I submitted course grades online late yesterday, Friday, December 21. I hope that students will be able to see the grades soon.
As I wrote elsewhere, "Since part of the purpose of the final was to prepare our first-year grad students for the written exams, I'll return the exams to these students in their department mailboxes" probably after the semester break.
This has been done (1/4/2007). Grades on the final ranged from 20.5 to 58.9 out of 60.
Course grade method
Here is how I concocted the letter grades. The verb concoct means
|1. make by mixing ingredients ("concocted a stew").|
|2. invent (a story, a lie, etc.).|
|1. [Chem.] purify (a liquid) by vaporizing it with heat, then condensing it with cold and collecting the result.||
2. a. [Chem.] extract the essence of (a plant etc.) usu. by heating it
b. extract the essential meaning or implications of (an idea etc.).
|3. tr. make (whisky, essence, etc.) by distilling raw materials.|
Further personal comments|
I remark that the course and its students have been a very useful and generally pleasant refuge during a personally sucky semester.
|sucky (as used here) is a relatively recent (1980's) English slang word, by the way, and is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary (the most authoritative historical dictionary of English, available online through the Rutgers library) as meaning "Disagreeable or contemptible; obnoxious or unpleasant".||A big portion of my time this semester was spent assisting a close family member who was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Much of the grading for the course was done in New Brunswick, at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and at the New Jersey Cancer Institute. Having a national cancer institute only a few miles away is great, and the treatment rooms are good places to grade, with relatively few distractions.||I thank the students for offering a pleasant distraction, and I regret if I was not in Hill Center this semester as much as I usually have been.||Get out there and prove a theorem!|
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