Grading
Course
grades will be based on a running online midterm exam given as a
series of quizzes, a proctored final exam given during finals week, and
online graded homework using Calculus on the Web (COW).
The grading scale for the course will be no
stricter than 90100% A or better, 8090% B or better, 7080% C or
better. I
don't give very many grades of D or D.
The weighting of the graded components are as follows:
Activity 
Percentage of Course Grad 
Midterm (given as online quizzes) 
35 % 
Final (proctored) 
40 % 
Homework (given online using COW) 
25 % 
All COW graded homework must be completed by the last day
of Dead Week.
Each quiz deadline (see the course calendar) will be
strictly enforced. If you cannot keep up with these deadlines, you
should probably drop or withdraw from this course.
More Information
 Calculators: You are allowed to use graphing
calculators on all exams. However, on the proctored final exam you must
show work that justifies your answer. This means that you must present
the mathematical reasoning needed to justify your answers. You may use
a calculator to check your work and otherwise assist you. However, the
work you present to justify any answer you give must stand alone, just
as if you didn't have a calculator during the exam. I want to know what
you know, not what your calculator knows.
 Homework: While completing graded homework on COW,
you may use any resources available to you.
 Running Midterm (The Quizzes): While taking the
quizzes on Blackboard, you may not consult another person but
you may use your text, personal notes, etc. The last date that each
quiz will be available for taking is posted on the course calendar. The
quizzes use mostly a multiple choice format and there is a time limit
for each quiz. Coverage, the time limits, and other information about
the quizzes may be found using the quiz link in each web lesson.
 Final: The final exam will be proctored. Click on directions to read
the directions that will be on the cover of your final exam.
 Proctors for the Final Exam:
 Students near Corvallis, Oregon: If you are in
the Corvallis area you may take final oncampus in the Math Learning
Center (MLC) during finals week. Testing hours are normally from 10 AM
and ending at 4PM on Monday through Thursday of Finals week. Check with
your instructor during dead week about final arrangements.
 Students outside the Corvallis area: If you
are outside the Corvallis area, you will take the final during finals
week. You will need to help arrange for a suitable proctor (a
teacher, a librarian, etc.) for the exam. Click proctor
for help and instructions on finding a proctor.
 Goal: The goal of MTH 251 is to learn the
fundamentals of differential calculus and obtain a deeper understanding
of the meaning and use of this branch of mathematics.
