Exam 1 results

posted Mar 6, 2017, 4:00 PM by Michael Gentile

Exam 1 scores are in the gradebook and solutions are available. 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. Remember, I gave everyone 3 extra points to compensate for the exam being a bit too long. Those points haven't been included in the score on your exam paper, but they have been included in the course gradebook. 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 21, 2017, 2:59 PM by Michael Gentile

Exam 1 is this coming Monday (Feb. 27th). 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 study session is tentatively scheduled for Friday 7pm-9pm in the lab room. I'll update you with final plans once they've been determined.

Study groups registration extended again!

posted Feb 13, 2017, 10:47 AM by Michael Gentile

Two of our study groups have very low attendance right now and are in danger of getting cancelled. They meet Wed 5:35pm and Thu 7:15pm in Loree 124. If you would like to register for one of these, or any of the other ones that still have room you still can! Check the attached PDF for details about study groups and how to register. (Ignore any registration deadlines in the PDF, you'll be able to register any time through March 5th at noon, but why wait?!)

Winter storm updates

posted Feb 9, 2017, 9:05 AM by Michael Gentile

As you know Rutgers has cancelled classes up to 4:30pm today. Here’s what this means for Physics for Sciences:

  • The 9:15am and 12:35pm labs today will not meet. Everyone in those sections will be excused. Students in those sections will hand in lab homework 3 in lecture on Monday. Students in all other sections hand in lab homework 3 in lab this week as usual. Lab homework 4 will be due next week, even if lab 4 was cancelled for you. You can find it at the end of the lab 4 document as usual.
  • The 3:55pm lab will meet, but it will start at 4:30pm and end at 6:55pm. If you are in that lab be sure to allow extra travel time as roads are likely to be in pretty rough shape. Do your best to complete the lab but since you have less than the regular amount of time there will of course be no penalty if you do not finish.
  • Starting with the 7:15pm lab tonight everything will proceed as usual. Be sure to allow for extra travel time.

Be safe today!

Study groups

posted Jan 20, 2017, 4:53 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 6:47 AM ]

Several of you have asked if study groups will be offered for Physics 194. YES! Attached to this post is a PDF describing what study groups are and how you can register for them. UPDATE! Registration has been extended to Monday February 6th at 12pm. See the attached file for details on how to register. Even though study groups have already started you can still join! Missing the first week won't count against you in any way.

Welcome to Physics for Sciences 2

posted Jun 15, 2016, 1:22 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. 18th. Recitations will start on Mon. Jan. 23rd.
  • 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 just before the first lecture.  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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