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Academic Integrity Students should demonstrate academic honesty by doing original work and by giving appropriate credit to the ideas of others. Academic dishonesty is the act of presenting information, ideas, and/or concepts as one's own when in reality they are the results of another person's creativity and effort. A faculty member who believes a situtaion involving academic dishonesty has been detected may assign a failing grade for that assignment or examination, or, depending on the seriousness of the offense, for the course. Faculty should follow and students may appeal using the procedure in the University Catalog. See the Academic Policies section of the PLNU website for definitions of kinds of academic dishonesty and for further policy information.

I expect all students to exhibit exemplary integrity, reflecting the spirit and high standards of our shared community, and I view any dishonesty as an insult to your classmates and to the University. Cheating or plagiarism in our chemistry class includes but is not limited to direct copying of another student's homework; allowing or not preventing another student to look at your paper during a quiz or exam; looking at another student's paper during a quiz or exam; using notes, books, unallowed calculators, cell phones, camera, or other text-capable devices during a quiz or exam.
Grades Grades in Chemistry 101 will be earned according to the following scale:
A: 90.0% or higher; B: 80.0-89.9%; C: 65.0-79.9%; D: 50.0-64.9%; F: 49.9% and lower. Plus and minus grades may apply to the top and bottom thirds of each range, with allowances or deductions for attendance, responsibility, professionalism, interest, and active participation in class.

Grade points will be accumulated as follows: Four exams and several in-class activities and quizzes (60%), Mastering Chemistry online homework (10%), a group project (15%), and a final (15%). From among the five scores in the first category (exams and the quiz/activity average), the highest exam is weighted 20%, the second and third highest scores are weighted 15% each, the fourth highest score is weighted 10%, and the lowest is dropped.

For example, if your exam scores are 95, 80, 75, and 50, and your activity average is 90, then the 50 would be dropped, the 95 would count 20%, the 90 and 80 would count 15% each, and the 75 would count 10%.


If the activity/quiz average is higher than all of the exams, then the highest exam score would be weighted 20% and the activity average would be weighted 15%. Exams and quizzes will be closed-book tests with a fixed time limit. Therefore, your understanding of the material must be clear enough to produce answers to most of the exam/quiz questions rather quickly. Partial credit will be given for correct reasoning at any step of a problem, but only if it communicated clearly enough for me to understand.
Solutions For problems that call for a solution or explanation, no credite will be given for an answer alone; the method or reasoning must also be shown. In many cases, you will use unit conversions to arrive at a numerical answer and you must show your work, with units cancelling, to receive full credit for your answer. Your answers should be clear enough so that one of your peers could easily follow what you did if they had not worked the problem before.
Final Exam Policy Successful completion of this class requires taking the final examination on its scheduled day. The final examination schedule is posted on the Class Schedules section of the PLNU website. No requests for early examinations or alternate days will be approved.
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