Have a great summer!

posted May 13, 2015, 4:20 PM by Michael Gentile

It's been a pleasure having all of you in Physics for Sciences this year. Final grades have been posted, and the final exam average was a 77%. Well done everyone! Best of luck in all that you do.

Final exam and end-of-semester information

posted May 5, 2015, 12:38 PM by Michael Gentile

Lots of important information about the final exam here. Please read carefully:
  • The exam will be Tuesday May 12th 4-7pm in Hickman Hall room 138 (the large lecture hall at the other end of the building from where lecture usually met).
  • You can bring your index 3"x5" card from exam 1, you 3"x5" index card from exam 2, and one additional 3"x5" index card. You can also bring a ruler to help with drawing accurate diagrams, and a calculator (but it must be a dedicated calculator, not an app on a mobile device).
  • There will be 8 questions on the exam, 3 from the material covered on exams 1 and 2, and 5 from what we've covered since exam 2. The questions will have the same style as exams 1 and 2.
  • Practice problems have been posted along with solutions. They only cover material since exam 2 though. For practice on earlier material use the practice problems from previous exams.
  • The final exam study session will be on Monday May 11th 2-5pm in the lab room. Each table will focus on a specific set of topics so you can get specific help.
  • All remaining graded papers will be available for pickup at the study session and also at the final exam.

Homework and survey reminders

posted Apr 30, 2015, 8:54 AM by Michael Gentile

Just a few reminders about homework and the survey I mentioned in lecture yesterday:
  • Because of the network problems Rutgers had these past few days the due date for HW12 was extended until tonight (Thursday) at 11:59pm.
  • HW13 has been posted. It's due this coming Tuesday at 11:59pm as usual.
  • HW14 has also been posted. It's a survey so we can get some feedback from you about MasteringPhysics in general and the reading questions you answered each week in the homework. If you complete the survey it will count as an additional HW grade of 100% which will increase your HW average. If you choose not to do the survey there is no penalty, but you won't get the bonus either. The survey closes Friday May 8th at 11:59pm so be sure to complete it by then.

MasteringPhysics HW12 due date extended

posted Apr 28, 2015, 6:13 AM by Michael Gentile

Because of the persistent network problems at Rutgers I've extended the due date for MasteringPhysics HW12 by two days. It is now due Thursday night at 11:59pm.

Exam 2 results

posted Apr 20, 2015, 8:46 AM by Michael Gentile

The solutions to exam 2 have been posted. The average was 74%. Well done everyone!

Practical 2 information

posted Apr 15, 2015, 4:53 AM by Michael Gentile

The second lab practical has been posted. You and your lab group will be performing the experiments in lab next week. Please discuss each experiment with your group members ahead of time. This practical really rewards those who prepare. Feel free to get feedback from your TAs about your ideas, but please don't leave that to the last minute so they have time to respond.

Exam 2 announcements

posted Apr 7, 2015, 12:36 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Apr 8, 2015, 11:28 AM ]

Exam 2 is this coming Monday. Here's everything you need to know:
  • The exam will be in our regular lecture hall from 2:15pm-3:35pm. That's the full 80 minute period rather than just 55 min. The exam starts 15 minutes earlier than lecture usually does.
  • Practice problems and solutions have been posted. These will give you a good idea of the style of questions to expect. The last page is a sheet of constants, conversion factors, and other data. This will also be included on the exam.
  • You can bring one 3"x5" index card with whatever you want written on it. You might want to include a few things from last semester that we've used this semester (kinematics, Newton's laws, energy conservation ideas, etc.).
  • Bring a calculator, but it needs to be a dedicated calculator (no mobile devices). It can be a graphing calculator.
  • CONFIRMED!: The study session will be this Friday 7-9pm in the lab room. Please get as much studying done ahead of time so you can come with specific questions. It will be run like the study sessions from last semester where each table will be a station that you can go to for help with a specific topic.

More information sessions for future learning assistant candidates

posted Mar 1, 2015, 3:29 PM by Michael Gentile

If you received an 'A' or 'B+' in Physics 193 then you've already received an invitation from me to apply to be a learning assistant next academic year. If you are interested and have not yet attended an information session, three more have been added. Please attend!
  • Monday, 3/2 6:40 pm - 8:00 pm ARC 324
  • Tuesday, 3/3 6:40 pm - 8:00 pm ARC 324
  • Thursday, 3/5 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Tillett 111
Additional information can found in previous posts (see below).

Exam 1 announcements (updated!)

posted Feb 24, 2015, 10:21 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Apr 7, 2015, 12:34 PM ]

Exam 1 is this coming Monday. Here's everything you need to know:
  • The exam will be in our regular lecture hall from 2:15pm-3:35pm. That's the full 80 minute period rather than just 55 min. The exam starts 15 minutes earlier than lecture does.
  • Practice problems and solutions have been posted. These will give you a good idea of the style of questions to expect. The last page is a sheet of constants, conversion factors, and other data. This will also be included on the exam.
  • You can bring one 3"x5" index card with whatever you want written on it. You might want to include a few things from last semester that we've used this semester (kinematics, Newton's laws, energy conservation ideas, uniform circular motion, etc.).
  • Bring a calculator, but it needs to be a dedicated calculator (no mobile devices). It can be a graphing calculator.
  • UPDATED! There will be a study session for the exam on Friday 7-9pm in the lab room. Please get as much studying done ahead of time so you can come with specific questions. It will be run like the study sessions from last semester where each table will a station that you can go to for help with a specific topic.

Additional Learning Assistant information sessions and reminders

posted Feb 19, 2015, 7:06 AM by Michael Gentile

A message from Mary Emenike, the Learning Assistant Program Coordinator:


I have added three additional info sessions next week for undergraduate students who are interested in an applying for the LA Program next year (2015-2016)​. Although attendance at an info session is not required, it is highly recommended.


Tuesday    Feb 24th     3:20 pm - 4:40 pm       Tillett 111
Thursday  Feb 26th     12:00 pm - 1:20 pm     Tillett 111
Friday        Feb 27th     10:20 am - 11:40 am   Tillett 111


We are in the process of accepting applications online and qualified applicants are being invited to sign up for group interviews. All applications received by 5:00 pm on Friday, March 6th are guaranteed to be reviewed. 

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