The final score is composed of 10% for quizzes, 20% for workshop
problems, 20% for each midterm (there are two), and 30% for the final
(these percentages may change before the first midterm). The creation
of class (letter) grades is a bit complicated.
I have been told by the department that the distribution of class
grades in my sections should reflect the distribution of final exam
grades assigned by the course coordinator (Professor Xiaochun
Rong). So I will take the distribution of final scores, as
constructed in the previous paragraph, and use Professor Rong's
distribution to assign class letter grades.
Thus the class will be graded on a curve. However this does
not mean that the number of "A"'s must equal the number of
"F"'s. Rather, you need only do as well as the average Rutgers' 151
student to pass the class.
If this is not very comforting then consider this: a class score of
75% or higher will probably get you an A, 60% a B, and 50% a C. (But
this is only a rule of
thumb.) As another bit of "wisdom" - in a past class I observed a
roughly linear relationship between homework grades and class