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Physics 227, Spring 2018


Textbook and Required Course Materials
Registration Problems
Analytical Physics Lab Course 229
Recitations, Homework and Quizzes
Instructor Office Hours

Examinations and Make-up Exams

Attendance policy
Academic Integrity
Email to instructors and email to you!
Students with disabilities

Textbook and required course materials:

Required Young and Freedman, University Physics Volume 2, 14th Edition, Pearson/Addison-Wesley

(If you are continuing onto Physics 228, you may consider buying the combination of Volume 2 and Volume 3 together as it will be cheaper).  To get the most out of the lecture, you should complete the assigned reading BEFORE each lecture.

RequiredA license for the online homework software Mastering Physics.  This can be purchased with the textbook, or online. If you were in Analytical Physics I last year and only bought volume 1 of the textbook, you have to purchase a new access code.  Please register for Mastering Physics as described here.  The course ID is RUPHY227S2018 If you purchased both volumes 1 and 2 last year when you were in Analytical Physics I, contact Professor Cizewski cizewski@physics.rutgers.edu.

Required: Iclicker transmitter You are required to participate interactively throughout the lecture with an I-clicker.  You will only get credit for correct I-clicker responses. First, purchase an ICLICKER (note the brand name is iClicker®).  You cannot share an I-clicker, because it is assigned by your student ID.  Please register your I-clicker using the link Iclick:register (also at the top of the page), as soon as possible.  We are using “iclicker classic” and “my institution does not use an LMS”.  Enter your first name, last name (no nick names), and your Rutgers 9-digit student ID (not sure SSN, not your NetID). Make sure you record your I-clicker code printed on a tag on the lower rear of the clicker because the number can wear off with time.   Note that there are now two I clicker units, the iclicker1 (less expensive) that allows you to answer multiple-choice questions, and the iclicker2 (more expensive) that allows you to also give alphanumeric answers.  We will only have multiple-choice questions; therefore, either will work for this class.   See the course news page for more information.

Required:  Scientific calculator

Registration Problems

For special permission please submit requests through a form on our website at to http://physics.rutgers.edu/descr/descr-ug-program2.shtml

Analytical Physics Lab Course 229

A parallel lab course Analytical Physics 229 is offered.  The lab course will start the week of January 22, 2018.
Even though 227 and 229 are in parallel, they are administered separately.  None of the 227 instructors work in 229, so the 227 instructors cannot help you with any 229 issues.
For more information about 229, visit the website.


Lectures will be given in the Physics Lecture Hall 120 Frelinghuysen Road on Busch campus.

Tuesday 6th period and Thursday 6th period: 5:15 to 6:10 PM

You are expected to arrive on time for the beginning and stay through the end of the lecture, and you are responsible for being aware of any information given out at the lectures.

The role of lectures is to establish the concepts and basic principles of the week's material. 
The lectures will have interactive components, in which you will be asked multiple-choice questions, and you will answer by means of an I-clicker transmitter.  Correct answers to I-clicker questions count towards 4% of your course grade; the lowest 4 scores will be dropped which also takes into account missing lectures. You get 1 point for attempting a question and another point for answering correctly, for maximum of 2 points per question or 6 points per lecture (with 3 I-clickers). All who participated with I-clickers in lecture on Jan 18 will get full 6 points of credit, which will be corrected at end of the semester.  Note:  giving your I-clicker to another student to record answers is a violation of academic integrity and could result in separation of both of you from the university.

While attending every lecture is not required, you will lose credit if you do not participate in I clickers (and get correct answers).  Note that some of the topics presented in lectures (and included among the exam questions) are not available in the textbook, so please carefully follow the lecture notes that will be posted on our Web site http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/ugrad/227.  Cell phone use (talking or texting) during lecture and talking with other students (except for discussion during the I-clicker question periods) are not permitted.

In the recitations you will learn through collaborative work how to solve homework and exam problems using the concepts introduced in the preceding lectures.

Information about the course will be announced in lectures, and will be posted on the main course web page http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/ugrad/227. In addition, information will be provided by email and posted in sakai.

Recitations: Collaborative Problems and Quizzes

Your registration for this course includes an assignment to a recitation section.  Recitation sections meet once per week, starting on Friday, January 19, 2018.  Attendance in recitation every week is required.

Each week the recitation will start with a 10-minute quiz.  For the rest of the recitation you will participate in collaborative problem solving.  Make sure you arrive on time for every recitation.  If you arrive more than 5 minutes after the start of the collaborative problem you will receive a zero for both the quiz and collaborative problem, with no option for a makeup.  Your recitation grade, 22% of the final grade, will be based on your performance on the collaborative problems and the quizzes.  Each week's collaborative problem will have a maximum of 20 points (that includes pre-recitation assignment) and each quiz will have a maximum of 12 points.  For both the quizzes and collaborative problems, the lowest two scores will be dropped.  This should cover any absences; no makeup quiz or collaborative problem opportunities will be available.

You must attend the recitation for which you are registered.  You are not permitted to attend any other recitation meeting unless you first obtain permission from Professor Cizewski and for that one time.  


There will be computer-based homework assignments each week using Mastering Physics.  The Mastering Physics course ID for Spring 2018 is RUPHY227S2018.  Please register for Mastering Physics as described here. Currently the deadline each week is set at 11:59 PM on Thursday nights; we encourage you to complete the assignment before Thursday. No credit for late assignments; clock / computer / network problems are not accepted excuses. The homework assignments account for 10% of the final course grade. To allow for possible missed assignments, both excused and unexcused, we will drop the two lowest homework grades.  There will be no other makeups on the homework.

If you do not already have a license for Mastering Physics, you can get one bundled with a new copy of the text, or buy it separately online. See Textbook and Required Course Materials for more information.

