PHY 101 Grading Policy


Students are expected to turn in assignments on time, the day they are due. Late work is not accepted, unless the student can provide the instructor with documented proof of a genuine medical or family emergency.


In most cases, a numerical grade is assigned to student's work on homework assignments and exams. In those few cases where it isn't, a letter grade is used. Here are the most common types of questions you will encounter in this course:


The 2-point Concept Question: Students are required to identify and state all of the concepts or laws of nature that apply to the situation described in the question, and then explain in their own words, how those concepts or laws specifically apply to that situation. Click here for a PDF copy of a scoring rubric for 2-point concept questions. Good examples of these types of questions are the questions at the end of each chapter in your textbook that are labeled with the letter "Q".  Each problem that is labeled "Q1" or "Q2" may actually have several questions embedded within it.  In that case, each embedded question counts as a separate 2-point concept question.


The 2-point Math Problem: Students are required to select a mathematical equation, substitute numerical values into it, and solve it for the correct answer. All work must be shown correctly to get full credit. Click here for a PDF copy of a scoring rubric for 2-point math problems. Good examples of these types of problems are the "exercises" at the end of many of the chapters in your textbook.  They are labeled with the letter "E".  Another example would be found in the "synthesis problems".  Synthesis problems are typically divided up into parts.  Synthesis problem "SP1 part a" would count for 2 points and synthesis problem "SP1 part b" would count for another 2 points.  You may not be assigned all the parts of a synthesis problem as printed in the book.    Click here for an example of how to show your work.


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