## Midterm Curve

$\Delta G^{\circ}= \Delta H^{\circ} - T \Delta S^{\circ}$

$\Delta G^{\circ}= -RT\ln K$

$\Delta G^{\circ}= \sum \Delta G_{f}^{\circ}(products) - \sum \Delta G_{f}^{\circ}(reactants)$

Ellis Song 4I
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### Midterm Curve

Does Lavelle curve his tests at all? Can we expect a curve for the midterm?

504939134
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### Re: Midterm Curve

Going off what happened in 14A and in his syllabus, he does not curve the midterm but a 50% in the class is a C, so in that way he does curve the final grade to help those that are close to failing.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

Yes, I don't believe individual exam scores are curved, but rather that the final grade boundaries are determined based on the overall performance of the class after the final.

Dina 2k
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### Re: Midterm Curve

how soon does he usually have it graded and back to us?

Patricia Cardenas
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### Re: Midterm Curve

I don't believe he curves the midterm or tests because of the overall class curve.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

Dina 2k wrote:how soon does he usually have it graded and back to us?

For 14A I think we got our exam back around a week and a half after the day of the midterm!

Emma Popescu 1L
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### Re: Midterm Curve

My TA said he will most likely curve the midterm because most people did very bad.

Kallista McCarty 1C
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I'm not sure if there is an official "curve" but all you need is a 50% overall in the class to pass with a C

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### Re: Midterm Curve

Lavelle doesn't adjust overall grades until the end of the quarter, so no there is no curve for any individulal test.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

Emma Popescu 1L wrote:My TA said he will most likely curve the midterm because most people did very bad.

I hope he does make an exception and curve. The midterm had some unexpected questions :/

Mandeep Garcha 2H
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### Re: Midterm Curve

To pass the class with a C- you need 250 points. He does not curve individual tests, but he may adjust grades at the end of the quarter depending on the overall class grades.

Diana Chavez-Carrillo 2L
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### Re: Midterm Curve

Dina 2k wrote:how soon does he usually have it graded and back to us?

My TA said that midterms will be graded and handed back to us after lecture on Wed.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

Yeah, my TA said the same thing about how midterms will be given back to us after lecture on Wednesday.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

I really hopes he curves the midterm because it was more difficult than expected. However, I wouldn't put too much hope in that because he also could easily not curve the midterm.

Isabella Dal Porto 1H
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### Re: Midterm Curve

Yeah he usually doesn't curve the midterm even if the average is low.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

I also hope he curves it although I doubt he will. On the bright side, half the class will get a C or higher in the final grade I think

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### Re: Midterm Curve

504939134 wrote:Going off what happened in 14A and in his syllabus, he does not curve the midterm but a 50% in the class is a C, so in that way he does curve the final grade to help those that are close to failing.

Does this mean all other grades are curved too? Like how low does an A or an A- go? Or does it not apply for those?

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### Re: Midterm Curve

he never curves actual tests, however he changes the grading scale for the final grades. for example, if you get 50% of all the possible points in the course, you pass the class with a C-, and based on how everyone did this quarter, he will adjust the grading scale accordingly.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

He doesn't curve individual tests :( but the overall grade is adjusted at the end of the quarter. There's no hope til the end of the quarter :(((

Tahlia Mullins
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### Re: Midterm Curve

Sadly, no curve for individual tests since there is a curve at the end of the quarter depending on how students do overall. To pass the class, you only need 50% of points.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

We will be getting midterms back Wednesday after lecture. The TAs will be outside

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### Re: Midterm Curve

From my experience with Lavelle last quarter, he does not curve the tests individually. However, he does curve the final grade of the class with 50% as a C-. This highly elevates your chances of passing the class.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

I dont think he will curve the midterm considering the final grade is technically curved

305385703
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### Re: Midterm Curve

The cutoffs for final grades are curved but we don't exactly know what the cutoffs are.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

Tests themselves are not curved but the grade distribution is based on everyone FINAL grade.

Omar Selim 1D
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### Re: Midterm Curve

On his syllabus it says that he does not curve but that grades will be determined at the end of the quarter

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### Re: Midterm Curve

Lavelle does not curve his tests but sometimes in the past he has adjusted the final grades.

Lauren Stack 1C
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### Re: Midterm Curve

The class is point based, so tests are not curved by themselves. The class as a whole is curved or adjusted. In order to pass the class, you must receive half of the available points.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

I think he will curve the class to the median which is a B.

Yailin Romo 4G
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### Re: Midterm Curve

I don't know if he does curves for midterms and tests but he might do adjustments at the end of the quarter.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

Dina 2k wrote:how soon does he usually have it graded and back to us?

Dr. Lavelle said in an email that he would have them back for us by Wednesday, 2/19 after lecture.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

Individual tests aren't curved but the class grade distribution will be at the end of the quarter if the pre-curve average falls short of what he wants for the final average.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

Only the whole class is curved

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### Re: Midterm Curve

Based on his syllabus and last quarter (14a), I don't think he curves to help a B+, A-, A student...I believe the "curve" he refers to on his syllabus is mostly for students in the C (getting a 50% to pass the class)...but I will say that the midterm was hard and I do hope things are different this quarter :/

He sent out an email saying that the midterms will be given out on Wednesday hopefully...

Alexis Robles 2k
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### Re: Midterm Curve

He doesn't curve the midterm but assigns grades at the end of the quarter depending on the overall class performance.

Emil Velasco 1H
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### Re: Midterm Curve

I don't think the midterm itself is curved

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I really wish but no, unfortunately ):

Venus_Hagan 2L
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I don't believe he will curve the midterm itself. :(

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### Re: Midterm Curve

I have heard that if the midterm/final scores are exceptionally lower than normal, he usually adjusts the grades bit. For 14A the final average was very high thus no curve, but after this midterm there might be one.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

One thing that will give you an idea as to whether the grades will be adjusted at the end of the quarter or not is the average of the midterm, which he will state in class on Wednesday. Last quarter the averages for the midterm and the final were in the mid 70's so he did not really adjust the grades. I have a feeling the average for this midterm will be way below that, so hopefully we are in luck :-)

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### Re: Midterm Curve

Individual tests aren't curved :(

Kevin Antony 2B
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### Re: Midterm Curve

I'm pretty sure he curved 14a at the end of last quarter, but I wouldn't expect him to do as much for 14b.

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### Re: Midterm Curve

His syllabus says he does not curve, but I imagine there would only be a curve if a very low number of people pass on an exam.

Viviana Velasquez
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### Re: Midterm Curve

He does not curve but they are super generous with points and your grade depends on points, not percentage.

Aiden Metzner 2C
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### Re: Midterm Curve

He curves the class based on the total overall scores. Don't expect your midterm score to be curved but likely if everyones final class scores are lower then expected he will curve the class

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### Re: Midterm Curve

I have been told that he does not curve the midterm, however, he does curve the class grading scale at the end of the quarter by just a little bit.