Have a great summer!

posted May 9, 2018, 8:20 PM by Michael Gentile

Final grades have been posted to the gradebook and submitted to Rutgers. The average on exam 3 was 71%. Have a fantastic summer, and best of luck in all that you do.

Exam 3 information

posted May 2, 2018, 10:33 AM by Michael Gentile

Here's all you need to know about exam 3:
  • Practice problems have been posted.
  • There will be a study session on Monday May 7th 2pm-5pm in the lab room. All of your graded papers will be available for pickup then (as well as at the exam).
  • Exam 3 is on Tuesday May 8th 4pm-5:30pm in Hickman 138 (not our usual lecture room).
  • You can bring a single 3"x5" index card with whatever notes, equations, etc. you wish.
  • Bring a calculator. It must be a dedicated calculator, not a mobile app.

Exam 2 information

posted Apr 3, 2018, 4:05 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Apr 8, 2018, 7:43 AM ]

Exam 2 is this coming Monday (Apr. 9th). Here's what you need to know:
  • Check the calendar page for the complete list of topics and textbook sections covered on the exam. The quick version: vibrations, waves, reflection, refraction, mirrors, lenses.
  • 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.
  • You can bring a ruler to help with drawing ray diagrams.
  • Practice problems are 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.
  • The exam study session is tentatively (UPDATE: CONFIRMED!) scheduled for Sunday April 8th 1pm-3pm in the lab room. I'll let you know if this changes.

Dealing with the March 21st snow day

posted Mar 21, 2018, 4:12 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Mar 27, 2018, 9:11 AM ]

As of now, Rutgers plans to open tomorrow, but with snow forecast to fall continuously through the night in the New Brunswick area I know many you could have a hard time getting to classes tomorrow depending on where you live. Because of this I think it’s best just to cancel lab 8 for everyone.

Here’s how we’ll handle things due to the storm. Be sure to read through all of this:
- Lab 8 is cancelled, all sections. That’s all Thursday, Friday, and Monday morning sections. You will get an excused “exc” grade in the gradebook.
- You will not have to do lab HW 8. You’ll get an “exc” for this too.
- Lab HW 6 will be due at lab 9 next week along with the lab 5 resubmit. The lab 6 resubmit will be due at lab 10.
- You’ll receive an “exc” for LCW16 since lecture didn’t happen today.
- I’m granting an extension on MasteringPhysics HW7 until Friday at 11:59pm. It would have been due tonight but because there are likely to power and/or internet outages tonight I thought this would be best.
- I will post a short HW8 on MasteringPhysics that will cover only what we did in lecture this past Monday. It will be due next Wednesday at 11:59pm as usual.

I’ll see all of you in lecture on Monday.

Stay safe out there!

MasteringPhysics HW7

posted Mar 12, 2018, 8:24 AM by Michael Gentile

HW7 is now up. It's due Wednesday Mar. 21st at 11:59pm (the Wednesday we get back from spring break). Because of the snow day last week this homework only covers one lecture's worth of material. That means it's only half as long! And, there's only one reading question. Feel free to look at the assignment after spring break. It won't take long to do. See you in a week!

MasteringPhysics HW6 extension

posted Mar 8, 2018, 12:03 PM by Michael Gentile

Because of power/internet outages due to the storm I know some of you didn't get to complete homework 6 that was due last night. To 
help with this I've extended the due date to Friday 11:59pm.

Dealing with the March 7th snow day

posted Mar 7, 2018, 11:31 AM by Michael Gentile

After thinking it though there really is only one option for how to handle the missed lecture and labs today. Here’s the deal:
  • ALL LAB 7 SECTIONS WILL BE CANCELLED. That’s right, labs will not meet tomorrow, Friday, or the Monday after spring break. Lab 7 depended too much on what you would have learned in lecture today.
  • Everyone will receive an excused grade (“exc” in the gradebook) for lab 7.
  • The lab 5 resubmit and lab HW 6 that would have been due at lab 7 will instead be due at lab 8 after spring break.
  • You will not need to do lab HW 7. Everyone will receive an excused grade for lab HW 7.
Have a great spring break everyone!

Exam 1 results

posted Mar 5, 2018, 10:29 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 10:29 AM ]

Exam 1 scores are in the gradebook and solutions are available. The average was 70%. There were more than 1300 problems to grade so we weren't able to write personalized feedback on your exams (as much as we would have liked to). Please download the solutions and compare them to the work you did. I ended up giving everyone 2 bonus points that are not shown on your exam paper but are included in the gradebook. One of the points was for problem 2a being a bit too hard, the other for problem 5a not being completely clear. In addition, the gradebook will now report a projected grade for you. This will not be equal to your current average so do not be concerned if they are different. The projected grade calculates your grade with the assumption you will get the same score on exams 2 and 3 that you got on exam 1. Exams are available for pickup this week during recitation. See the directions on the recitation room whiteboard for how to find your exam.

Exam 1 information

posted Feb 20, 2018, 1:21 PM by Michael Gentile

Exam 1 is this coming Monday (Feb. 26th). 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.
  • The TAs, LAs, and I will host a study session for the exam in the lab room on Sunday 1-3pm. All are welcome!

Study groups

posted Jan 19, 2018, 12:17 PM by Michael Gentile

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 noon on Thursday Feb. 1st. It's first-come-first-served so once a study group is full that's it. Study groups begin Monday Jan. 22nd. 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.

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