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

Welcome to Physics for Sciences 2

posted Jan 5, 2018, 10:08 AM by Michael Gentile   [ updated Jan 14, 2018, 7:44 AM ]

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. 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. 17th. Recitations will start on Mon. Jan. 22nd.
  • 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. 17th.  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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