## Undergrad Grade Problem

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yoshikart

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This made me smile

ams212

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yoshikart wrote:he also said he's generous and so students typically receive grades one higher than they deserve

Where the hell do you go to school?

dingbat

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yoshikart wrote:won't be contesting the B+. more the unpublished, opaque grade breakdown that somehow allowed a B+ to drag down 2 certifiable A's on exams. For that to happen wouldn't the paper need to be worth 50% of the grade, and that just doesn't sound right (esp. because he didn't say the paper was worth that much).

No, it doesn't. Let's say the score for a B+ is up to 85, an A- is 86-90 and an A is 91+.
Now let's say the weights are 45% for each exam and 10% for the paper.
If you scored 91 for each exam (minimum for A) and 85 for the paper (maximum for B+), your average grade is 0.45*91 + 0.45*91 + 0.10*85 = 40.95+40.95+8.50 = 90.40, which is an A-.

Suck it up, buttercup

yoshikart

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dingbat

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yoshikart wrote:but I scored 2nd out of 60... if my performance on the exams was @ the minimum for A's, then everyone else must've been royally screwed.

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No. Depending on how parts are weighted and what score differentiates what grade, you could have gotten 100% correct on each exam, gotten the bare minimum for a B+ on the paper, and still end up with an A- overall. I'm too lazy to calculate another hypo, but that doesn't require a 50% weighting.

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yoshikart

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yoshikart wrote:ok it doesn't require 50% weighting we agree. But it's still really opaque and it could be worth a challenge to determine that his dislike played no role, no?

LOL, the administration isn't going to burn your professor because your AAB+ got you an A-. Professors are allowed to use discretion.

dingbat

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Desert Fox wrote:
yoshikart wrote:ok it doesn't require 50% weighting we agree. But it's still really opaque and it could be worth a challenge to determine that his dislike played no role, no?

LOL, the administration isn't going to burn your professor because your AAB+ got you an A-. Professors are allowed to use discretion.

Besides, in most circumstances I'd expect AAB+ to become A-

09042014

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dingbat wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
yoshikart wrote:ok it doesn't require 50% weighting we agree. But it's still really opaque and it could be worth a challenge to determine that his dislike played no role, no?

LOL, the administration isn't going to burn your professor because your AAB+ got you an A-. Professors are allowed to use discretion.

Besides, in most circumstances I'd expect AAB+ to become A-

Exactly. That averages to a 3.78. Which is closer to A- than A.

suralin

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yoshikart wrote:won't be contesting the B+. more the unpublished, opaque grade breakdown that somehow allowed a B+ to drag down 2 certifiable A's on exams. For that to happen wouldn't the paper need to be worth 50% of the grade, and that just doesn't sound right (esp. because he didn't say the paper was worth that much).

he also said he's generous and so students typically receive grades one higher than they deserve. when I asked him about the grade breakdown and how his generosity works, he told he's done talking about it.

LOL. TITCR.

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