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 Feb 25, 2015, 11:15 AM ]

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. 

Interested in becoming a Learning Assistant next academic year?

posted Jan 30, 2015, 7:14 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Jan 30, 2015, 10:18 AM ]

If you got an A or B+ in Physics for Sciences 1 last semester you've already received an email from me inviting you to apply to be a Learning Assistant (LA) for the 2015-16 academic year. LAs run study groups for the course and help out in recitation and lab. If accepted you'll get paid $1500 per semester for your work! It also looks very impressive on your resume. Attached is a PDF with lots more information. Attending an information session would be a great idea. Lastly, you can apply to be an LA here. Check into all of this right away if you are interested. Information session are happening now and application deadlines are coming up quickly.

MasteringPhysics and Study Groups

posted Jan 29, 2015, 6:35 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Jan 29, 2015, 6:36 AM ]

The first MasteringPhysics assignment has been posted. Click on the "Homework" tab above and log in to your account to start work on it. Homework will be posted each Thursday morning and will always be due the following Tuesday at 11:59pm.

Just a reminder that registration for study groups starts tomorrow (Friday) at 12pm and ends Sunday at 12pm. Be sure to register early to reserve a spot. See the attached PDF for more information.

Class cancellations

posted Jan 26, 2015, 8:02 AM by Michael Gentile

As you probably already know, Rutgers is closing today at 4pm and reopening (tentatively) tomorrow at 1pm. That means according to Rutgers we should still be having lecture today... BUT, I don't want anyone considering doing anything unsafe to get to class, so LECTURE IS CANCELLED TODAY (I'll give everyone credit for being there though!). In addition, since most of our recitations are officially cancelled anyway, I'm going to cancel the rest as well. So, ALL MONDAY AND TUESDAY RECITATIONS ARE CANCELLED THIS WEEK.

But, because of how integrated the labs are with the course and how much everything is sequenced carefully we can't just skip today and tomorrow entirely. So, here's what you need to do BEFORE LECTURE ON WEDNESDAY:
  1. Carefully read sections 14.3 and 14.4 in the textbook.
  2. Download RCW1 and do the problems. Feel free to work in groups over FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangout, or however you want to do it. The solutions are already posted so you can check your work as you go. Use them responsibly though. You'll be handing in your work in lecture on Wednesday and in order to get full credit it'll need to be clear that you only used the solutions to review your work and not just to copy from. Show me that I can trust you with this!
Wednesday's lecture will assume you've done this, and so will lab this week. Please set aside a few hours today or tomorrow to put effort into this.

That's it for now. See you Wednesday. Stay safe out there!

Study Groups

posted Jan 25, 2015, 4:40 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Jan 29, 2015, 6:36 AM ]

Information on study groups for Physics for Sciences 2 is here. Check out the attached PDF for all the details. Registration opens Friday Jan. 30th at 12pm and closes Sunday Feb. 1st at 12pm. Study groups begin Monday Feb. 2nd. Questions about study groups should be directed to Moraima Castro-Faix (


posted Jun 10, 2014, 12:23 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Jun 10, 2014, 12:27 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. 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. 21st. Recitations will start on Mon. Jan. 26th.
  • 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. 21st.  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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