# PHYS 515 :: 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.

* Any discrepancies found in your student gradebook should be brought to the attention of your section instructor immediately*.

### Grading

Your final grade for Physics 515 will be based upon your total score on all the components of the course. The total possible score is 1000 points.

Everyone starts with 0 credit points (CPs). You gain CPs by doing homework, doing the midterm and final exams, and handing in paper review. There will be 12 homework sets and in total they will be worth 66% of your grade. There will be one in-person midterm exam worth 10% of your grade, and one final, take-home exam worth 16% of your grade. You will submit 4 short, 1-hour paper reviews which make up 8% of your grade. You can earn up to 30 bonus points (2 points per week) by attending office hours.

**Homework** sheets will become available online on Tuesdays after class.
The completed homework is **due** one week later on **Tuesdays at 11:55pm Central US,** and they have to be submitted via my.physics.
Unless a valid, verifiable excuse is given, homework sets which are submitted late will receive a 10% penalty per day (between Friday and
Monday a 20% penalty applies). Homework sets which are turned in more than a week late will receive no credit.

Details about the **midterm** and **final exam** can be found here.

The **1-hour paper reviews** are due in weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12 on **Thursdays at 11:55pm Central US,** and they have to be submitted via my.physics.
Unless a valid, verifiable excuse is given, paper reviews which are submitted late will receive a 10% penalty per day (between Friday and
Monday a 20% penalty applies). Paper reviews which are turned in more than a week late will receive no credit.

Further details about the **paper review** can be found here.

Course Component | Number of Assignments | Number Dropped per Semester | Maximum Points per Semester |
---|---|---|---|

Homework | 12 | 1 | 660 |

1-hour paper review | 4 | 1 | 80 |

Midterm exam | 1 | 0 | 100 |

Final exam | 1 | 0 | 160 |

Bonus points | 15 | 0 | 30 |

### Final Grade

We use the following cutoff table to calculate final scores.

Final Grade | Minimum Points |
---|---|

A+ | 970 |

A | 930 |

A- | 890 |

B+ | 850 |

B | 810 |

B- | 770 |

C+ | 730 |

C | 690 |

C- | 650 |

D+ | 600 |

D | 550 |

D- | 500 |

F | <500 |