Group Problem Solving (Recitations): Students will meet once a week on Mondays for an 80-minute problem solving session. During this meeting, students will work in groups of 3 under the supervision of an instructor. This instructor will serve as a facilitator for students so as to encourage quality problem solving and critical thinking skills in physics. Each session, the instructor will provide groups with three (3) worksheets where students will be required to demonstrate their algebraic process in problem solving. In order to obtain the next worksheet, groups will be expected that their work includes a step-by-step solution to the previous problem.
Towards the last 10-15 minutes of each group problem session, there will also be a short quiz that students will complete individually and will be based on the topics covered in that day’s meeting. The total grade for this activity each week is 5 points. The average Group Problem grade weights 20% of your final grade. Issues pertaining to the recitations should directly be addressed to Dr. Chaz Ruggieri.Online Homework: 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 Wednesday before 11:55pm. 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. Exams: Each midterm 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. Make-ups: 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 your TA. Academic Integrity 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. Recommendation Letters 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 items:
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, etc.
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 hall.
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 time.
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