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Summer 2019
Lectures: There are three 90 minutes 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 and practice your homework.

Group Problem Solving (Workshops): Students will meet twice a week for 90-minute problem solving sessions. During these meetings, 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 four (4) 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 each workshop session is 5 points. The average grade weights 20% of your final 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: There are two non-cumulative exams, each consist of 20 multiple choice questions on the material related to the indicated chapters. 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. 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 contact your TA immediately.

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.


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.