PHYS 211 :: 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 211 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
Prelectures 26 3 50
Checkpoints 30 3 25
(iClicker participation)
29 5 25
Homework 27 1 150
Discussion Quizzes 9 1 100
Labs 9 1 150
Hour Exams 3 0 300
Final Exam 1 0 200

Bonus Points: 25 points

You will have an opportunity to earn up to 25 bonus points via the following activities.

The bonus points will be distributed among any assignment scores except exam scores when calculating your final score at the end of the semester.

Hour Exam Retakes

You will have the opportunity to retake each of the hour exams using the College of Engineering's computer based testing facility. If you choose to retake the exam, your grade will be calculated using the average of your original and retake scores.

Learn more about how the retakes can affect your final grade in the Exam Information section of this website.

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 homework assignments setup for your course, and you have two EX scores, 100% for seven of your homework scores and 0% for one of your homework scores, those two EXs should evaluate to 87.5% each. So your final homework 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.

Final Grade

The following table will be used to assign final grades.

Final Grade Minimum Points
A+ 950
A 920
A- 900
B+ 880
B 860
B- 835
C+ 810
C 780
C- 750
D+ 720
D 690
D- 610
F <610