Here is a summary of the grade lines set for the course and
the number of students at each grade level as well as the percentage.
A 80-100 92 20.8%
B 70-79.9 149 33.7%
C 58-69.9 156 35.3%
D 50-57.9 26 5.9%
F <50 19 4.3%
10.2% of the class (45 students) made a grade below a C. I am sure
that for those of you at this level it is disappointing. The cut-off
however, this year is much lower than the traditional 15-20% that
it has been in the past. It reflects your ability to use the makeup
exams to improve your grades. I believe that all of you can pass
8.01 if you put in the effort needed.
Recitation instructors have your grades. You may contact them.
Official grades will be submitted to the Registrar this week.
Just a brief update for you. I sampled 100 grades for Exam 2 and
the average was 37/60. Not quite as high as the first exam but still
a good average.
I will have a target score for the makeup exam by Wednesday. The
exam will be on Tuesday, November 4, in 26-100. Please check the
Some have asked what the target score means. It is meant to be
a score which would be above the passing grade based on class exams
alone. It is very important for you to try to achieve this level
of performance or better at the least.
An update for you on Exam 2. It is on Friday during
your regular lecture hours. Names A-R in 26-100 and names S-Z in
The exam will have four problems. One will be a five part multiple
choice. There will be a dynamics F=ma question, another on circular
motion and another involving kinetic and potential energy and work.
The exam will touch on almost every important physics concept developed
in my lectures.
An optional quiz review will be held by Prof. Wen in 26-100 Wednesday
Oct. 22 from 4 - 5 pm.
I have asked all instructors to e-mail each of you that have any
MP grades missing, homework grades, recitation quizzes or class
exams. If you do not hear from them then your record should be complete.
If you have any concers you should e-mail your instructors. I am
trying to avoid having any student fall through a crack in the system.
It would be very difficult to reconstruct and fix in December.
Evening tutoring sessions will begin Monday, October 20.
The hours are listed on the Tutoring page.
The solutions to Exam #1 and Make-up Exam #1 have
been posted on the Exams page. The Exam
#1 histogram is there as well.
Please read the Memo on Freshman
Physics from Prof. Tom Greytak, Associate Department Head for
Education. It discusses grading policy, sources of help, and moving
on to 8.02.