I will be taking attendance for the first couple of weeks, both because it helps me quickly learn your names, and because I am asked to file reports on students who are not attending class during that time.

You are expected to attend class every day. There are no formal points attached to attendance. However, attendance will strongly affect your grade. I can tell you with near certainty that if you miss more than a couple of classes, you will get neither an A nor a B. I can also tell you that students who do not attend regularly (or who sleep through lectures!) rarely get Cs.