Chemistry 185 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:

D650 Points
D+700 Points
C-750 Points
C800 Points
C+850 Points
B-900 Points
B950 Points
B+1000 Points
A-1050 Points
A1100 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:

  • Homework (130 points): You may work as many as 65 homework problems selected from the Practice Problems at the end of each chapter of Scientific Soapmaking. Work each problem on a right-hand page of your notebook. Then use the answers in the back of the book to correct your solution on a left-hand page facing your solution. If you got the problem correct, simply write “correct” on the facing page. You will earn 1 point for each problem and 1 point for its correction, regardless of whether you got it right. Thus, it is to your advantage to work the problem without consulting the answer first. Working homework problems prepares you for the Cumulative Exam.

  • CP/HP Level I Test (130 points): This written test is made of of 20 questions. You will receive 5 points for each correct answer up to 16. The 17th, 18th, and 19th correct answers are worth 10 points each. The 20th correct answer is worth 20 points. You may retake the test once per week until you are satisfied with your grade. Each version of the test will include a different selection of questions. The menu bar on the left includes an online practice version.

  • CP/HP Level II Test (130 points): This written test is made of of 20 questions. You will receive 5 points for each correct answer up to 16. The 17th, 18th, and 19th correct answers are worth 10 points each. The 20th correct answer is worth 20 points. You may retake the test once per week until you are satisfied with your grade. Each version of the test will include a different selection of questions. The menu bar on the left includes an online practice version. To get credit for this test you must submit a packaged and labeled bar of soap from your firm. The soap, its packaging, and label must be judged satisfactory.

  • Cumulative Exam (260 points): This exam consist of 13 problems selected from the Practice Problems at the end of each chapter of Scientific Soapmaking. Each problem is worth up to 20 points. You may take the Cumulative Exam once per week until you are satisfied with your grade.

  • Return on Equity (130 points): You will contribute capital and labor to the soap firm of your choice and will share in the firm's profits. Your individual Return on Equity (iROE) is your net income divided by the capital you contributed. Each firm will compute a Return on Equity (fROE) and the highest of these (mfROE) will set the grade scale for this assignment. Your grade on this assignment will be max(130*(iROE)/(mfROE), 130).

  • Analytical Project (130 points): After the production phase, your firm will perform a series of analytical tests. You will do the lab work together, but will write up individual reports for the analyses. Your grade will be determined by the accuracy and precision of your results, by the correctness of your calculations, and by the thoroughness of your report. The report should be 5-7 pages long.

  • Quarterly Report (260 points): Each partner in the firm will write a quarterly report detailing the successes and failures of his firm. The imagined audience for this report is a potential investor. You will want to explain the accounts using GnuCash reports and describe changes in operating procedures that would improve efficiency and/or profitability for the coming quarter and year. You will want to describe the firm's products, identify any products that you would drop, and propose any new products that you would add. The purpose of this report is to present an honest account of what actually happened for your firm. If you sugarcoat it, an investor is likely to be suspicious. Even a partner in a struggling firm has the opportunity to write an excellent report. The report should be 8-10 pages long.

  • Attendance Bonus (50 points): A student will receive a 50 point bonus for perfect attendance. A student with one absence will receive a 25 point bonus, and one with two absences a 10 point bonus. Students with more than two absences will forfeit the attendance bonus. Excused absences must be cleared in advance and confirmed by the appropriate College officer.