` MATH 508, Fall 2010 Course Grading
Penn Math Math 508: Advanced Analysis I Fall 2010

Homework and Course Grading

Exams: There will be two in-class exams, from 9:00-10:20 on
  * Thurs. Oct 14 (just after Fall Break)
  * Thurs, Dec. 9 (the last day of class)
  * No Final Exam

Course Grades:   Homework: 40%,   Each Exam: 30%.

It is often smart to discuss the homework with others in the class -- but counterproductive to be a parasite.

The grading for each homework will comprise of two independent scores: a "completion score" based on how many problems you honestly attempted, and a "success score" based on how many problems you successfully solved out of the ones the TA chooses to grade.

One goal of your work is to communicate, so neatness counts. PLEASE staple/paperclip your homework. If your homework is not stapled together, the TA will take off 2 points from your homework each time..

Since we all have a few bad weeks, your two lowest homework scores will be dropped (late homeworks will not be accepted).

Bonus Problems
In most weeks a Bonus problem may be offered. They are primarily intended as a challenge to the best students.
It would be poor strategy to spend lots of time on the Bonus problems at the cost of not learning the basic material. The scores on the Bonus Problems will not be used in a numerical computation of course grades. However, if you are between two grades and have done well on some of the Bonus Problems, then you will likely be pushed to the higher grade.
Note that it is possible to receive an "A" in this course and not solve any Bonus Problems.

In giving grades, I act more as a secretary. Most students get the same grade the other students in the class would have given them.