Grade Breakdown

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Taylor K 2D
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Grade Breakdown

Postby Taylor K 2D » Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:04 pm

Does anyone know Lavelle's grade breakdown/rubric, i.e. how many points equal an A/A-/B/etc.?

Adrienne Yuh 2B
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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Adrienne Yuh 2B » Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:07 pm

I don't think he mentions anything on this, but he does say 50% or higher is required to pass with a C- or higher.

Katie Lam 2J
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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Katie Lam 2J » Thu Nov 05, 2020 3:43 pm

Unfortunately, the syllabus does not say anything about the specific grade breakdowns.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby AmyHo2K » Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:33 pm

He doesn't say specifically so I would just assume that you take your total points you got, divide by 100, and the percent would translate to "normal" grading methods.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Brian Bui 3H » Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:49 pm

I'm assuming it's just a general/typical straight scale where:

93%-100%: A
90%-92.9%: A-
87%-89.9%: B+
83%-86.9%: B
and so on...

However I'm unsure about the cutoffs as the percentages get lower because you need at least 50% for a C-
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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby AlyssaMaynard1C » Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:51 pm

Adrienne Yuh 2C wrote:I don't think he mentions anything on this, but he does say 50% or higher is required to pass with a C- or higher.

I think the 50% is applied to the homework and posting on chemistry community too. If you don't get 50% or more of the total points you can't get above a C-.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby AlyssaMaynard1C » Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:54 pm

Taylor K 2C wrote:Does anyone know Lavelle's grade breakdown/rubric, i.e. how many points equal an A/A-/B/etc.?

Both midterms are only out of 110 points and we have a total of 500 points in the class. So if you aren't happy with your score, there are points to be gained and improve your grade.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Colin Squire 3B » Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:37 pm

I could be wrong but what I did was add all of the points I earned out of the total possible points to get a percentage. So like adding 4 weeks worth of chem community points, midterm, and homework points.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Katie Phan 1K » Fri Nov 06, 2020 12:31 pm

I'm not sure what the specific grade breakdowns are. Maybe email him?

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Evonne Hsu 1J » Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:15 pm

I think on the syllabus it says all the points added up which includes chemistry community, sapling hw, midterm 1 & 2, and a final to a total of 500 pts (if I recall correctly).

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Sukhkiran Kaur 3I » Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:38 pm

I think our class is out of 500 pts, and it's probably the regular scale where 93% and higher is an A/A+, 90% and higher is an A-, and so on.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby darchen3G » Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:43 pm

It's all on the syllabus guys, don't email him for this pls he gets enough emails I'm sure.

Sapling hw 5 pts per week, 50 total
Chemistry community 5 points per week, 50 total
Midterms 110 each, Final 180, total 500 points.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby AliAsh 1H » Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:47 pm

Sukhkiran_Kaur_3F wrote:I think our class is out of 500 pts, and it's probably the regular scale where 93% and higher is an A/A+, 90% and higher is an A-, and so on.

Yeah Im pretty sure I read somewhere that this is how its broken down

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Ke Huang 2G » Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:17 pm

I think 93+ is A, 90+ is A-, and 87+ is B+.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Renny_kim_2G » Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:00 am

Does anyone know the minimum points we can lose to maintain an A or A-? Or is he curving the grades later?

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Mahika More 1H » Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:11 pm

Renny_kim_2G wrote:Does anyone know the minimum points we can lose to maintain an A or A-? Or is he curving the grades later?

I don't think I heard anything about curves, but who knows! As for the grading scale I think it is as mentioned above.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Hannah Rim 2D » Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:37 am

Renny_kim_2G wrote:Does anyone know the minimum points we can lose to maintain an A or A-? Or is he curving the grades later?

I've mostly heard that he uses a straight grading scale with no curves (490/500=A+, 465/500=A and so on) but I'm not entirely sure on this. The only thing I know for sure is that he doesn't down curve. Hope this helps! (:

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby AHUNT_1A » Fri Nov 27, 2020 9:13 am

AlyssaMaynard1C wrote:
Adrienne Yuh 2C wrote:I don't think he mentions anything on this, but he does say 50% or higher is required to pass with a C- or higher.

I think the 50% is applied to the homework and posting on chemistry community too. If you don't get 50% or more of the total points you can't get above a C-.



In agreement with Alyssa, all that is on his website is the breakdown of HW (50 pts) Discussion Post (50pts) MT 1(110) MT 2 (110) and the Final 180 so getting at least a 50% of this will give at least a C-.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Ava Nickman » Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:40 am

Adrienne Yuh 2C wrote:I don't think he mentions anything on this, but he does say 50% or higher is required to pass with a C- or higher.



I saw that too and was so confused... He is saying if you earn a 50% in the class you automatically pass?

