Physics 228, Spring 2018


Students registered for this course are assumed to have read and understood
all the information contained on this and all other pages in the course web site.

Registration Problems
Analytic Physics Lab course 230
Reading Quizzes
Instructor Office Hours

Make-up Exams
Academic Integrity
Email to instructors and email to you!
Students with disabilities
Student Wellness Service


Each student must obtain an iclicker, for classroom response in lectures. Because of the way iclickers are graded, you cannot share an iclicker with anyone else. If you have an iclicker from 227 or some other class that was registered on Iclickr:register website, there is no need to re-register it. If you are joining the course for the first time, or if your iclicker was registered on sakai,  please register your new iclicker using these Instructions

To get iclicker credit for an individual class, you must answer all of the iclicker questions asked - you do not need to answer correctly. Correct answers might give you ``bragging rights'', but that is it. You can get full iclicker credit for the term if you are present for 22 of the 26 lectures.

Check the gradebook periodically to make sure your clicker input is being correctly recorded--if you discover only at the end of the semester that your iclicker has been malfunctioning, it is too late to do anything about the lost points.

Clicking for other students is cheating and is absolutely prohibited. Do not under any circumstances bring more than one iclicker to your seat in the lecture hall, as possession of more than one iclicker during the lecture will be a presumption of intent to cheat on the parts of both the possessor and the owner of the iclicker. Additional clickers brought to the lecture for any reason should be left on the front lecture table for pickup after class.


Required: Young and Freedman, University Physics
Volumes 2 and 3, 14th Edition, Pearson/Addison Wesley,
San Francisco, 2012

Registration Problems

If you need special permission because the class is closed due to being full, go to this page.

For other registration questions or problems, please contact Ms. Katherine Lam in Serin Lab, Room 201W, or email her at klam AT


Lectures will be given in the Physics Lecture Hall (correctly labeled on map).

Monday Thursday, 8:55-9:50

You are expected to arrive on time for the beginning and stay through the end of the lecture, and you are responsible for being aware of any information given out at the lectures.

The lectures will have interactive components, in which you will be asked multiple choice questions, and you will answer by means of a I-Clicker transmitter. There generally will be three questions during each lecture. You should do your best to answer correctly, but unless otherwise announced, you will not be graded on the correctness of your answers, but the fact that you did participate will count as part of the grading as described below.

Attendance at lectures is assumed. Some of the topics presented in lecture are not available in the textbook, and such topics will be included among the exam questions.

Information about the course will be announced in lectures, and will often be posted on the main course web page

Analytical Physics Lab Course 230

A parallel lab course Analytical Physics 230 is offered. 
Even though 228 and 228 are in parallel, they are administered separately.  The physics 228 faculty cannot help you with any physics 230 issues.
For more information about 230, visit the website.

Recitations: Pre-recitation Problems, Collaborative Problems and Quizzes

Your registration for this course includes an assignment to a recitation section. All recitation sections meeting once per week (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday), starting on Monday, Jan. 22. Your recitation instructor is there to help you learn the material and appreciates your asking questions.
Each week you are required to finish pre-recitation problem before coming to your recitation section. In each recitation you will be participating in collaborative problem solving and a short quiz based on material covered will be given.  Your recitation grade, 24% of the final grade, will be based on your performance on the collaborative problems (12%) and the quizzes (12%).  Each week's collaborative problem will have a maximum of 12 points. Each quiz will have a maximum of 12 points (3 points for pre-recitation problem).
Attendance Policy:
  • You must attend the recitation section for which you are registered.
  • You are not permitted to attend any other recitation meeting unless you obtain permission from the instructors of BOTH recitations. This will be allowed only once during the semester.
  • You are expected to be on-time. If you come in 10 or more minutes late to your section you will not be allowed to join a group.
  • Reading Quizzes

    There will be computer-based quizzes based on the textbook section(s) that will be covered during lectures. The deadline for each quiz will be 8:30AM on Mondays and Thursdays (just before each lecture). The required reading for the quiz will be marked as part of the assignment title. Fro example the first quiz (Due 1/29 at 8:30AM) title is "Reading Quiz #1 (Ch 35.1-2)", which means you must read sections 35.1 and 35.2 before attempting the quiz.
    Quizzes will have a time limit so make sure you fully read the section(s) before attempting it.

    Reading quizzes will remain open for practis but late entries will not be given any credit, and clock / computer / network problems are not accepted excuses.
    If you experience access issues or any other issues with the online quizzes you should contact Pearson Support immedieately.
    Your course grade is based partly on these quizzes. There will be approximately 25 reading quizzes. To allow for possible excused missed assignments, we will drop the three lowest reading quiz grades.
    There will be no makeups on the reading quizzes.


    There will be computer-based homework assignments each week. The deadline each week is set at 11:59 PM on Sunday nights. We strongly recommend that you try the problems before your recitation section. Late assignments are not given any credit, and clock / computer / network problems are not accepted excuses.
    If you experience access issues or any other issues with the online homework you should contact Pearson Support immedieately.

    Your course grade is based partly on these weekly homeworks. There will be 13 weekly assignments. To allow for possible excused missed assignments, we will drop the lowest homework grade. There will be no makeups on the homework.

    Instructor Office Hours

    A key component of learning is one-on-one interaction with your instructor. This is your chance to ask questions and get valuable tutorial instruction. Your instructor will be available once per week at an office hour posted on the instructors page. If it is not possible for you to attend that office hour, or just want additional help, you may attend the office hour of any other instructor. Often it is also possible to make an appointment by email.


