There are two 55
minute 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 before you start working on your homework.
There is one 55 minute
recitation a week in which you work on problem solving. There will be a short quiz
during recitations and its grade weights 20%
of your final grade.
There will be one online
homework assignment every week. These assignments must be
submitted electronically through the web.
Online Homework will
be made available for download five to six days before the due date, most likely
. After the due time the answer
key will be turned on and the submission will be turned off. Under no
circumstances will a delayed online homework 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%. The average online homework grade weights 20% of
your final grade.
exam will consist of 15 multiple choice questions on the material
related to the indicated chapters. The cumulative final exam will consist of 30
multiple-choice questions. 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. A formula sheet will be
provided for each exam. The formula sheet may be posted on the web
for consultation. If you need help consult your TA, the course
administrator, or the Lecturer. 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
are registered. If you miss a graded activity (quiz, etc...) because
of illness or other reasons, you must make it up the same day in a different
section. To participate in a different section you need permission from
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.
The Lecturer will assist the top 10 students in the class with admission to
medical schools, graduate schools, etc... by providing recommendation letters.
The rest of the students may contact their TAs to find out more about their
policy of providing recommendation letters.
The students who qualify for a recommendation must provide the following
- The appropriate application forms properly filled out.
- A personal statement.
- A college transcript.
- A resume.
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. If you must chew gum do it with your mouth closed and
without noise. We will not use the last four rows in the lecture
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
- I recommend 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. Exam questions are most likely found somewhere in