PHYS 225 :: 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. Note that points in Gradescope do not coinside with points in the gradebook (listed in the table below). Points from Gradescope will be transferred into the gradebook using correspondent percentage relations.

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


Your final grade for Physics 225 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:
Lectures (one-minute papers)
2 per lecture
14 3 (pairs of one-minute papers) 200
Homework 13 1 200
  400 points
Discussion Problem Sets 13 1 100
  100 points
Exam components:
Midterm Exam 1 0 225
Final Exam 1 0 275
  500 points

Bonus Points: 20 points

You will have an opportunity to earn up to 20 bonus points via the following activities.

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 homework, discussion, and lecture attendance. 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.

Bonus points will be distributed 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 a 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.

You are responsible for knowing the attendance policy for this course.

Final Grade

Final Letter Grade Total Points
(minimum point total required)
A+ 970
A 930
A- 900
B+ 870
B 830
B- 800
C+ 770
C 730
C- 700
D+ 670
D 630
D- 600
F <600