Physics 124

Analytical Physics I-B, Spring 2017


There will be no makeup opportunities for missed homework, workshop, or quiz grades. The two lowest quiz, two lowest homeworks, and two lowest workshop scores will be dropped. This is to allow for illness, conflicts, religious holidays etc. You cannot attend another workshop because no seats are available. If you have more than two consecutive absences because of extended illness, you will need a letter from your Dean requesting that you be excused and this letter should be forwarded to the course administrator, Prof. Cizewski.

Grade point values for different parts of the class are as follows:

  • Common Hour Exam I: 15%
  • Common Hour Exam II: 15%
  • Final Exam: 30%
  • Quizzes: 14%
  • Workshops: 15%
  • Homework Assignments: 10%
  • Online survey and test at end of semester: 1%
  • correct iClicker answers during lectures can add up to 2% of extra credit to the final grade

The gradebook (link above) will allow you to track your grades through the semester.


All information regarding exams--including scheduling, location, and content--can be found on the exams page.


Two equivalent lectures will be given in the Physics Lecture Hall on Fridays, one at 1:40PM and one at 3:20PM. We expect that you attend the lecture period to which you are assigned.   This is necessary to avoid overcrowding. Information about the course will be announced in lectures and will be posted on the course web page.

As part of the preparation for lecture, students are required to do the assigned reading from Young and Freedman before attending the corresponding lecture. Aside from helping better understand the material, this will be invaluable for getting the iClicker questions correct, which count towards extra credit on the final grade.

The reading requirements, lecture notes (posted after the lecture is given), content summary, and other materials can be found on the schedule page.

Workshops and Quizzes

Your registration for this course includes an assignment to an 80-minute workshop section that meets once a week starting on January 19. A short quiz will be administered in each workshop. It will be based on the iClicker concepts from the previous Friday lecture and the previous Monday's homework. The quiz will be graded by your workshop instructor and returned at the next workshop meeting. All formulae that you need for the quiz will be provided; otherwise the quiz is closed book and notes.

A combined minilab and collaborative problem will be performed during the workshop. The purpose of the minilab is to give you some familiarity with a relevant physics concept from the week's material. The minilab uses simple equipment and is not intended to teach laboratory techniques. You will work in groups and hand in a workshop worksheet before you leave. The worksheet will be graded, and it is important that you do not miss a workshop. Bring a calculator to your workshop session!

Additional information about the workshop and quiz topics as well as the prelab handouts can be found on the schedule page.

Textbooks and Homework

The required textbook is Young and Freedman: University Physics, Volume I, 14th edition, Pearson Addison Wesley, ISBN-10: 0321982584/ ISBN-13: 9780321982582.

Homework is submitted through an on-line system, Mastering Physics. In order to register for Mastering Physics, you must log in to the website and choose the correct textbook (Young/Freedman University Physics 14e) and then register as a new user. Use your Rutgers email name and register using the access code included with your textbook. The course ID for this is RUPHY124S2017..

Generally speaking, you will have one assignment due Monday night at 11:59PM, however this is not always the case. The schedule indicates when each assignment is due. Your work on the problems and your grade are recorded online by Mastering Physics web site automatically. To find the actual problems in the assignment, you must log on to Mastering Physics, and click on "assignment list" in the left hand column. The assignments are available at least one week before being due. Note that it is impossible to get credit for the homework assignment after the deadline has passed. There are no makeups; the lowest two homeworks will be dropped.

It is very important that you work all of the homework and bring questions about them to the workshop. You are encouraged to rework homework problems for practice. The weekly quizzes will have a component similar to homework problems.

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Registration, Disabilities, and Other Concerns

For special permission please submit requests through a form on our website. Students with other registration questions or problems should consult Ms. Katherine Lam in Serin Lab, Room 201W or write an e-mail letter to her.

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Emails and Communication

The instructors welcome emails from students. Questions about the lectures, the demonstrations, the clickers and the web pages should be addressed to the course lecturer Prof. Chou. Questions about the homework, the exams, and grades should be addressed to the course administrator Prof. Cizewski. Questions about workshops, quizzes, office hours should be addressed to your workshop 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 sign your full name to email,
  • always give a meaningful subject line. Please include the course number 124. In today's world of junk mail, mail without a subject line is likely to be discarded unread.
  • write in clear, whole sentences with proper punctuation, check your spelling, and be courteous!

Also, make sure you use an email address for which a reply will get to you successfully, preferably your Rutgers email account. We will definitely be emailing you vital information to the email that is listed on the roster, as the course progresses. Other accounts, such as "hotmail", may have storage limits and often bounce email. If you insist on using some other email address, please log on to your Rutgers account and create a file in your login directory called


(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.

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. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • using an iClickers unit not your own on behalf of someone else, or asking someone to do so,
  • communicating or copying the contents of a recitation quiz to anyone else,
  • communicating with anyone else by any means during an exam or quiz,
  • making use of unauthorized materials such as solutions manuals or published solutions from prior years except those posted in the links to this course web site,
  • logging on to Mastering Physics as someone else, or having someone else log in as you.

However, we do encourage working together on homework and exam reviews, as well as 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 have only a deleterious effect on your own performance in classes and in the world at large.


Lecturer: Prof. John Paul Chou
Course Administrator:
Prof. Jolie Cizewski

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