Physics 123 - Analytical Physics I
Classical Mechanics - Fall 2017
Students are responsible for all information contained on this page!!!
Co-requisite: CALC I (01:640:151)
WEBSITEThe website for Physics 123 is http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/ugrad/123/ . All announcements will appear there, as well as in lecture.
STAFF AND E-MAIL GUIDELINESA listing of the course staff, including contact information, office hours, and minilabs, is available HERE. Students of any section are welcome to attend the office hours of any instructor. HOWEVER, you must attend the workshop to which you are assigned.
TEXTBOOKREQUIRED: Young and Freedman: "University Physics" with Mastering Physics Vol. 1, 14th Edition, Pearson/Addison Wesley.
I-CLICKER, ON-LINE HOMEWORK or READING QUIZ PROBLEMS
LECTURESLectures will be given in the Physics Lecture Hall. Friday Period 4 (1:40 - 3:00 PM), Period 5 (3:20 -4:40 PM), and Period 6 (5:00 - 6:20 PM)
WORKSHOPSAs part of this course, you will attend an 80-minute workshop section that meets once per week in Physics and Astronomy Building, Rm. 227. Find your workshop meeting time and instructor here.
Quiz: takes 10-15 minutes and will be based on any materials previously covered during lecture.
Minilab: This is a collaborative activity done in small groups (two to three students), that focusses on conceptual understanding of the new material and usually involves a hands-on component. Your group will be asked to answer questions, and the instructor and learning assistant will circulate around the room and discuss your answers with you. You will receive a grade as a group and it will contribute to your recitation grade.
There also will be a "pre-lab", which is a short assignment that you are supposed to print out, answer before the workshop, and submit in the beginning of each workshop. The assignments for each workshop will be accessible in advance on the syllabus.You are expected to print them out and bring them with you to class.
You are expected to bring the workshop handout (prelab), a notebook to work in, and a calculator to each workshop.
WORKSHOP ABSENCES: If you have to miss a workshop due to an unavoidable conflict, you should attend another section's workshop during the same week. HOWEVER you must obtain the permission of BOTH workshop instructors, and YOU must arrange for the grade to be transferred to your regular instructor. There will be NO MAKE-UP OPPORTUNITIES for missed workshops outside of the week they are scheduled. No exceptions.
All homework assignments are done on-line. You can see the schedule of homework assignments HERE.
HOMEWORK MUST BE ENTERED BY 11:59PM (23:59 hrs) ON THE DUE DATE (USUALLY FRIDAYS). No exceptions, no grace period.
It is strongly recommended to complete the homework shortly after your recitation, and if possible before lecture.
In order to register for Pearson Mastering, you must log in to the website (https://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/) and choose the correct textbook (Young/Freedman University Physics 14th ed) and then register as a new user. Use your FULL NAME EXACTLY AS IN REGISTRAR'S RECORD, and where is asks for Student ID, use your 9-digit RUID. Register using the access code included with your textbook. Double check that you have correctly entered your name and student ID number. The Pearson Mastering course ID for this course is montalvo07785.
In order to evaluate and improve our teaching methods, the department needs to access the knowledge and attitudes of our students concerning physics. For this purpose, we are asking you to take a physics knowledge test both at the beginning of the semester and towards the end, to be done in recitation. The pretest will be given in recitation the week of Sept. 6. Students in Monday recitations will be asked to take a makeup, click here for the makeup times. You will also be asked to fill out a web-based attitude form during the first week.
If you complete both of the in-recitation tests and both of the on-line surveys, and only if you complete all four of these, you will receive two points towards your grade. How well you do on these tests will not affect your grade - indeed the instructors will not see these results, except to know that your have completed them.
EXAMINATIONSThere will be two 80-minute common hour (CH) exams and one three-hour final exam in this course. The CH exams will be conducted in several locations, and students are assigned to locations alphabetically. A label with your name on it will be pasted on one of the several versions of the exam and sent to the assigned location. If you go to the wrong location, you will not find your exam.
To take a make-up exam, you have to obtain PRIOR PERMISSION from Prof. Montalvo. Exam locations and dates will be announced
later. A written explanation of why you must miss the exam, with supporting written evidence such as a note from
health services, or written evidence of a conflicting exam, is required. You are advised to resolve conflicts by changing your
conflicting engagement, rather than rely on the make-up exam(s) in this course.
All exams will be multiple choice and closed-book. For each Common Hour Exam, you may bring with you a single "formula sheet": ONE 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper (OK to use both sides, but no photocopies) on which you may write any information that might be helpful to you during the exam. On the final exam you may bring two such sheets. The numerical values of relevant constants will be provided to you. You must bring a calculator to the exams (with no stored course information), as well as pencils for the computer forms. Communicating devices of any kind will not be allowed. In particular, cell phones must be turned off and placed in a bag (or similar) so that they cannot be seen by you or by anyone else. Failure to obey this rule will be considered cheating. All cheaters will be caught - and remember the NSA is monitoring all your phone calls! Consequenses of cheating and academic dishonesty are severe, ranging from failing the course to expulsion from the University. (See section on academic integrity below.) Don't do it!
GRADINGThe nominal contribution of the various components of this course to your final grade is summarized in the table below.
|Workshop Quiz||8%||two dropped*
|Group Work||8%||two dropped *
|Minilabs||8%||two dropped *
|Lecture Participation||6%||three dropped *|
|Reading Quizzes||4%||two dropped *|
|Homework||6%||Online (best 12/13)|
|Surveys||2%||Must do all four
Factors such as class participation in workshops contribute towards your final grade.* Assignments dropped are to account for religious holidays, illness, or any other excusable absences. These WILL NOT be dropped in addition to an excusable absence.
HOW TO STUDY FOR THIS COURSE: From experience we know that, in order to be successful in this class, consistent weekly effort is required on your part. You need to "socialize" the material, to turn it around in your own mind, to get acquainted with it in several ways. Try also to study with friends. Through discussions with others, you will understand the material in a deeper way. Do not hesitate to contact your instructors, but do this as early as possible. Most things we can help you with, if we know about them early, but there is often little we can do if you wait until a few days before the common hour exams or the final. Above all, solve the assigned exercises, and when you have done all those, do some more!
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: The Math and Science Learning Centers (MSLC) (http://mslc.rutgers.edu/) on Busch and on Douglass and the various campus computer hubs have computer workstations that can access WWW. Students who need help in our course are strongly encouraged to see our recitation instructors. Their office hours are listed in the Instructors link in our course web page. In addition, free tutoring may be available form Rutgers University Learning Centers. For more details, consult the MSLC web page, or visit the MSLC (Busch Campus, ARC building, 3rd floor) in person.
E-MAILING INSTRUCTORS: E-mailing is often the most efficient and effective means of communication in the course. Always follow the guidelines provided above.
We will make a good faith effort to reply on the same day to e-mails received by 5 PM. Replies to e-mails received after 5 PM may not come until the following day.
We will communicate with you exclusively through your Rutgers e-mail account. Failure on your part to check that account is not an acceptable excuse.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: Please review the Rutgers Policy on Academic Integrity for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. As this document makes clear, cheating can take many forms, none of which are acceptable. This includes (but is not limited to):
However, we do encourage certain activities, such as: