Exam 3 information

posted by Michael Gentile

Exam 3 is this coming Tuesday. Practice problems and their solutions have been posted so you can get a feel for the style of questions that will be asked. The exam questions will be somewhat different though so you will need to be able to apply what you have learned to new situations. A few additional details:
  • Topics covered on the exam are light wave interference, the beginnings of modern physics, photons, the Bohr model, the wavelike behavior of matter, the photoelectric effect, and relativity. In other words, everything that we've covered since exam 2. You can find a more complete and specific list of topics and corresponding textbook sections on the calendar page.
  • The exam is Tuesday May 10th 4:00pm-5:30pm in Hickman 138 (not the usual lecture hall).
  • You may bring a ruler, a calculator, and a single 3"x5" index card with whatever notes you want written on both sides. The calculator must be a dedicated calculator, no mobile apps.
  • The exam will have 5 questions as usual, with a mix of conceptual and mathematical parts.

Lab practical 2

posted Apr 13, 2016, 6:17 AM by Michael Gentile

The second lab practical is this coming week and is available for download now. Be sure to get together with your lab group in advance to plan your experiments. Feel free to get in touch with your lab TA for some basic feedback.

Exam 2 information

posted Apr 5, 2016, 8:47 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated ]

Exam 2 is this coming Monday. Practice problems and their solutions have been posted so you can get a feel for the style of questions that will be asked. The exam questions will be somewhat different though so you will need to be able to apply what you have learned to new situations. A few additional details:
  • Topics covered on the exam are vibrational motion, waves and sound, reflection and refraction, mirrors, lenses, optical devices and human vision. In other words, everything that we've covered since exam 1 through the end of lab this week. You can find a specific list of textbook sections on the calendar page.
  • The exam is Monday April 11th 2:15pm-3:35pm in Hickman 101. Notice the exam starts 15 minutes earlier than our usual lectures.
  • You may bring a ruler, a calculator, and a single 3"x5" index card with whatever notes you want written on both sides. The calculator must be a dedicated calculator, no mobile apps.
  • The exam will have 5 questions as usual, with a mix of conceptual and mathematical parts. Be sure you are ready to draw ray diagrams, and handle experimental uncertainty.

Exam 1 results

posted Mar 7, 2016, 10:38 AM by Michael Gentile

Exam 1 has been graded and the solutions posted. The exam was a bit harder than I had planned so I gave everyone 5 bonus points. Those 5 points are not indicated on your exam though, so just add 5 points to the score that you see there. (A 38/50 would become 43/50). The gradebook will now show a projected grade for you. This grade assumes you'll get the same score on exams 2 and 3 that you got on exam 1, and assumes your averages in all other parts of the course won't change between now and the end of the semester.

Exam 1 information

posted Feb 22, 2016, 6:19 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Apr 5, 2016, 8:42 AM ]

Exam 1 is Monday February 29th in Hickman 101 (our usual lecture hall). Here are the details:
  • The exam will take the full 80 min period, 2:15pm-3:35pm. That means the exam begins 15 minutes earlier than lecture usually does.
  • The exam has 5 open-ended questions. Practice problems along with solutions have been posted so you can get a feel for the style of questions that will be asked. The exam questions will be somewhat different though so you will need to be able to apply what you have learned to new situations.
  • You can bring a single 3"x5" index card with whatever information you want on it. You can also bring a calculator. It must be a dedicated calculator though, not an app on a mobile device. The same sheet of physical constants and conversion factors that are at the end of practice problems will be included with the exam.

Lab practical 1

posted Feb 17, 2016, 10:49 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Apr 13, 2016, 6:16 AM ]

The first lab practical is next week and is available for download now. Be sure to get together with your lab group in advance to plan your experiments. Feel free to get in touch with your lab TA for some basic feedback.

Special permission numbers

posted Jan 20, 2016, 11:21 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Jan 20, 2016, 11:21 AM ]

If you still need to register for a recitation and/or lab and there are no open sections that fit your schedule you can apply for a special permission number. The Physics Dept. has set up a web page for this. Head over to:
and look under "Contact Information" at the top. You will need to use your NetID and password to access the special permission number application form. Be sure to read all of the information in the red box once you access the form. Also, remember that you must register for both a recitation section (sections 01-10) and a lab section (sections 20-30). If you need a special permission for both you must submit the application twice, once for recitation and once for lab.

Study groups

posted Jan 19, 2016, 5:23 PM by Michael Gentile

The Rutgers Learning Centers are offering study groups for Physics for Sciences 2. They are run by our knowledgeable Physics for Sciences learning assistants and meet weekly starting Feb. 1st. Registration is required and will be open from noon on 1/29 to noon on 1/31. See the attached PDF for all the details.

Welcome to Physics for Sciences 2!

posted Aug 19, 2015, 5:37 PM 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. Jan. 20th. Recitations will start on Mon. Jan. 25th.
  • 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: If you did not take Physics 193 this past fall you need to go through the required reading right away.
  • Scientific abilities rubrics: If you did not take Physics 193 this past fall these will be new to you. 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 the first week of class, but please look through them in advance.
  • Gradebook: The online gradebook will be available Wed. Jan. 20th.  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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