Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

December 1956


Published by American Journal of Physics -- December 1956 -- Volume 24, Issue 9, pp. 605-610. doi:10.1119/1.1934340. Copyright © 1956 American Association of Physics Teachers. Used by permission.


A survey of grades in Engineering Physics I at Kansas State College showed that the inner structure of the course was highly consistent. The correlation coefficient between the average of the first three tests and the final grade was about 0.88. More significantly, valuable prognostic data could be obtained from the final grade in the course. The correlation coefficient between the Engineering Physics I grade and the final grade point average of students who completed the course was about 0.83. Only 21% of the students initially failing the course successfully completed an engineering degree, while about 75% of the A, B, and C students eventually graduated from an engineering curriculum.

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