Contact info
Name Email
Mike Gentile
Teaching Assistants:
Name Email
Learning Assistants:
Course meeting times
Lectures: Lectures meet in Hickman Hall (HCK) 101 on Mondays & Wednesdays from 02:30pm-03:25pm.
Recitations: Recitations meet in Heldrich Science Building (HSB) 207 according to the following schedule:
Section Time Instructor Learning Assistant
7Monday 03:55pm-05:15pmMike GentileMelissa Snow
1 Monday 05:35pm-06:55pmRobert ZiskNicolas Simmonds
8 Monday 07:15pm-08:35pm Robert ZiskSimar Ahluwalia
2 Tuesday 10:55am-12:15pm Kellen PorterBrandon Micale
3 Tuesday 12:35pm-01:55pm Gabriella DobkinDavid Wakim
4 Tuesday 02:15pm-03:35pm Bridget YakoSimar Ahluwalia
5 Tuesday 03:55pm-05:15pm Bridget YakoBrandon Micale
6 Tuesday 05:35pm-06:55pm Joseph WongDavid Wakim
9 Tuesday 07:15pm-08:35pm Gabriella DobkinMelissa Snow
Labs: Labs meet in Heldrich Science Building (HSB) 207 according to the following schedule:
Section Time Instructor
20 Wednesday 03:55pm-06:55pm Mike Gentile
28 Wednesday 07:15pm-10:05pmGabriella Dobkin
22 Thursday 09:15am-12:15pm Robert Zisk
23 Thursday 12:35pm-03:35pm Bridget Yako
24 Thursday 03:55pm-06:55pm Kellen Porter
30 Thursday 07:15pm-10:05pm Devin Mejias
26 Friday 09:15am-12:15pm Kellen Porter
27 Friday 12:35pm-03:35pm Devin Mejias
25Friday 03:55pm-06:55pmDevin Mejias

Office hours
Time Location Instructor
Monday 01:00pm-02:00pm HSB 207 Mike Gentile
Monday 04:30pm-05:30pmDouglass MSLCRobert Zisk
Tuesday 01:00pm-02:00pmDouglass MSLCBridget Yako
Wednesday 12:30pm-01:30pmDouglass MSLCDevin Mejias
Wednesday 03:45pm-04:45pmDouglass MSLCJoseph Wong
Wednesday 06:00pm-07:00pmDouglass MSLCGabriella Dobkin
Thursday 02:30pm-03:30pmDouglass MSLCKellen Porter
*The Douglass MSLC (Math & Science Learning Center) is on the 3rd floor of the Heldrich Science Building, the same building you have lab/recitation in.

Required course materials
  • College Physics + Active Learning Guide for College Physics + Mastering Physics access codeHere's a link to the package on the publisher's website with all the information about it. There are digital and print options. The Rutgers Bookstore carries everything you need as well. If you choose to purchase it somewhere else make sure you get all three components (the Mastering Physics access code comes with every new copy of the textbook, but can be purchased online at any time).
Lecture classwork
During each lecture there will be one or more group tasks that you'll work on. Form a group of approximately 3 people and work together on the task. Each of you needs to write your own answer on a separate sheet of paper and hand it in at the end of lecture. Make sure your name and your TA's name is written clearly on your work. Lecture classwork is graded based entirely on effort and is graded out of 10 points.

Recitation classwork
In recitation you will work with the other people at your table on a variety of types of problems taken from the ALG and the textbook involving what you have just been learning in lecture. Please make sure you bring both books to recitation.  Although you will be working in groups each person needs to submit their own work. Your work should be done on separate sheets of paper (not in the ALG itself). The recitation classwork is graded based entirely on effort and is graded out of 10 points. It will be returned to you at the beginning of the next recitation.

Homework will be submitted online using MasteringPhysics.  A homework assignment will be posted each Thursday morning that goes along with what was covered that week in lecture. It will be due at 11:59pm the following Wednesday.  To reach MasteringPhysics click on the "Homework" link at the top of any page on this site.  Use the following information to register:
  • CourseID: RUPHYSICS193FALL2017
Please let me know if you have any trouble.

Each week in lab you will design and perform experiments to investigate scientific phenomena.  The goal of this is to develop scientific abilities that you can use productively for the rest of your life.  You will work in groups of three and each group will submit a single lab writeup.  Writeups are done entirely in class and turned in before you leave.  Each group member has to contribute equally to the writing and all other parts of the lab.  Even though only one lab writeup will be turned in per group, each of you should check the calculations and the writing since everyone will be receiving the same grade.

