|Dear 8.01 Students,
Apparently WebSIS already lists your final grades in 8.01,
so they beat me. The 8.01 website
grades are now posted, however, and these listings
include much more information.
The average grade on the
Final Exam was 66.6%, with a standard deviation of 13.5%.
For the final course average grades, the average was
72.4%, with a standard deviation of 10.3%. The cut-offs
for letter grades were as follows:
||81.0 - 100.0|
||70.0 - 80.9|
||60.0 - 69.9|
||47.0 - 59.9|
||0.0 - 46.9|
There were a few students with grades a point or two
below these borderlines who were pushed upwards by Prof.
Farhi, after discussions with the recitation instructors,
as was described in the 8.01 grading policy statement.
If you have questions about your raw recitation quiz
grade, your homework grade, or any of the exam scores,
including the final exam, please contact your recitation
instructor. If you have any questions about the
renormalization of your recitation quiz grade or the
averaging of the grades, please contact me at
If you have trouble finding your recitation instructor,
you can feel free to contact me about anything.
Grade corrections can be handled in January during IAP,
so you should not feel any pressure to interrupt your
vacation to worry about errors in the 8.01 grading.
However, if you have questions, feel free to contact us
immediately if you wish. I will respond to email during
the vacation, and I am sure that many of the other course
staff members would, too.
Further information about the procedure for
renormalizing the recitation quiz grades will be posted
For those of you who did not pass (about 10% of the
class), I wish I could be sending you happier holiday
news. However, please keep in mind that the pass/no
record system prevents this from counting against you in
the long run. Depending on their background, some
students just take more than one exposure to this material
before it really makes sense. Try not to let this make
you feel discouraged, and be prepared to roll up your
sleeves and jump into this material when you take the
course again. I am sure that you will feel much more
confident about the material after another go-through.
Have a happy holiday!
[Posted Wednesday, 12/25/02.]