The grading scheme for our recitation is as follows: 25% for each of two midterms, 40% for the final, and 10% for participation (the components of which are outlined below). The final score is computed by adding the raw scores with the appropriate weights. Along the way I may suggest letter grades to give you a rough idea of where you stand; however, these letter grades are only for your guidance and have no bearing whatsoever on your final grade.
Half of the participation grade goes to online quizzes, which are available at courses.sas.upenn.edu. Whether you do well or not on the quizzes doesn't matter for your grade, as long as you TAKE them. Your performance does tell me, however, where there is confusion, and gives you a taste of the kind of questions you can expect on exams. Quizzes go up Wednesdays around 4pm, and come down Thursdays around noon. The other half involves your questions and comments in class (quality, not frequency), attendance, presence in office hours, and so on.
For those of you who are new, when you head to the above website you should follow a series of links until you get to the recitation website (the process is self-explanatory). Once there, you will be prompted for a "userid" and "password": your userid is your PennNet ID, and the first time you log in your password should be the last 5 digits of your social security number.
In addition, at the begining of each week the professor will state a broad question that you should be able to answer by the end of the week. This question may be a topic for discussion in the recitation: however, there will also be a space on the website for you to discuss the question (or anything else) with each other if you so desire. Your participation there will not be graded.