Grades mean what they are supposed to:
I have no objection if everyone gets an A.
Since this is generally the first rigorous mathematics course that people take, there is a rather wide set or reactions to it. In view of this I will compute grades in 3 different ways and give you the best.
Even though you will get, as actual grade, the best of the grades computed these three ways, I strongly recommend against relying on the third method. In my experience it is very seldom that anyone does much better with method 3 than they would get from method 2.
Richard B. Melrose 2004-05-18