I'm wondering more specifically how the midterm grades are factored into the final examination. I guess it also has to do with the structure of the final exam. The course website says:

"We will have two written intermediate bonus exams, which each count 25%. An intermediate exam counts only if the grade is better than the grade in the final exam."

The thing that confuses me slightly mathematical. If 2/3rds of the information of the class was covered by the midterm exams, why are the each worth 25% of the final grade? Will the final examination include 3 equally-sized parts including questions from material covered in the 1st exam, 2nd exam, and then that information covered afterward? Is the information covered after the two exams worth 2 times as much?

I'm mostly asking as a product of what to study. Imagine that you obtained a perfect grade for one of the midterms and thus there is no way to get a better note on the final for the corresponding information. Does this mean one can avoid studying for this particular information and skip over a section of the final exam? If so, I suppose I don't understand how the replacement works exactly.

Thanks for any clarifications.

Posted by Nathan Evans on Wednesday 19 December 2007 at 16:08