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K.J.Healey
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Jun22-07, 09:43 AM
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Heres how mine progressed. I have to say though, that these 4.0 scales on are so lame. It was all % based when I actually took a class. The GPA would be like this first one, 9.00/3.0 = a 3.0 (B).
I think 94-100 = 4.0
89-93 = 3.5
85-89 = 3.0
81-85 = 2.5
77-80 = 2.0
etc...
I hated how they implemented this conversion. My overall WAG was pretty much 90.0 on the dot, thats a 3.5 right? So can I say that? But because of how badly they did the conversion, and the teachers graded without the thought of 3.0/3.5 there were alot lot that were 1 point below an A or a B+/A-. So I got screwed and ended up with a 3.2 GPA overall. Though a 90% average overall isnt a 3.2... Oh well. Here are my grades, I really dont care about privacy, and I'm not super proud of them or anything. At my school, the higher the level the class got, the less people, which meant more teacher time. That meant they ended up knowing exactly how much you understood and didnt have to always rely 200 question tests to gauge your understanding. This led to pretty much every upper end teacher to either give you a 93/94 (3.0/3.5 see my dilemma?! big difference for one point) or an 87 or a fail. 3 options. I felt it was a good way to do it.

Remember, the gpa is the last nimber (9.0) divided by the first (3.0) = 3.0

PHYS 110 M Physics I: Mechanics 3.00 88 9.00
PHYS 111 M Physics I: Mechanics Lab 1.00 87 3.00
PHYS 224 M Electricity & Magnetism 3.00 90 10.50
PHYS 225 M Electricity & Magnetisim Lab 1.00 94 4.00
MECH 210 M Mechanics I 4.00 90 14.00
PHYS 372 M Optics I 4.00 87 12.00
PHYS 362 M Modern Physics 4.00 89 14.00
PHYS 342 M Materials Science 4.00 89 14.00
PHYS 452 M Thermodynamics & Stats Physics 4.00 94 16.00

The Next 4 were all the same semester. Only classes I had that semester and got one of my worst grades (a C in Acoustics). The class was really too easy and I got bored; I couldn't answer questions on the test because they were too vague. Like : "What is the envelope of a wave?" Well, in my head it was the changes in the amplitude of the waves in the wavepacket with respect to its FT. WRONG! The correct answer was "The envelope is the TONE of the wave." It was totally a blowoff class for Mech Eng's and I took it treating it like I was Quantum at the time. Was too dumbed down for me. (I did argue this question with him and he ended up giving me the point.)

MECH 310 M Mechanics III 4.00 95 16.00
PHYS 382 M Acoustics I: Sounds & Sources 4.00 80 8.00
PHYS 462 M Quantum Physics 4.00 95 16.00
PHYS 474 M Optoelectronics 4.00 92 14.00

PHYS 412 M Theoretical Mechanics 4.00 98 16.00
PHYS 499 M Photonics and Fiber Optics 4.00 100 16.00

MATH
MATH 102 M Calculus II 4.00 88 12.00
MATH 203 M Multivariate Calculus 4.00 83 10.00
MATH 204 M Diff Eq and Laplace Transforms 4.00 91 14.00
MATH 307 M Matrix Algebra 4.00 88 12.00
MATH 305 M Numerical Methods & Matrices 4.00 79 8.00 (Worst Class in college, which is funny because its what my thesis was on and I received honors on it)
MATH 313 M Boundary Value Problems 4.00 91 14.00
MATH 412 M Complex Variables 4.00 90 14.00

So thats it. I really could have done better, but I'm not that unhappy. I did quite well in my upper end courses which I feel matter most (and I was most interested in).