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
Lecture and homework components:
Prelectures 26 3 25
Checkpoints 30 3 25
(iClicker participation)
29 5 25
Homework 27 1 75
  150 points
Discussion components:
Discussion quizzes 10 1 150
  150 points
Lab components:
Prelabs 9 1 32
Labs 8 1 144
Lab practical exam 1 0 16
Lab practical prelab 1 0 4
Lab survey 2 0 4
  200 points
Exam components:
Hour exams 3 0 3 x 100 = 300
Final exam 1 0 200
  500 points

Bonus Points: 25 points

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

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

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.

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

Final Grade

NOTE: For the Spring 2020 semester, considering disruptions to course due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the minimum number of points necessary to obtain a letter grade of C- will be set to 700 points.

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