Question: I'm going to be absent from class on (insert date here)---will I miss
Answer: No! Of course not! Well, unless you mean the lecture,
examples, homework, demonstrations, discussion, and important announcements.
I suggest that you arrange to get the notes from someone
in class on the day that you were absent.
Question: How can I make up one of the scheduled 1-hour exams
that I have to miss because of (select as many as apply)
university sponsored activity
abduction and gang probing by aliens previously scheduled
selected for new "Survivor: Mars" show
something else incredibly important to me
Answer: If you have a really, really good excuse other than
medical, contact me BEFORE the scheduled exam and I will try to let
you take it early. If you are suddenly ill the day of the test, please
contact me by phone or e-mail as soon as possible, but well before the
next class meeting, and bring a note from your health care provider.
Question: How does the lab grade factor into my grade for the
Question: What score do I need to make on the final to get a
particular letter grade for the course?
Answer: Beats me! I won't try to do the calculation for you
either, but due to my incredibly generous nature, I have made it easy for
you to do yourself using the amazing automatic grade calculator that I wrote.
Question: When/where are you going to post the scores for
Answer: I will hand your
exams back in class just as soon as I grade and record them.
Your semester grade will be posted on Banner just as soon as I grade the
final---calling, e-mailing, or knocking on my door while I am working on
grades just delays the process for everyone. Once they are graded, you may
check your exam scores online.
Question: Do you curve?
Answer: No. Since the average semester score for this
course is fairly high, norming the average to a C (grading on a curve) would
lower most student's letter grade.
Question: Can you tell me what my grades are?
Answer: No. I hand all of your in-class work back as soon
as it is graded and recorded. While I do keep a record, it is extremely
time-consuming to look up and e-mail 60 or 70 people their scores during the
semester. So, if you want to know how you are doing, come to class, pick up
your work, and keep track of it yourself. Of course, you can check your online quiz scores or exam scores anytime.
Question: Do I need to bring a bluebook or scantron for the
Answer: No for the bluebook, but Yes for the
scantron. You will need a couple of #2-pencils, a good eraser, a simple
calculator, and your 3-inch by 5-inch notecard.
Question: I have the correct answer on my returned exam,
but I coded the wrong answer on the scantron. Can I get credit
Answer: No. Only if the scanner misreads your
scantron can a correction be made after you have
turned in your exam and scantron, so please make sure that you code
what you intend, including your R-number.
Question: I came to all of the classes and tried really
hard, so can I make an appointment to see you after the semester to ask
for a higher grade than I earned?
Answer: No. If it is fourth down and, even though you tried
really hard, you wind up one inch short of the goal line, it still is
not a touchdown. And once time expires, the game is over.
Everyone has to play by the same rules. So, unless
you can demonstrate an actual mistake in your grade, there is no need
to schedule a meeting after the semester to ask for special treatment.
Question: I didn't really follow the instructions on the
grade calculator, but when I don't, it shows that I should be getting a
higher grade than the one reported. If I send you email about
this after the semester and waste your time, will I get the higher grade
Answer: No. If you contact me after the semester and you
are wrong because you did not follow the directions, then you will
drop to one letter grade lower than the one you actually earned---so you
better be really sure.
Question: I can't figure out how to do the homework, can you show
me what I am doing wrong by email?
Answer: No. Dr. Gibson does not do homework or hints by
email---it is a poor way to try and explain a problem and there is
only one of me, so there is no fair or practical way for me to do this.
Question: I just got around to checking over my exam from
earlier in the semester and I think that my scantron was scored
incorrectly. Can you dig through all the scantrons and regrade mine by
Answer: Yes, if you have checked your returned exam very
carefully with the answer key and it is within three
class meetings of when the
exams were returned. If I do this once and it turns out that your
scantron was graded correctly, please don't ask me again.