# A Mathematical Word Problem

This post is old, so what you see here may not reflect my current opinion and mindset, certain information may be outdated, and links may be broken.

To compute the grade point average, the number of quality points earned is divided by the number of credits attempted. To determine quality points, each letter grade is converted to a numerical grade as follows: A-4.0, B-3.0, C-2.0, D-1.0, and F-0.

The number of quality points for a course is the numerical grade multiplied by the number of credits the course carries. Thus, a grade of B in a three-credit course earns 3.0 x 3 = 9 quality points.

As an example, a student with 48 total quality points and 15 credits attempted has a grade point average of 48 divided by 15 = 3.20, which is somewhat above a B average.

This is the reason why I could never figure out my darn GPA. Anyway. Let us say that I have taken 42 classes + 2 extras that I have no clue that counts toward my GPA or not. Of the 42 classes, 37 have As, 4 of them are Bs, and 1 of them is Cs.

To break it down even further, three of the classes are only one semester hour and the grade is an A for them. In other words:

34 x 3 s.h. = A.
3 x 1 s.h. = A.
4 x 3 s.h. = B.
1 x 3 s.h. = C.

PLUS: 2 x 3 s.h. = A (for the two classes that I have no clue that counts or not).

All of this is 120 s.h. or 126 s.h. Anybody else lost, yet? I definitely can say I am.

So the question is, what the hell is my GPA? Every time I do this, I end up with very strange numbers. *sighs* Math and I so do NOT get along. Hence the single C in my college career: IN MATH!

Really, though, I guess this is an impressive record? I am not happy with the Bs and the Cs, but at least I can say that I received As in all my English classes except in EDCP 101, the pre-req for ENGL 101.