Physics 228, Spring 2015
COURSE INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS
registered for this course are assumed to have
read and understood
Required: Young and Freedman, University
Physics Volumes 2 and 3, 13th
Edition, Pearson/Addison Wesley,
If you need special permission because the class is closed due to being full, go to < href="http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/ugrad/spnum.shtml">this page.
For other registration questions or problems, please contact Ms. Katherine Lam in Serin Lab, Room 201W, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lectures will be given in the Physics Lecture Hall (correctly labeled on map).
Your registration for this course includes an assignment to a recitation section. All recitation sections meeting once per week (either Tuesday or Wednesday), starting on Tuesday, Jan 27. Your recitation instructor is there to help you learn the material and appreciates your asking questions.
There will be computer-based homework assignments each week using Mastering Physics. The Course ID is RUPHYS228S15. Currently the deadline each week is set at on Monday nights, though we encourage you to complete the assignment before the weekend. We strongly recommend that you try the problems before your recitation section, so you are prepared to ask questions and understand the discussion. Also, while working with others on the homework can be helpful, relying on others in your group can mean that you do not learn enough from the homework in order to do similar problems on the exam correctly. We recommend that you do the problems yourself, and in case you are not able to get the right answer, to ask others for discussion and explanation (not the formulas or the answers) before attempting the problem again.
If you buy a new copy of the text, a license for Mastering Physics should be included. If you acquired a license last semester (in 227) it should still be valid. Otherwise you will need to buy a license. For more information see the homework link. 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 two lowest homework grades. There will be no other makeups on the homework.
You must attend the recitations 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. However, this must not become habitual without officially registering for the alternate section.
A short quiz based
on material covered will be given each week. Your
recitation grade will be based on your performance
on the quizzes and your activity in recitation.
You are strongly
encouraged to participate in the discussion of
problems and ask questions about aspects that you
have not completely mastered. Each week's score
will be of a maximum of 15 points, 5 points for
attendance and up to 10 additional points for work
on the quiz. The lowest two recitation scores (of
14) will be discarded. This should cover normal
amounts of excused absences,
so there will be no makeup quizzes or
recitations. If you have issues or
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 arrange a
special session by email or phone, also. Don't
be afraid! The instructors are there to help
The table gives times and locations for the two 80-minute common hour (CH) examinations and the three-hour final examination in this course. The CH exams will be conducted in two locations, and students are assigned to locations according to recitation section. 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. The link is
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 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 pencils for the computer forms and your Rutgers ID.
To help you in studying for exams, the MSLC offers free one-on-one tutoring and copies of exams given in this course in the last three years (also available through the Exams link at the top of this page), along with solutions to those exams. In addition, you can consult any of the course instructors either during their office hours or by appointment or by email.
A makeup exam will be given after each common hour exam and the final, at a different time so as to avoid weekly conflicts. This exam will be of equivalent difficulty and content as the regular exam. In order to take the makeup exam, you will need a note from the Dean's Office documenting the reason for your absence and requesting Prof. Podzorov to allow you to take the makeup exam. This policy will be enforced with no exceptions. The Dean's Office has a form to fill out in the case of a conflict with another class or exam.
Your recitation instructor will assign your course grade, and may take into account factors like your class participation and your improvement (or deterioration) during the term. Your participation in lecture and the judgment of the lecturer will also be included in the assignment of the course grade.
To account for illnesses, conflicts, etc., the lowest two homework and quiz scores are dropped, as well as the lowest four iclicker scores - of course, each iclicker score is either 0% or 100%. It is hard to get a passing grade without taking all of the exams.
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.
However, we do encourage certain activities, such as
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!
The instructors welcome email from students. But please email the right person - emailing the wrong person will only delay your getting an answer.
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:
It is also generally a good idea to
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 for
which a reply will get to you successfully,
(starts with a period). The first line of this file should contain the email address you prefer to use. e.g.
Make sure you end this line with a carriage return.