Group Problem Solving (Workshops): Students will meet twice a week for a 90-minute problem solving session using the Conferences App on Canvas. During these meetings, students will work in groups of three (3) under the supervision of an instructor, who will serve as a facilitator for students to encourage quality problem solving and critical thinking skills in physics. In each session, the workshop leader will provide groups with four (4) worksheets where students will be required to demonstrate their algebraic process in problem solving. Towards the last 10 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. Upon completion, students will be required to upload and submit their work through the Assignments tab on Canvas in order to obtain credit for the session. The total grade for each workshop session is 5 points. The average workshop grade weights 20% of the final course grade.Online Homework: There will be one online homework assignment every week. These assignments must be submitted electronically through the web. The online homework will be available five to six days before the duedate Monday before 11:55pm. After the due time the answer key will be turned on and the submission will be turned off. Under no circumstances a delayed online homework will 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: Normally the exams are conducted on campus, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the exams this summer will be conducted online. There are two non-cumulative exams online. Each exam weights 30% of your final grade. 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. You can use a scientific calculator for the exams. 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 and the use of websites such as Chegg, CourseHero, Bartleby, etc. are strictly forbidden and 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 severe 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.
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.
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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