Since this is an upper level course I am willing to discuss how performance should be evaluated. My suggestion is

Test 1

Before Break

25%

Test 2

End of the Semester

25%

Homework

Pre-Solution/ Unsolved

50%

 

Post-Solution

 

I would like to devote the last 20-30 minutes of class to discussion and homework solutions.  I will try to post a series of questions that we can work through at the end of each class.  A student can submit a completed solution at anytime. If it precedes the solution in class it will be considered a Pre-Solution (or if the problem is not discussed.).

 

A student who completes the Post-Solutions and does average on the test will receive a B.

 

A student that either excels on the exams or in the homework will receive an A.

 

With only a few students in the class excelling and doing above average work will be based on my expectations not on the relative performance of the students.  Everyone can receive an A in this class.