When looking at spring grades, those colleges will now accept a "pass" for a prerequisite. But Georgetown has said that letter grades are highly encouraged if available. Harvard had similar language on its admissions site but has recently removed it.
For undergrads, Harvard has switched to mandatory binary grades, while Georgetown has moved to an optional three-tier system. Premed students at Duke University, which is defaulting to a binary scheme but giving the option of a letter grade, might have a tough choice to make then if they are applying to Georgetown.
Taking things easy, taking a pass and using extra time to care for family or work, for example, might no longer be an safe option.
The medical school at Johns Hopkins University says it is still debating whether to accept online classes as prerequisites, as it traditionally has declined to. Prospective Hopkins students who were completing prerequisites this spring might be out of luck, or they might have to take them again.
The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers released guidance for institutions on how to implement and mark new grading schemes on transcripts, but the association recommends keeping things limited. Binary grades should only be used if instruction is terminated before learning goals are met.
But the guidance also raises more questions. How to deal with athlete eligibility, scholarships or academic probation? Not all those questions have been answered. The Virginia Community College System has also decided to switch to binary grades this semester, although students can still request a letter grade.
DeFilippo said that before this spring, only five out of the 14 public colleges in Virginia were willing to accept a pass equivalent for transfer credit. A community college student looking to transfer might have had to retake those courses. Galileo was right because he was right, not because he was alone against everybody else.
Most people who are alone against everybody else are wrong. Putting Galileo on trial, finding him guilty, and condemning him to house arrest would have been wrong even had he been wrong about his model of the Solar System. He expressed a different scientific view. So what? Ars: Science builds on what came before, and we've come a long way since Galileo.
So let's talk about the connection between the past and the present in terms of his work. For instance, because he was a mechanical person, it was very foreign to him to think of forces that act mysteriously across distance. So he didn't really think about gravity the way we think about it today, not even in the way that Newton thought about it.
Kepler, for example, had written about the moon perhaps having an influence on the tides, which is correct. Galileo ignored that. He suggested this model that had to do with the Earth's speed and its revolution about the Sun, with those two motions combining to generate the tides. This was an interesting mechanical model, only it's incorrect and didn't really work. He also never accepted Kepler's elliptical orbits of planets, based on false impressions from the Greeks about things being perfectly symmetrical.
So he thought orbits should be circles and not ellipses. But when you talk about symmetry, it's not the symmetry of the shapes that counts, it's the symmetry of the law. In other words, the orbit can be elliptical, but the ellipse can have any orientation in space.
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