By request of those who have offices in Baker Laboratory and so as not to disrupt the lecture, the front doors to the lecture hall close (and lock) at 9:05 and should remain closed until class ends. If you come late or need to leave early, do not use the doors at the front of the second or third floor halls. Instead, go to the back of the lobby on the first floor where, near a bust of a famous former member of the Chemistry department, you will find two staircases leading to the back of the main floor and balcony of Baker 200.
Electronic devices are known distractors for users and those around them. Cell phone use is not allowed during lectures. If you wish to use a laptop during lecture, please sit stage left (the left side of the lecture hall as you walk in from the front).
Your participation via iClickers factors into your Class Participation grade. Answering one question gives you 1.5 points, answering subsequent questions gives you an additional .25 points, for a maximum of 2.0 points per day. There will usually be a question at 9:05. Since we do not expect perfect attendance, if you get approximately 90% of the possible clicker points, we consider that 100%. Because of the leniency baked into the scoring, we will not manually adjust your clicker score if you are late to class, must leave early, your battery dies, you forget/misplace your iClicker, etc.
You may miss two labs with no penalty. If you miss more than two labs over the course of the semester, we will reduce your course grade by half a letter grade (e.g., B goes to B-) for every two labs missing.
Most problems can be checked by our online system, which requires that your answers be exactly correct. Alternatively, you may get the lab checked off manually by the course staff during your lab section. They will review your submission, and if they believe that you have put in enough work, they will give you credit regardless of the correctness of your answers. The goal for the labs is practice, not perfection.
Some labs also include thought questions. These are open-ended questions that we have to grade manually.
Please note that in-person lab check-offs can happen only:
Because you can miss 2 labs with no penalty and there is more than a 7 day window for you to complete each lab, we will not grant extentions or chances to receive credit for missed labs in cases of sickness, travel, other outside obligations.
Assignments will be accepted up to 5 days late with an assessed penalty of 10% per day. Please allow at least 20 minutes to upload your assignment. We do not have the bandwidth to support dozens of requets that assignments turned in 3 minutes past midnight not be assessed the additional 10% penalty.
Extenuating circumstances that affect your ability to complete assignments within these 5 days should be brought to our attention (via cs1110-prof) at least 72 hours before the actual deadline. We will not accommodate last minute or post-deadline pleas.
Your semester grade will be calculated approximately as follows: