There are three 90
minutes lectures per week. Take
careful notes in each lecture. After each lecture review your notes
while the information is still fresh in your mind. Review the same notes on the
weekend and practice your homework.
There are two 90 minute
recitations a week in which you work on problems solving. There will be quizzes
There will be one online
homework assignment every week. These assignments must be submitted
electronically through the web. The online homework will be available five to six
days before the duedate Sundays
. After the due time the answer
key will be turned on and the submission will be turned off. Under no
circumstances a delayed online homework will be accepted
. You can login and print out your homework
as many times as you want, but you are limited to only four (4) submission attempts
to complete each
online assignment. The grade for the questions correctly solved in the first attempt will be worth 100%
those solved in the second attempt worth 75%
, those solved in the third attempt worth 50%
, and those
solved in final fourth attempt worth 25%
There are two exams, each consist multiple choice questions on the material related
to the indicated chapters. Each exam weights 30% of your final grade. There is no penalty for a wrong answer. It is
therefore important that you give an answer to every question even if you have
to make an educated guess. An equation sheet will be provided for each exam. Bring a scientific calculator to each
exam, and make sure that any needed battery is fresh.
It is very important that you
attend every class meeting and lecture. You must attend the section in which you
. If you miss a graded activity (quiz, etc...) because
of illness or other reasons, you must contact your TA immediately.
While you are encouraged to form collaborative learning and study groups with fellow students in this class,
you are always expected to hand in your own work in this course. Responses to online assignments and exam
questions must be exclusively your own work. In addition, sharing private course material (such as lecture
slides, videos, assignments, etc.) on social media websites such as Facebook, etc. is considered a violation
of academic integrity, as defined by the Rutgers Office of Student Conduct. Any violations of these rules
will be personally dealt with by the Professor and may lead to University disciplinary action. It is in the
best interest of the students and the morale of the class to follow these rules and not to tolerate any
departure from them by others. Any instances of academic dishonesty that takes place in this course must
be reported to the Professor immediately.
This course is primarily for science, health profession, and science teaching
majors. Since access to these professions requires a good physics background,
the course is structured to help students who can benefit from our personal
attention and innovative instructional methods. In order for all of us to
succeed, there must be an understanding that both you and we have an obligation
to the program. We expect you to attend all classes and to participate, to do
the assignments on time, read lecture materials ahead of time,
This course is a cooperative enterprise. You and your classmates depend on
everyone arriving at each meeting promptly. If you find that your
schedule or the course system prevents you from arriving on time, or
staying to the end, please take the course in another year when there
are no conflicts.
We would like to emphasize the importance of good manners to create a
positive and supportive learning environment in the lectures. The lectures will
begin and end on time. Coming late or leaving early is rude and disruptive. If
you find that on a particular day you must leave early, please speak to the
lecturer before class.
Our responsibility is to provide you with the best possible
learning experience. Please feel free to discuss any aspect of the
course with the Lecturer or his colleagues. The instructors welcome
your comments and suggestions about content and organization at any
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THIS
SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PREPARE FOR EXAMS
- It is required that you read each
chapter before we get to it in class. This will enable you to ask meaningful
questions and to recognize difficult concepts.
- Immediately after each class, study
the lecture material and try to grasp the concepts. Familiarize yourself with
the step-by-step worked out problems given in class. Then, try to solve these
problems by yourself, without looking at your notes.
- During the week-end of the same week
review the lecture material once again to
reinforce the understanding of the concepts. Once you feel comfortable with
the material try to solve the homework assignment associated with the
- It is very useful if you can memorize the
basic formulae that get used often.
- Make use of the resources at the
textbook's web site. The site contains numerous ways of exploring the material
and of testing yourself.
- Use the lecture and the recitation to your advantage. Stop the instructor if
there is a step that you didn't understand - (s)he is there to help you where
your difficulties are. Of course, this works best if you come prepared
with specific questions and/or sample problems.
- Try to get ready for each exam at least one week in advance. Go over all
the write-ups including Lecture notes, Homework Problems, and Online Homework. This is more efficient than cramming for one night (not only will you
be tired, you will also forget everything quickly again).
- Previous exams with solutions may be
available one week before each exam.
You should never study from the previous exams. You do the
previous exams just to evaluate yourself. If you did a problem incorrectly,
try to review the concept then do the problem again on your own. Do similar
problems from the text to reinforce the concept.
- Try to use the exam formula sheet
frequently to familiarize yourself with it.
- Remember, exams will only cover the
material discussed in class.