Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy
Homework counts 15% towards your course grade. For submission and grading of homework we will use an Internet-based homework service called WebAssign. It has several advantages:
Although you can log into WebAssign and examine the homework assignments right away, you won't be able to submit answers until you register your WebAssign access code. The access code (often called WebAssign Card) is packaged together with the loose leaf Serway-Vuille (ed 11) textbook available in the Rutgers University Bookstore. You can also purchase (for less money) access to WebAssign online via our direct course link to WebAssign. With this purchase an electronic version of the Serway-Vuille (ed 11) textbook will be included. That ebook will disappear once the course is over.
To begin using WebAssign, go to the WebAssign Login page. (There is also a link to this login page from our main course home page). For your username enter the first letter of your last name in lowercase, followed by ALL 9 DIGITS of your Rutgers Student ID number including leading zeroes if any.
For the institution, enter rutgers in lowercase, i.e. don't capitalize rutgers. For the password, enter your 9-digit Rutgers Student ID number including leading zeroes if any. After you have logged in, you can (and undoubtedly should) change your password, but you cannot change your username or institution.
At the first login to WebA you will be asked to create an account on CENGAGE with ID= your "email address" and the same password from your WebA account. This will create a link between WebA and CENGAGE and after this you should use the CENGAGE login window. (Note: CENGAGE is the publisher of the textbook and has recently taken over WebAssign.)
AFTER SEPTEMBER 8: If you are unable to get into WebAssign for any reason, send email to Prof. Wim Kloet.
If you used webassign before and your ID does not work as the password, try your old password. (Normally old passwords are reset for each semester). If that still doesn't work (or you've forgotten your old password), email me immediately.
As mentioned before, the first time you use webassign you must register your access code. I repeat, a new (packaged) 11th edition of the Serway/Vuille textbook (obtained from the local University bookstore) should come with the access card already included. If you choose the option of no paper textbook and are happy with the electronic textbook you should buy the WebAssign access online the first time you sign on.
If you are registered for more than one class using WebAssign, the WebAssign page will give you a list and let you select the class to work on. If you do not see all classes, it usually means you have different usernames in the different classes. Contact your instructor immediately to correct this.
As mentioned above, your initial password is your 9-digit ID number. Your email address in WebAssign is the email address that appears on the Rutgers class roster for Physics 161. If you wish to change either of these, just log into WebAssign and click the Options button located near the top right, just below the Logout button. That will take you to a page with buttons for changing password or email address.
After changing your password or email address, BE SURE TO CLICK THE SAVE BUTTON or else the change won't be made.
Each assignment is generally due on Friday at 5:00pm. WebAssign enforces this deadline very strictly, and won't accept a submission if you are even one second late.
The lectures each week will give you practice in doing problems similar to the ones in the corresponding assignment. You are encouraged to discuss homework problems with your classmates, and the Math and Science Learning Center would be an excellent place for you and your friends to work together. Of course you should attempt the problems on your own before discussing them with your friends. If you simply copy someone else's method for solving a problem, you will not have learned it well enough for success on exams.
When you are ready to submit an assignment, note that you can enter numerical answers in a variety of formats:
Once you've entered your answers, click the "Submit for grading" button at the bottom of the assignment. Your assignment will be returned with answers marked correct (with a check) or incorrect (with an X). If any were incorrect, you can retry the assignment. When you are ready to resubmit, click the "Review Last Submission" button. This will bring up all previous answers and allow you to edit the incorrect answers. If you simply call up the assignment, all answers are taken as blank again, and you will need to re-enter all your previous correct answers.
You are also allowed to "Submit" your answer separately for each question. THIS IS AN EASY AND USEFUL SHORTCUT.You are allowed up to 5 submissions for each assignment. The last submission you make is the one whose grade will be recorded. Here are some helpful hints concerning submission of homework:
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Prof. Wim Kloet.