Lab practical 2

posted Nov 28, 2018, 6:22 AM by Michael Gentile

The second lab practical is next week during your regular lab period. I've just posted it. Once your group has completed lab 11 this week download the practical and begin preparing for it. Create a Google doc and share it with your group members and your lab TA. As long as you do that at least 48 hours before the start of your lab section your TA will give you some basic feedback about your ideas to make sure you are going in a productive direction. 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. Use the scoring rubrics on the course website for even more guidance. 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.

Exam 2 results

posted Nov 14, 2018, 7:18 AM by Michael Gentile

Solutions to exam 2 have been posted. The average was 66%. Problems 3 and 4 were more difficult than I intended so I gave everyone 3 bonus points (out of 50). These bonus points are not included in the score shown on your exam paper, but they are included in the gradebook. You'll get your exams back in lab this week. Also, the projected grade shown on your grade report in the course gradebook now assumes your score on exam 3 will be the average of your exam 1 and 2 scores.

Exam 2 information

posted Nov 3, 2018, 6:29 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Nov 3, 2018, 12:35 PM ]

Exam 2 is this coming Wednesday (Nov. 7th). 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.
  • Check the calendar/syllabus page for the list of topics/textbook sections that will be covered on the exam.
  • 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 were posted Thursday night. 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 will be Sunday Nov. 4th 6-8pm in the lab room. Hope to see many of you there!

Exam 1 results

posted Oct 14, 2018, 2:40 PM by Michael Gentile

Exam 1 scores have been posted on the gradebook. The average was 73%. 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 recitation this week.

Lab practical 1

posted Oct 2, 2018, 8:47 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Oct 4, 2018, 9:24 PM ]

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. Please email them at least 48 hours in advance of the start of the practical so they have enough time to reply. 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 2, 2018, 11:55 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Oct 4, 2018, 9:20 PM ]

Exam 1 is this coming Monday (Oct. 8th). 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 working on making arrangements for the study session. Check this post for updates. UPDATED: Study session will be Friday Oct. 5th 7-9pm in the lab room.

Study groups

posted Sep 9, 2018, 6:51 AM by Michael Gentile

The Rutgers Learning Centers are 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 Friday Sept. 21st. It's first-come-first-served so once a study group is full that's it. Study groups begin Tuesday Sept. 11th. You might not feel you need a study group at the moment but Physics for Sciences is going to get more challenging. Students attending weekly study groups scored higher on exams than students who didn't. 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 Aug 25, 2018, 8:31 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Aug 29, 2018, 2:23 PM ]

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. 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. 5th. The first recitations will meet Mon. Sept. 10th.
  • Course materials: Information about how to acquire the course materials is on the course info page. It is important that you do this right away since we will be making use of everything 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. 5th. 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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