Gotta love professors who want to prove that they are smarter than you are by giving the hardest exam ever.
These kind of averages = FAIL on professor's part IMO.
my professor said the same thing (ochem). he also said, if you didnt get a 90% in the class, no LOR. average in the class was mid 30'sI had heard that the reason for the difficult exam was that the professors were looking for super-geniuses that they could then groom for a career in chemistry academia.
This was true for my organic class. Now that I think about it, that was the only class truly fit on a curve. However, this is nowhere near as atrocious as some of these grades.85+ =a
differnetial equations class final.
it was 45%+ for an A. there were 4 problems total. If you wanted a C in the class you have to answer partially correct on one of the 4 problems.
I loved my DiffEq prof, who had refused to curve or give partial credit (thankfully the TA did the grading and was much nicer about this). Gave a final so hard that he made it where anyone who scored an 80 or above got an automatic A in the class, regardless of any of their previous grades. Note that this was not a stated nor originally intended policy. The final killed so many grades he gave a few people A's for doing well. Me? I scored a 52 when a 54 would have given me an A in the class.