Final course grades posted

posted Dec 21, 2016, 8:00 PM by Michael Gentile

Exam 3 has been graded (the average was 70%) and final course grades have been posted to the gradebook and uploaded to Rutgers. Have a wonderful winter break!

Exam 3 announcements

posted Dec 13, 2016, 2:07 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Dec 18, 2016, 6:25 AM ]

Here are all the important details about exam 3 (be sure to read the last bullet point):
  • It will be held on Tuesday Dec. 20th 4:00pm-5:30pm in Hickman 138 (not our usual lecture location!)
  • It will have the same format as the first two exams: 5 questions, all open-ended. The exam will not be cumulative. It will only cover what we've done since exam 2 (see the calendar page for details). Lab-related skills are also fair game (the 3 types of experiments, experimental uncertainty, assumptions, etc.).
  • You can bring a calculator (must be stand-alone, can't be a mobile app) and a single 3"x5" index card with whatever you want written on both sides.
  • Practice problems along with solutions are up.
  • The study session needs to be rescheduled. The new tentative time is Monday Dec. 19th 10am-1pm in the lab room (UPDATE - FINALIZED). I'll confirm once I know enough of the TAs and LAs will be able to make it.

MasteringPhysics HW11

posted Nov 27, 2016, 2:31 PM by Michael Gentile

I hope you had a good Thanksgiving break. If you've had an eye on the course calendar page you've already seen that HW11 was originally due this coming Wednesday. Since HW11 was only just posted on MasteringPhysics now I've extended the due date until this Friday Dec. 2nd at 11:59pm. It's only about half as long as a typical assignment since it only covers what we did last week in lecture on Monday, but still worth the same amount of credit. See all of you in class tomorrow.

Exam 2 results

posted Nov 14, 2016, 2:32 PM by Michael Gentile

Solutions to exam 2 have been posted. The average was 67%.

Exam 2 announcements

posted Nov 4, 2016, 7:24 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Nov 6, 2016, 1:55 PM ]

Exam 2 is this coming Wednesday (Nov. 9th). Here's what you need to know:
  • UPDATE! The study session is scheduled for Tuesday evening 7pm-10pm. It'll be in HSB 209 and 210 down the hall from your usual lab room.
  • The exam takes the full 80 minute period rather than our usual 55 min lecture. You need to be at the lecture hall at 2:15pm, not the usual 2:30pm. The exam ends at 3:35pm.
  • You can bring a single 3"x5" index card with whatever you want written on both sides.
  • You can bring a calculator, but it must be a dedicated calculator not an app on a mobile device. Graphing calculators are fine.
  • Practice problems have been posted. The final page of the practice problems is a reference sheet with conversion factors and other information. You'll be provided this same sheet on the exam.

Exam 1 results

posted Oct 17, 2016, 10:17 AM by Michael Gentile

Exam 1 scores have been posted on the gradebook. The average was 68%. The gradebook will now show a projected grade for you. The projected grade assumes your exam 2 and 3 grades will be the same as exam 1, your practical 2 grade will be the same as practical 1, and your averages on all other assignments (labs, HW, etc.) will remains the same. Solutions have also been posted. You'll be getting your exams back in lecture today.

Exam 1 announcements

posted Oct 4, 2016, 4:15 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Nov 4, 2016, 7:22 AM ]

Exam 1 is this coming Monday (Oct. 10th). Here's what you need to know:
  • The exam takes the full 80 minute period rather than our usual 55 min lecture. You need to be at the lecture hall at 2:15pm, not the usual 2:30pm. The exam ends at 3:35pm.
  • You can bring a single 3"x5" index card with whatever you want written on both sides.
  • You can bring a calculator, but it must be a dedicated calculator not an app on a mobile device. Graphing calculators are fine.
  • Practice problems have been posted. The final page of the practice problems is a reference sheet with conversion factors and other information. You'll be provided this same sheet on the exam.
  • The study session is tentatively scheduled for Friday 7pm-9pm in the lab room. I'll update you with final plans once they've been determined. (UPDATE: CONFIRMED!)

Study group

posted Sep 16, 2016, 7:54 AM by Michael Gentile

The Rutgers Learning Centers will be offering a study group for Physics 193. You must register for it and commit to attending every week. Registration starts noon today (Friday Sept. 16th) and ends at noon on Sunday Sept. 18th. Complete information can be found on the attached flyer. Questions should be sent to program administrator Ms. Sari Katzen (learningassistants@echo.rutgers.edu).

First homework assignment, and getting caught up

posted Sep 15, 2016, 11:02 AM by Michael Gentile

I’ve just posted the first MasteringPhysics homework assignment (HW1). BEFORE you do the assignment you need to do two things:

  1. Carefully read sections 1.3, 1.4, and 1.5 in the textbook. This is what we would have gone over in lecture yesterday but couldn’t because of the power failures on Douglass.
  2. Work through the “Introduction to MasteringPhysics” assignment. It won’t be graded, but it’s very important to do it. It’s a tutorial that helps get you used to how MasteringPhysics works.

Once you’ve done those two things, start HW1. Each week for the rest of the semester homework will be posted Thursday morning and due the following Wednesday night at 11:59pm.


Welcome to Physics for Sciences 1

posted Jan 16, 2016, 6:51 AM by Michael Gentile

My name is Mike Gentile and I'm the instructor for the course.  All the information you'll need about the course can be found on this website. Have a look around and please read through everything.  Please email me if you have any questions. Several important announcements:
  • Registration: When you register for the course make sure you register for both a recitation and a lab.  You must register for both since the lab/recitation/lecture are completely integrated.
  • First course meetings: Lecture and labs WILL MEET the first week of class starting Wed. Sept. 7th. The first recitations will meet Mon. Sept. 12th.
  • Textbooks: There are two books used extensively in the course. Information about how to acquire them is on the course info page. It is important that you do this right away since we will be making use of the books right at the start of the course.
  • Important required reading: Please go through the required reading right away. This is very important for understanding the methodology we will be using in the course.
  • Scientific abilities rubrics: You will use these to guide you in learning the scientific reasoning abilities that are a primary focus of the course.  They will also be used to grade your lab work. You will learn about these in lab, but please look through them in advance.
  • Gradebook: The online gradebook will be available Wed. Sept. 7th.  Once it is up you can access it by clicking on the "Gradebook" tab above.  Login information can be found on the course info page. If you can't log in it means there may be something wrong with your registration. Please let me know right away.

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