PHYS 101 :: 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.


You will be able to view your grades on all components of the course using the course gradebook. Check that your lab and quiz grades are correctly entered in the gradebook.

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


Your final grade for Physics 101 will be based upon your total score on all the components of the course. The total possible score is 1000 points.

Course component Number of assignments Number dropped per semester Maximum points per semester
Prelecture and homework components:
Prelectures 24 3 25
Checkpoints 24 3 25
iclicker participation
29 5 25
Homework 14 1 75
  150 points
Discussion components:
Discussion problem sets 14 1 45
Discussion quizzes 10 2 105
  150 points
Lab components:
Prelabs 9 1 40
Labs 8 1 140
Lab practical exam (class portion) 1 0 15
Lab practical exam (online portion) 1 0 5
  200 points
Exam components:
Hour exams 3 0 3 x 100=300
Final exam 1 0 200
  500 points


Bonus Points: 30 points

You will have an opportunity to earn up to 30 bonus points via the following activities.

Bonus points will be distributed to the non-exam portion of the course when calculating your final score at the end of the semester.

Point of clarity on bonus points:  Bonus points are added to your non-exam scores up to, but not exceeding a 500 point total (remember, all of the course activities other than the exams count up to 500 points). Only bonus points that will bring your non-exam total up to 500 points may be used.

Here's an example:  I have earned 496 points for pre-lecture, checkpoints, homework, discussion quizzes, discussion problem sets, labs, pre-labs and my lab practical. I have also earned 8 bonus points for attending office hours.  I can only use 4 of my bonus points to calculate my final grade.


EX and ABS scores

Any EX scores you may be assigned in the gradebook will become the average of the non-EX scores you may have for an certain assignment type during the final grade calculation. For example, if there are 10 Discussion Participation assignments setup for your course, and you have two EX scores, 100% for seven of your scores and 0% for one of your scores, those two EXs should evaluate to 87.5% each. So your final Discussion Participation scores used in the final calculation should be:

0% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 87.5% 87.5%

Only during the final calculation are the lowest scores dropped; the dropping of lowest scores is not part of calculating EX scores.

Any ABS scores will be treated like a 0 score during final grade calculations.

Please be sure to familiarize yourself with the attendance policy for this course.

Final Grade

The following table will be used to assign final grades.

Letter Range
A+ 1000 - 950
A 949.99 - 920
A- 919.99 - 900
B+ 899.99 - 880
B 879.99 - 860
B- 859.99 - 835
C+ 834.99 - 810
C 809.99 - 780
C- 779.99 - 750
D+ 749.99 - 720
D 719.99 - 690
D- 689.99 - 610
F 609.99 - 0