will be automatically withdrawn from the class.
Tentative test dates:
Test 1: March 2
Test 2: March 23
Test 3: April 29

Final Exam:
The final exam will be given in class during the last class meeting of the semester. It covers all topics studied. It must be taken to pass the course.

Exam date: May 20
The final exam accounts for 30% of your overall grade.

You may earn participation points by

  • sharing your work on the board during class
  • participating in OpenLab discussions
  • attending office hours
  • attending the tutoring center (ask the tutor for a verification slip)

Earn 20 participation points during the semester for full credit. Participation is worth 5% of your grade.


Any student who stops attending the class before the last week of the semester without withdrawing officially will be assigned a grade of WU (unofficial withdrawal). This grade counts as an F toward your GPA and can affect financial aid status.

Drop date: April 1