Have a great summer!

posted May 11, 2017, 12:35 PM by Michael Gentile

Final grades have been posted to the gradebook and submitted to Rutgers. The average on exam 3 was 72%. Have a fantastic summer, and best of luck in all that you do.

Exam 3 information

posted May 2, 2017, 2:11 PM 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 8th 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 9th 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.

Extra exam 3 practice

posted Apr 27, 2017, 12:41 PM by Michael Gentile

I just posted HW13 on MasteringPhysics. It is only for practice and won't be counted as part of your grade. Solutions have already been posted on the course website. HW13 covers what we did in lecture, recitation, and lab this week and will be excellent practice for exam 3.

The second half of yesterday's lecture, along with lab this week, was all about the Bohr model of the hydrogen atom. Because we're spending a whole lab on it it's a safe bet there will be a question on exam 3 involving the Bohr model. Read section 27.2 in the textbook to learn more about it. In addition, remember that you skipped problems 5 and 6 in recitation this week? They were about the Bohr model too. They will also be excellent practice for exam 3. Solutions to the recitation are on the course website, including problems 5 and 6.

Exam 2 results

posted Apr 17, 2017, 7:44 AM by Michael Gentile

You can find your exam 2 scores in the gradebook. The average was 68%. Solutions are up.

Lab practical 2 posted

posted Apr 12, 2017, 6:38 AM by Michael Gentile

If you've been keeping an eye on the course calendar you know that lab practical 2 is next week. I've posted it already so you have plenty of time to prepare for it. Get together with your lab group and come up with plans for each experiment. Then, contact your TA at least 48 hours before your lab for feedback.

Exam 2 information

posted Apr 4, 2017, 4:38 PM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 7:06 PM ]

Exam 2 is this coming Monday (Apr. 10th). 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 will be posted later tonight (UPDATE: 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 will be Friday April 7th, 7pm-9pm in the lab room.

MasteringPhysics HW10 posted in advance

posted Apr 4, 2017, 6:26 AM by Michael Gentile

I've decided to post HW10 a bit earlier than usual so everyone can get started on it far in advance of the exam if they wish to. Just so everything is clear about due dates:

HW9 is due tomorrow night (Apr. 5th) at 11:59pm.
HW10 is due next Wednesday night (Apr. 12th) at 11:59pm.

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   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 4:35 PM ]

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?!)

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