    Exam times and locations will be posted on the course schedule There will be two 80-minute common hour (CH) exams and a three-hour final exam in this course. The CH exams will be conducted in two locations, and students are assigned to locations according to last name. A label with your name on it will be pasted on one of the several versions of the exam and sent to the appropriate location. If you go to the wrong location, you will not find your exam. Please take time to look up your Rutgers ID number.
    All exams will be closed-book. The questions will be multiple choice. For each common hour exam, you may bring with you a single "cheat sheet", one and only one 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper (OK to use both sides) on which you may write any equation, formulae, or notes that might be helpful to you during the exam. Information on the sheets must be handwritten (not duplicated or printed) and have no attachments. For the final, you may bring three such sheets (it's fine to reuse the sheets from the hour exams, but make sure to correct any errors!) The numerical values of relevant constants will be provided to you. You should certainly bring a calculator to the exams, as well as #2 pencis and your Rutgers ID.
    To help you in studying for exams, the MSLC offers free one-on-one tutoring. In addition, you can consult any of the course instructors either during their office hours or by appointment or by email.


    Component Percent of Grade
    Lecture iClickers 5%
    Collaborative Problem12%
    Recitation Quiz12%
    Reading Quiz6%
    Common Hour Exam 115%
    Common Hour Exam 215%
    Final Exam30%

    To account for illnesses, conflicts, etc., the lowest homework and two recitation scores (collaborative problems and quizzes) will be dropped, as well as the lowest four iclicker scores.
    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.
    It is your responsibility to complete the coursework as assigned by the deadlines given. We DO NOT offer the option of extra credit work or redoing of coursework to improve your course grade. Extensions of deadlines are possible only in special circumstances, such as illness or death in the family, documented by the Dean's Office.

    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):

    • using an iclicker unit not your own on behalf of someone else, or asking someone to do so,
    • communicating or copying the contents of a recitations quiz to anyone else,
    • communicating with anyone else by any means during an exam or quiz,
    • using a formula sheet for an exam other than one you made yourself, or making such a sheet for someone else.

    However, we do encourage certain activities, such as

    • helping each other with homework and exam review,
    • discussing the answer to i-clicker questions,
    • studying together and critiquing each other's cheat sheets.

    Ultimately, cheating in any form will not work in your favor: you will not learn the material for yourself. This can only have a deleterious effect on your own future performance prospects in other classes and in the world at large. Also, if you have any sort of conscience, you will live with the knowledge that you cheated the rest of your life. Maybe you will feel that you have "beaten the system" but you have only degraded yourself. Don't do it!

    Email to Instructors and email to you!

    The instructors welcome email from students. But please email the right person - emailing the wrong person will only delay your getting an answer.
    • Questions about lectures, demos and clicker scores should be addressed to Prof. Zimmermann.
    • Questions about exams, should be addressed to Prof. Montalvo.
    • Questions about recitation material, homework problems, quizzes and quiz grades should be addressed to your recitation instructor.
    • Questions about course grades should be addressed to your recitation instructor first. If you are not satisfied with the answer you may followup with Prof. Montalvo or Zimmermann, copying the original emails from your recitation instructor.
    • Requests for consultation on the homework can be addressed to any of the instructors. (You may also attend any instructors office hours.)

    To make email communication effective, certain care is necessary in composing email messages. Sending electronic mail is not an occasion to drop all punctuation, spelling, grammar, style or courtesy. Here is some advice:
    • always sign your full name to email,
    • always give a meaningful subject line, starting "Physics 228:". In today's world of junk mail, mail without a subject line is likely to be discarded unread.
    • write in clear, whole sentences with proper punctuation,
    • check your spelling, and
    • be courteous!

    When you send email you are typically asking for help in some way. Failure to take the time and effort to follow these simple guidelines will definitely make your instructor less inclined to spend his or her time and effort helping you!
    Also, make sure you use an email address where a reply will get to you successfully, preferably your RU account. We will definitely be emailing you vital information to the email that is listed on the roster, as the course progresses. If your account has storage limits and bounces email, we consider it to be your problem.

    Students with Disabilities

    Please visit the physics department website for students with disabilities.
    If you have certification of your need for extra time or other accommodations at exams, please contract Prof. Montalvo and your ODS coordinator at the beginning of the semester so that exam arrangements can be made well in advance.

    Student-Wellness Services:

    Just In Case Web App
    Access helpful mental health information and resources for yourself or a friend in a mental health crisis on your smartphone or tablet and easily contact CAPS or RUPD.
    Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
    (848) 932-7884 / 17 Senior Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901/
    CAPS is a University mental health support service that includes counseling, alcohol and other drug assistance, and psychiatric services staffed by a team of professional within Rutgers Health services to support students’ efforts to succeed at Rutgers University. CAPS offers a variety of services that include: individual therapy, group therapy and workshops, crisis intervention, referral to specialists in the community and consultation and collaboration with campus partners. 

    Violence Prevention & Victim Assistance (VPVA)
    (848) 932-1181 / 3 Bartlett Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 /
    The Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance provides confidential crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual and relationship violence and stalking to students, staff and faculty.  To reach staff during office hours when the university is open or to reach an advocate after hours, call 848-932-1181.
    Disability Services
     (848) 445-6800 / Lucy Stone Hall, Suite A145, Livingston Campus, 54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854 /
    The Office of Disability Services works with students with a documented disability to determine the eligibility of reasonable accommodations, facilitates and coordinates those accommodations when applicable, and lastly engages with the Rutgers community at large to provide and connect students to appropriate resources.