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby TJ Lai 2H » Sat Nov 28, 2020 7:59 pm

Ava Nickman wrote:
Adrienne Yuh 2C wrote:I don't think he mentions anything on this, but he does say 50% or higher is required to pass with a C- or higher.



I saw that too and was so confused... He is saying if you earn a 50% in the class you automatically pass?


yep I think to pass the class with a C- or higher you'll need at least a 50% in the class. Otherwise I'm pretty sure the grade breakdown follows what Brian mentioned (93+ is an A, etc.), unless there are drastic changes in the grade distributions after the final

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby miguel zatarain 2B » Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:02 pm

Ava Nickman wrote:
Adrienne Yuh 2C wrote:I don't think he mentions anything on this, but he does say 50% or higher is required to pass with a C- or higher.



I saw that too and was so confused... He is saying if you earn a 50% in the class you automatically pass?


I'm not sure but I need this to be true so I can pass this class

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby AlyssaMaynard1C » Sun Nov 29, 2020 1:09 pm

Ava Nickman wrote:
Adrienne Yuh 2C wrote:I don't think he mentions anything on this, but he does say 50% or higher is required to pass with a C- or higher.



I saw that too and was so confused... He is saying if you earn a 50% in the class you automatically pass?

No,, if you earn a 50% or more on homework you will be able to pass with the homework points. A C or higher is required by UCLA to Pass the class for P/NP.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby josephspindler2H » Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:28 pm

There was similar post about this, and it seems the consensus is all over the place. The syllabus does not give an exact breakdown and there are disagreements over them. I would say not to worry too much about the numbers and focus on doing your best!

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby apurva-3E » Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:02 pm

Sapling HW 50 points total
Chemistry Community 50 points total
Midterms 110 each, Final 180, total 500 points.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby James Patanian 2C » Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:19 pm

I've heard this with the math departments, but sometimes professors can lower the threshold for overall grades in the class if they choose to. But, as of now, the standard gradescale applies to 14A.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Jenny Chau 1I » Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:20 pm

AlyssaMaynard1C wrote:
Ava Nickman wrote:
Adrienne Yuh 2C wrote:I don't think he mentions anything on this, but he does say 50% or higher is required to pass with a C- or higher.



I saw that too and was so confused... He is saying if you earn a 50% in the class you automatically pass?

No,, if you earn a 50% or more on homework you will be able to pass with the homework points. A C or higher is required by UCLA to Pass the class for P/NP.


I'm pretty sure I saw him respond to someone's post about this. They were concerned about getting a passing grade and he (if he's Chem_mod) responded saying 50% or higher is passing.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Jada3J » Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:52 pm

In a recent step-up session, I was in the UA was saying that the grade breakdown is kind of a mystery but 50% is definitely considered a C. The UA also said it is most important to just get as many points as you can.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby cadytran1K » Wed Dec 02, 2020 10:05 pm

I'm honestly curious about this as well! As far as I know, and like everyone else has said, 50% is needed to pass with a C. I think the most important thing is to get enough points as you can.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Renny_kim_2G » Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:22 am

Hannah Rim 2D wrote:
Renny_kim_2G wrote:Does anyone know the minimum points we can lose to maintain an A or A-? Or is he curving the grades later?

I've mostly heard that he uses a straight grading scale with no curves (490/500=A+, 465/500=A and so on) but I'm not entirely sure on this. The only thing I know for sure is that he doesn't down curve. Hope this helps! (:


Thank you so much :)

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Postby Kendall_Dewey_2D » Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:33 pm

Jada1J wrote:In a recent step-up session, I was in the UA was saying that the grade breakdown is kind of a mystery but 50% is definitely considered a C. The UA also said it is most important to just get as many points as you can.


I heard this as well!

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby Darren1j » Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:46 pm

Basically if this class follows basic grading scales (93% for A, etc) then you can miss 35 points total to get an A and 50 points for an A-. This is only IF it follows the way other classes do it, but it very well could be different.

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby 805421690 » Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:30 am

Brian Bui 2A wrote:I'm assuming it's just a general/typical straight scale where:

93%-100%: A
90%-92.9%: A-
87%-89.9%: B+
83%-86.9%: B
and so on...

However I'm unsure about the cutoffs as the percentages get lower because you need at least 50% for a C-

Do you happen to know the minimum for the the class before you get an F? what is the minimum grade for me to pass the class

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Re: Grade Breakdown

Postby FrancescaHawkins2H » Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:38 am

I am still a little unclear on what would be the minimum needed to pass the class, but I asked my TA before the final if he know anything about what the grading scale would be like for this class and he said that the exact breakdown/cutoffs for grading was still undecided, and that it would be influenced by how students performed on the final and in the class in general.


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