Chemistry 104 Grades

The point is the unit of work in this course. Your grade for this course will be determined entirely by the number of points earned according to the following table:

D40 Points
D+45 Points
C-50 Points
C55 Points
C+60 Points
B-65 Points
B70 Points
B+75 Points
A-80 Points
A85 Points

Points are not considered to be earned until they have been documented in your notebook, with corresponding notebook page numbers recorded on the inside front cover.

Points may be earned on a variety of assignments:

  • Quizzes (1 point each): At the beginning of each class period a reading quiz is given on the first section (Mercury) of the chapter to be discussed that day. Quizzes are designed to be easy for those who have read the assignment and impossible for those who have not. The first three minutes of each class are devoted to the quiz. Students who are absent or late miss the opportunity to take the quiz. If you anticipate being absent, you may take the quiz before the scheduled quiz period. Quiz points are among the easiest points available and absent students will miss them sorely.

  • Tests (1 point each): Each chapter has a test associated with it. Tests are drawn from the second section (Sulfur) of each chapter. A test may have several questions on it and they must all be answered correctly for credit to be awarded. Tests are generally harder than quizzes, though they carry the same credit. You may retake tests as many times as you wish, but the questions differ from one copy of a test to the next. You may take no more than 3 tests per weekday. You may practice tests online, but only paper tests earn points.

  • Projects (1 point each): The third section of each chapter (Salt) describes an activity which generally results in the production of a particular substance. All projects are pass/fail and the criteria for passing are given at the end of each chapter. Projects are generally more time-consuming than tests, though they carry the same credit. Each project must be documented in the notebook as described in Appendix B of the textbook.

  • Gold (1 point each): When you have earned 3 points (quiz, test, project) from a single chapter, you will be awarded a 4th point for the mastery of that chapter. It is therefore to your advantage to complete whole chapters rather than working on them piecemeal.

  • Platinum (4 points each): You may make a YouTube video on any of the projects. Your video must meet titling and editing standards to be coordinated with Brian Burns of the library. Videos of sufficient quality (I am the sole judge) will be awarded 4 points, which may be divided (2 each) between two students working on a joint video.

  • New Project (8 point total): Propose a new project that you think should have been included in Caveman Chemistry. Proposal (2 points): Write a proposal designed to convince me that your project belongs in Caveman Chemistry. Mercury (2 points): An historical, first-person story about how the technology came to be. Make sure your narrator corresponds to one or more of our archetypes. Sulfur (2 points): A description of the chemistry behind the project. Salt (2 points): Instructions for making a hands-on project). For each of these 4 assignments, the first point is awarded on the first draft and the second on the final draft. Each successful final draft will cite at least two sources.

  • Chemical Concepts Inventory (4 point each): You may take the Chemical Concepts Inventory twice—once at the beginning and once at the end of the semester. This short test attempts to assess your knowledge of basic chemical concepts rather than to test specific skills. You will receive 4 points provided that you correctly answer at least 25% of the questions. You may take the first CCI during either of the first two laboratory periods of the semester. You may take the second CCI during either of the last two laboratory periods of the semester.