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The following 4 parts relate to this scenario and data.

A professor wishes to develop a numerical method for giving grades. He intends to base the on homework, two tests, a project, and a final. He wishes the final to have the largest influence on the grade. He wants the project to have 20%, each test to have 10%, and the homework to have 20% of the influence on the semester grade.

**1. Determine the weights the professor should use to
produce a weighted average for grading purposes**. (Give
answer as a whole number, not a fraction - assume it's a
percent)

Final | Project | Test 1 | Test 2 | Homework |

% | % | % | % | % |

For a student with the grades below, calculate a weighted average for the course.

Final | Project | Test 1 | Test 2 | Homework |

62 | 94 | 69 | 65 | 84 |

**2. What is the weighted average of the student's grade?
(Round to one decimal place as needed)**

This question relates to the question above, with the same data.

Final | Project | test 1 | Test 2 | Homework |

62 | 94 | 69 | 65 | 84 |

**3. Calculate the unweighted
average.** (Round to one decimal place as
needed)

4. **Why is the weighted average preferable here? Choose
the correct answer below.**

a. Without weighing a student could get a grade over 100%

b. The weighted average reflects the professor's desire for the project to have the most impact on the grade. The weighted average here is closer to the student's higher performance on the project than the unweighted average is.

c. The professor is grading on a curve.

d. The weighted average reflects the professor's desire for the final to have the most impact on the grade. The weighted average here is closer to the student's low performance on the final than the unweighted average is.

Answer #1

1.

Weight for Final = 100 - (20 + 10 + 20) = 50%

**The weights the professor should use to produce a
weighted average for grading purposes is,**

Final | Project | Test 1 | Test 2 | Homework |

50% | 20% | 10% | 10% | 20% |

2.

**Weighted average of the student's grade is,**

62 * 0.5 + 94 * 0.2 + 69 * 0.1 + 65 * 0.1 + 84 * 0.2

= **80%**

3.

**Unweighted average is,**

(62 + 94 + 69 + 65 + 84 ) / 5

= **74.8** %

4.

The **weighted average is preferable because**

d. The weighted average reflects the professor's desire for the final to have the most impact on the grade. The weighted average here is closer to the student's low performance on the final than the unweighted average is.

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