PHYS 486 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Course Grading

Course grading will proceed in compliance with University policy as given in Article 3, Part 1 of the Student Code.

General grading rules

We use a holistic grading scale for all assignments/evaluations in the course, as follows:


Homework will be submitted on Gradescope. Convert your homework into a good-quality and well-legible PDF and upload it there before the deadline.  Late assignments will be marked down 20% for each 24-hour period beyond the due date, i.e., if your raw score is x, your score n days late would be (1 - 0.2 * n) * x; it does not matter, for example, if you're 1 minute late or 23 hours late -- both count as 1 day late.  No homework can be accepted for credit after solutions have been posted. 

The homework sets must be clearly written, and graders must be able to follow your steps to assess your ability to solve the problems -- show your work clearly!


You will be able to view your grades on all components of the course using the course Gradebook.


Your final grade for Physics 486 will be based upon the course components as follows:

Course Component Number of Assignments  Percentage 
Discussion sessions
(Graded for participation. 2 lowest are dropped.)
13 15%
(lowest will be dropped)
9 25%
Midterm exams I and II 2 30%
Final Exam 1 30%