Calculations of Grades
All grades in this class are based upon a point system and not a letter grade system. All homework, labs, tests, and group work have a point value and you are awarded points based on your achievement. Your overall grade is the points you receive divided by the total number of points possible times 100.
your score x 100 / total points possible = your percent
You may use this formula to calculate grades on a single assignment or your overall grade. The computer printout of your grades is based upon this same formula. The grading scale you voted to use in this class is:
A+ = 97-100% A = 91-96.9% A- = 88-90.9%
B+ = 85-87.9% B = 81-84.9% B- = 78-80.9%
C+ = 75-77.9% C = 71-74.9% C- = 68-70.9%
D+ = 65-67.9% D = 61-64.9% D- = 58-60.9%
F = 0- 57.9%
Grades will not be rounded up or down. When you chose this scale over the 90-80-70 scale, you agreed never to ask for me to round up and promised your parents would never ask either. Please keep this in mind at grading times. Extra credit is available so you have control over the grade if it is close. If, for example, you have a 77.9% as your grade, you will receive a "C". There is no benefit of the doubt. Therefore, it is important that you watch your grade closely and consider the extra credit if it will raise your grade.
Your semester grade is made of your 2 quarter grades and your final exam grade. Each quarter grade counts 40% of the semester grade and the final exam counts 20% of the grade
First quarter grade x 0.4
+ Second quarter grade x 0.4
+ Final exam grade x 0.2
For example, if Johnny Jump Up receives 77% (C+) first quarter, 81% (B) the second quarter, and 76%(C+) on the final, JJ's semester grade will be:
77 x 0.4 = 30.8
+ 81 x 0.4 = 32.4
+ 76 x 0.2 = 15.2
semester = 78.4 Since only a 78% is needed for a "B", Jonathan would get the semester grade of "B".
On the other hand, if Ernie "No Extra Credit" Eversleep receives 78% (B-) first quarter, 79% (B-) the second quarter, and 75% (C+)on the final, semester grade will be:
78 x 0.4 = 31.2
+ 79 x 0.4 = 31.6
+ 75 x 0.2 = 15.0
semester = 77.8 Since a 78% is needed for a "B", Ernie blew it by cutting it too close. Ernie's semester grade is a "C+", even though he had "B's" both quarters.