Frequently Asked Questions

Number 1
Question: I have missed exams, and/or labs, and/or not completed some homework assignments. What can I do at the end of the semester for "extra credit" so that I can make all of this up?
Answer: All of the credit for the semester is detailed on the course outline. There is no "extra credit," and certainly nothing that can be done at the end of the semester to make up for not doing the assignments.
Number 2
Question: I'm going to be absent from class on (insert date here)---will I miss anything? Or, I missed class for some reason---should I email you and ask what I missed?
Answer: No. Your assignments are online. I also suggest that you arrange to get the notes from someone in class for the day(s) that you were absent.
Number 3
Question: Do you give bonus points?
Answer: No. All of the credit for the semester is detailed in the course outline.
Number 4
Question: How can I make up one of the scheduled exams that I have to miss because of (select as many as apply)
  1. university sponsored activity
  2. medical emergency
  3. family emergency
  4. abduction and gang probing by aliens previously scheduled
  5. selected for new "Survivor: Greenland" show
  6. voted in as an "American Idol" finalist
  7. 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 before the next class meeting, and if possible, bring a note from your health care provider.
Number 5
Question: How does the laboratory/discussion grade factor into my grade for the course?
Answer: Please see the course outline or the online grade calculator. Your lab/discussion scores will be determined by those instructors.
Number 6
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.
Number 7
Question: When/where are you going to post the scores for the exam?
Answer: Your exam scores will be available online in a timely fashion. Your semester grade will be posted on Raiderlink just as soon as possible---calling, e-mailing, or knocking on my door before this just delays the process for everyone and annoys the professor.
Number 8
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.
Number 9
Question: Can you tell me what my grades are?
Answer: No. It is extremely time-consuming to look up and e-mail many people their scores during the semester. So, if you want to know how you are doing, you can check your homework, or exam scores anytime.
Number 10
Question: Do I need to bring a bluebook or scantron for the exam?
Answer: No for the bluebook, but yes for the scantron. You will also need a good writing implement (a #2 pencil, a reasonable scientific calculator (mine is ≤ $11), and your 3-inch by 5-inch notecard.
Number 11
Question: I have the correct answer on my returned exam, but I coded the wrong answer on the scantron. Can I get credit anyway?
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.
Number 12
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. 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.
Number 13
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 anyway?
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.

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