Exam 3 information

posted Dec 9, 2017, 3:44 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 5:29 PM ]

Here are all the important details about exam 3 (be sure to read the last bullet point):
  • It will be held on Tuesday Dec. 19th 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.
  • There will be a study session for exam 3. The tentative time is Monday Dec. 18th 1pm-4pm in the lab room. I'll confirm once I know enough of the TAs and LAs will be able to make it. (UPDATE! More likely to be 2pm-5pm...) (UPDATE! Very likely to be 1pm-4pm.)

Exam 2 results

posted Nov 15, 2017, 11:14 AM by Michael Gentile

Solutions to exam 2 have been posted. The average was 65%. Your projected grade now assumes your score on exam 3 will be the average of your exam 1 and 2 scores.

Physics 194 registration (VERY IMPORTANT)

posted Nov 6, 2017, 5:53 AM by Michael Gentile

Physics 194 is in very high demand this coming spring semester. For the time being only students currently taking Physics 193 are being allowed to register. But, that priority ends on Dec. 1st. At that time students who took other 1st semester physics courses will be allowed to register.

READ THIS AND TAKE IT SERIOUSLY: You need to have your registration for Physics 194 (both recitation and lab) completely finalized by Nov. 30th. If you don't it is very likely your spot in Physics 194 will be taken.

Exam 2 information

posted Nov 2, 2017, 7:28 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Nov 2, 2017, 7:37 PM ]

Exam 2 is this coming Wednesday (Nov. 8th). Here's what you need to know:
  • The exam takes the full 80 minute period rather than the 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 along with solutions 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.
  • I am still trying to arrange for a study session. It's looking like it'll be the same as last time, Sunday 1-3pm in our regular lab room. I know I originally had mentioned it would be Tuesday but in talking with several students and TAs it sounds like Sunday is somewhat more preferable. Check back here for updates. UPDATE: THE STUDY SESSION WILL BE SUNDAY 2-4PM IN THE LAB ROOM.

Exam 1 results

posted Oct 16, 2017, 11:08 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 remain the same. Solutions have also been posted. You'll be getting your exams back in lecture today.

Lab practical 1

posted Oct 4, 2017, 6:37 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Oct 4, 2017, 6:37 AM ]

The first lab practical is next week during your regular lab period. As promised I've posted it one week in advance so you and your group will have plenty of time to prepare for it. It's a sequence of experiments much like you do in lab each week but with less guidance. The first thing to do is read carefully through the practical and, based on the goal of each part, determine which of the three types of experiments (observation, testing, application) each part of the practical is. Then, make sure you include all of the appropriate steps for an experiment of that type. Look back to experiments from previous weeks for examples of each experiment type. Lastly, feel free to email your lab TA with your ideas so that have at least one chance to give you feedback ahead of time. During the practical your TA will help with any equipment related issues you may have, but for the most part you will be on your own.

Be sure you take the time to prepare ahead of time though. If you do the practical can go very smoothly. Don't expect to be able to just sit down in lab without preparing though... If you try that you could easily get stuck and not be able to finish in the 3 hours that you have.

Exam 1 information

posted Oct 3, 2017, 2:31 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Nov 2, 2017, 7:25 PM ]

Exam 1 is this coming Monday (Oct. 9th). 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.
  • I am still trying to arrange the study session for Sunday 1-3pm in our regular lab room. I'll keep you posted. UPDATE! CONFIRMED - STUDY SESSION SUNDAY 1-3PM IN THE LAB ROOM.

Office hours

posted Sep 11, 2017, 6:45 AM by Michael Gentile

Office hours have been posted on the course info page. They will begin this week.

Study groups

posted Sep 10, 2017, 5:56 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Sep 10, 2017, 6:05 AM ]

The Rutgers Learning Centers will be offering study groups for Physics for Sciences. They are run by students who excelled in the course in past years. They receive weekly training from me so they are very qualified to help you succeed in the course. Registration has already started and will continue until the first exam. It's first-come-first-served so once a study group is full that's it. Study groups begin tomorrow (Monday Sept. 11th). You might not feel you need a study group at the moment but Physics for Sciences is going to get quite a bit more challenging soon. Students attending regular study groups scored higher on exams than those who didn't so don't wait to register. Complete information about study groups can be found in the attached PDF. Questions should be sent to learningassistants@echo.rutgers.edu.

Welcome to Physics for Sciences 1

posted May 31, 2017, 9:17 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Sep 4, 2017, 7:47 AM ]

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. 6th. The first recitations will meet Mon. Sept. 11th.
  • 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. 6th.  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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