Starting with lab 2, each experiment will have several scientific abilities that are being focused on.  You will learn more about these scientific abilities as the course progresses.  One experiment from your writeup will be chosen to be scored using the rubrics.  This will be worth 15 points (usually 5 scientific abilities, scored 0,1,2, or 3.  The remaining 15 points will be an impression grade based on completeness and clarity of the rest of the lab activities.  This includes the "Why did we do this lab?" questions at the end.  Each lab is graded out of 30 points and will be handed back to you at the beginning of the next lab.  As with RHW, you will have a chance to resubmit your labs the week after they are returned to you.  Only the 15 points scored using the rubrics can be recovered (even if you got a 0 on any of the abilities).

Lab homework
Each lab has a lab homework assignment at the end. The assignment is a review of what you did and/or preparation for next week's lab. This assignment is due the following week in lab.  It will be graded out of 10 points and will be returned to you at the beginning of the next week's lab.

There are two lab practical exams covering your work in lab. They will consist of designing experiments in groups similar to what you do each week in lab. You'll hear more about this from me and from your lab TA once we get closer to the first practical.

Three non-cumulative exams will be given to test you on what you have learned during the course.  Each exam will consist of 5 free response questions, each worth 10 points for a total of 50 points per exam.  Since they are free response questions there will be plenty of opportunity for partial credit.  You can bring a calculator (graphing calculators are fine, but no mobile devices/wearables/etc.). You may also bring a single 3x5" index card to each exam containing whatever useful information you prefer. The exam will include the same sheet of physical constants and data that are included with the practice problems. Practice problems will be posted approximately one week before each exam (see the exam practice problems once they are posted for the information that will be included with each exam).

Grading Philosophy: Instead of hunting for errors in your work and taking points off, we will give you credit for what you can convince us that you understand.  This means that it is possible for you to get full credit even if you make a minor mathematical error somewhere, provided it doesn't lead to an answer that is unreasonable.  It also means that even if you arrive at an answer that makes sense you might not get full credit if we can't figure out the reasoning that got you there.  It is your responsibility to convince us that you understand what you are doing.  Let that guide your work.

Practice problems: Practice problems problems with solutions will be posted approximately one week before each exam.  These problems are meant to give you a feel for the style of questions.  They are not meant to be a comprehensive reference of the content that is fair game for the exam.  Use the sections listed on the calendar page along with what was emphasized in all parts of the course to prioritize your studying.

You can keep track of your grades using the online gradebook.  To access it just click on the "Gradebook" tab in the navigation bar at the top of any page on this site.  Use the following information to log in:
  • Name: Your Rutgers NetID. (This is different than your student ID or SSN.  It's the username that you use to log in at the campus computer labs.  If you don't have an account, here's where you can sign up.)
  • Student I.D.: The password that goes with your NetID.
The different parts of the course will contribute to your final grade in the following way:
Activity Percentage
Lecture ClassWork 5
Recitation ClassWork 10
HomeWork 10
Lab 15
Lab HomeWork 5
Practical 1 5
Practical 2 5
Exam 1 15
Exam 2 15
Exam 3 15
I'll be using the following grading scheme for the course.  Yes, this means there is no curve.  BUT, relax, I'll make sure that the difficulty of the course is appropriate so there won't need to be one.  However, physics is very challenging and not taking the course seriously can lead to a D or an F.  So, attend all classes, complete all assignments on time, work hard, and if everyone earns an A I'll be more than happy to give everyone an A.
Letter grade Range
A 90+
B+ 87-89
B 80-86
C+ 77-79
C 70-76
D 60-69
F <60

Missing class
You are expected to attend all lectures, recitations, and labs. If you expect to miss any please use the University absence reporting website to indicate the date and reason for your absence.  An email is automatically sent to me by that website. At that point I will contact you so we can discuss how you can make up the work or be excused from it, if possible. Legitimate reasons for missing class include:
  • Being sick enough to need to see a doctor (and you must provide me with a doctor's note)
  • Going to an academic conference or a required event connected with your studies/athletics at Rutgers (you'll have to provide documentation). Since you will know about this ahead of time you will need to take any exams you may be missing before you leave.
  • A death in the family.
  • Observance of a religious holy day.
Going on some sort of vacation is not considered a legitimate reason, nor is taking two classes that conflict with each other.  I can't excuse you from class for these reasons but I will still let you take makeup exams provided you take them ahead of time. If you have the approval of a dean, I'll excuse you from whatever work they authorize. Makeup exams will not be given for any reason once the solutions are posted, so make sure you contact me immediately if you need to take a makeup exam. If you must miss class for more than one week, you will be directed to see a Dean of Students for assistance to help verify these circumstances.

Free academic tutoring is available through the Rutgers Learning Centers (RLCs). The current subjects being tutored and the days and times can be found by going to the RLC website. Also, the physics dept. keeps a list of physics graduate students who are available for paid private tutoring.

Students with disabilities
The Department of Physics & Astronomy maintains a webpage with all the information you'll need.

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