Grading Process

There are six quizzes. Quizzes will total 36% of the final grade (6% each).  

There are two Mid-Term exams that contribute 30% (15% each) to the final grade.

The Final Exam will count 34% of the final grade.

This course will be graded on a curve.  I expect, but do NOT promise, that
the class average will be in the C range

In order to find where you lie in the score distribution, you need to know your scores on all the quizzes and tests to date.

Your score is determined by comparing your raw scores on the tests with the averages from those tests, scaled by their standard deviations, and by their weights. For the mathematically inclined, the equation is as follows:

You are probably asking yourself, "What does he expect us to make out of that?" Nothing, really. I just include it for grins. But you can see where you stand by using the Running Score Calculator.

Well, okay, you might say, but what does this MEAN?

This is where my personal flexibility comes in. Basically, in terms of letter grades, it means whatever I say it means. If I were to use the classic curve-grading formalism, it would mean as follows:

As best as I can recall, I have always set the grade lines more leniently than that. So if you just use those numbers, you'll get a pessimistic estimate of what sort of grade you are looking at.

I won't pin myself down about grades more specifically than that. Where I draw the lines at the end of the semester will depend on what the average scores are and where good looking breaks show up in the distribution.


The following links will display the distribution of scores on the quizzes and tests for all students currently registered for Astro 102. You can see where your scores fit in comparison with the rest of the class.

Quiz 1 Scores

Quiz 2 Scores

Quiz 3 Scores

Quiz 4 Scores

Quiz 5 Scores

Quiz 6 Scores

Mid-Term 1 Scores

Mid-Term 2 Scores

Running Total Scores