Grading Policy

ItemPercentage of the Grade
Problem Sets40%
Class Participation10%
Midterm Paper25%
Final Paper25%


Challenge questions:

At the end of each problem set, there will be challenge questions. These are optional: they will not count towards (or subtract from) the grade you get on that problem set. Full and correct solutions for a problem set's challenge questions does count, however, as a full class participation for the week in which the corresponding material was covered, even if you were not in class. (But only a full and correct solution set will count this way. If you try the challenge questions on a regular basis and you get partial success, then we will still count that in, somehow, in your final grade - but it will NOT make up for lack of class participation.)