PHYS 598GTC :: 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.

Homework will be submitted via Gradescope. Due dates for homework assignments can be found on the course schedule page.  Late assignments will be marked down 20% for each business day beyond the due date, i.e., if your raw score is x, your score one day late would be 0.8 x.  No homework can be accepted for credit after solutions have been posted. The homework sets must be clearly written.

Final Presentation: Every student will give a 30min final presentation during the last two weeks of class. The presentation will be based on a paper or topic relevant to geometry and topology in condensed matter physics.


You will be able to view your grades on all components of the course using the course Gradebook.


Your final grade for Physics 598 GTC 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 Total Points
Homework 6 300
Lecture Participation 29 400
Final Presentation 1 300


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

The following table will be used to assign final grades.

Letter Range
A+ 1000 - 950
A 949.99 - 910
A- 909.99 - 900
B+ 899.99 - 850
B 849.99 - 810
B- 809.99 - 800
C+ 799.99 - 750
C 749.99 - 710
C- 709.99 - 700
D+ 699.99 - 650
D 649.99 - 610
D- 609.99 - 600
F 599.99 - 0