# Grading System for EE42 - Fall 2000

At the beginning of the semester we said that the proportions for computing your final grade would be the following:
Homework: 10%,
Midterm 1: 25%,
Midterm 2: 25%,
Final: 40%,

and so will be.

But we find that it would be fair to give you a good final grade if you do very well in the final, even though you didn't perform so well in the midterms. So we're going to apply the following system (it's complicated, but I'll do my best to make it clear!).

1. First of all, we're going to draw a curve for your “global grade”, i.e. averaging all the grades from your homework, midterms and final with the propostions reported above. According to the mean and standard deviation of such curve you will be assigned to a grade bin (A+, A, A-, B+, B ...), i.e. you'll be given your firstglobal grade”. It may get better with what follows, but not worse.
2. Now, we're going to draw another curve, which we'll call “midterms curve”, which will only account for the two midterm grades, each one with the same weight. Again, we shall compute mean and standard deviation, and assign you to a certain grade bin, which we will call “midterms grade”.
Homework: 10%,
Midterm 1: 15%,
Midterm 2: 15%,
Final: 60%, (!)
and find the grade bin in the global curve described at point 1 of this list. The corresponding grade (which is likely to be higher than your first “global grade” if you performed better in the final than in the midterms) will become your definitive grade, i.e. the one that will go on your transcripts! Not bad, eh?
5. Note that if you're not among the people who get this “grade promotion” your grade won't be lowered, but you'll just keep your first “global grade”. In other words, we're not going to rescale the original grade curve (point 1), which will be calculated using everybody's grades, using the original proportions.
This mechanism should give you an incentive to do well in the final.

*phew!*... That's it! Good luck !!!