Instructor Office Hours

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 instructor page. Often it is also possible to arrange a special session by email or phone. Do not be afraid! The instructors are there to help you!



Date and Time


Exam 1

Tuesday, February 20

5:15 to 6:10 PM

Physics Lecture Hall

Exam 2

Tuesday, April 10

5:15-6:10 PM

Physics Lecture Hall


Wednesday, May 9

4:00 to 7:00 PM

Physics Lecture Hall

Final Conflict/Makeup

request permission from Prof. Cizewski


All exams will be closed-book, no calculators or other electronic devices allowed.  All questions will be multiple choice.  For the midterms, you may bring with you a single "formula sheet", one and only one 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper (OK to use both sides) on which you may hand write any formulae or diagrams or notes or problem solutions that might be helpful to you during the exam.  Information on the sheets must be handwritten, no attachments are allowed.  For the final, you may bring THREE such "formula sheets".  The numerical values of relevant constants will be provided to you.  You should bring #2 pencils to the exams for the computer forms.

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, 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.

Makeup Exams

A makeup exam will be available for students with documented excuses for each midterm exam.  For the final exam, university policy allows a conflict final exam to be offered if the student has more than 2 exams in one day, which would include Physics 227. The makeup/conflict exam will be of equivalent difficulty and content as the regular exam.  In order to take a makeup exam, you will need a note from the Dean's Office documenting the reason for your absence and requesting Prof. Cizewski to allow you to take the makeup exam.  To request a conflict final exam, you will need to provide your entire final exam schedule. 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.

Attendance:  Recitations and exams.

Students are expected to attend all recitations, take all exams, and do all homework assignments.  However, we know many of you during the term will have small illnesses, schedule conflicts, or religious holidays that prevent perfect attendance.  To reduce the administrative burden on you and us, we drop the lowest two scores for recitation activities and homework assignments.  If you miss more than two recitations, please report your absence through the University absence reporting website to indicate the date and reason for your absence.  For extended absences, you should see your Dean of Students for assistance to help verify these circumstances, and to send us a letter, as well as to discuss options for you to make up your work in all classes. If you cannot make a regularly scheduled exam, contact Prof. Cizewski at least 10 days in advance for schedule conflicts, or as soon as possible for emergencies.



Percent of Grade


Pre- and post-tests



Mastering Physics Homework



Recitation Quiz


Recitation Collaborative Problems



Midterm Exam 1


Midterm Exam 2


Final Exam


I clicker Participation


Your recitation instructor will assign your final grade, and may take into account factors like your class participation and your improvement (or deterioration) during the term. 

We encourage you to work all of the homework assignments, attend and be prepared for I clickers in lecture, and attend recitation every week for quizzes and collaborative problem solving.  Note that the lowest 2 homework assignments and quiz and collaborative problem scores will be dropped.

Academic Integrity

Please review the Rutgers Policy on Academic Integrity for Undergraduate and Graduate Students.  As this document makes clear, cheating can take many forms, none of which are acceptable.  Note: violation of academic integrity could result in separation from the university. Violations include (but are not limited to):

·      communicating or copying the contents of a recitation’s quiz to anyone else;

·      communicating with anyone else by any means during an exam or quiz, including pre-post tests;

·      sharing your I clicker with another student or asking another student to use your I clicker to record answers;

·      asking someone else to take your exam, or taking an exam for someone other than yourself; this includes pre-post tests and surveys;

·      making use of unauthorized materials such as solutions manuals or solutions found on the web;

·      using a formula sheet for an exam other than one you made yourself, or making such a sheet for someone else;

·      using a calculator or any other electronic device during midterm and final exams in 227.

At the same time, we do encourage certain activities, such as

·      working together on homework and exam review;

·      discussing the answer to I-clicker questions;

·      studying together and critiquing each other's “formula” sheets.

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.  Do not do it!

Email to Instructors and email to you!

The instructors welcome emails from students.  Questions about the lectures, demonstrations, I clickers, web pages, homework, exams, and grades should be addressed to Prof. Cizewski at cizewski@physics.rutgers.edu.   Questions about recitations, quizzes, and office hours should be addressed to your recitation instructor.  Requests for help in mastering course material or in answering specific physics questions can be addressed to your recitation instructor or to Prof. Cizewski.

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:

·      always give a meaningful subject line that starts with 227. In today's world of junk mail, mail without a subject line is likely to be discarded unread;

·      always sign your full name to email;

·      write in clear, whole sentences with proper punctuation;

·      check your spelling, and

·      be respectful and courteous!

It is also generally a good idea to

·      start email with a greeting,  (such as "Dear Prof. Cizewski");

·      end email with a salutation (such as "Sincerely" or "Thank you for your help").

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!

You are responsible for all e-mail and sakai messages that will be sent to you via your official Rutgers e-mail account.  When you send e-mail to Physics 227 instructors, please use your Rutgers account. Other accounts, such as "hotmail", may have storage limits and often bounce email.  If you insist on using some other email address, we suggest you log in to you Rutgers account and create a forwarding e-mail.

Students with Disabilities

Rutgers University welcomes students with disabilities into all of the University's educational programs. In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, a student with a disability must contact the Office of Disability Services, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation: https://ods.rutgers.edu/students/documentation-guidelines.

If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, the Office of Disability Services will provide you with a Letter of Accommodations. Share this letter with Professor Cizewski cizewski@physics.rutgers.edu to discuss accommodations as early in your course as possible.

To begin this process, please complete the Registration form on the ODS web site at: https://ods.rutgers.edu/students/registration-form .

Professor Jolie A. Cizewski cizewski@physics.rutgers.edu

Last modified: April 2, 2018.