Physics 123 - Analytical Physics I
Classical Mechanics - Fall 2017

Course Information

Students are responsible for all information contained on this page!!!
Co-requisite: CALC I (01:640:151)


The website for Physics 123 is . All announcements will appear there, as well as in lecture.


A listing of the course staff, including contact information, office hours, and minilabs, is available HERE. Students of any section are welcome to attend the office hours of any instructor. HOWEVER, you must attend the workshop to which you are assigned.

  • For questions regarding the lecture material that cannot be resolved by your workshop instructor, please contact Prof. Zimmermann or Prof. Montalvo with a concise email containing "Physics 123" in the subject line.

  • 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 an email,
  • always give a meaningful subject line. Please include the course number 123. 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 and professional!

  • It is also generally a good idea to

  • start email with a greeting, (such as "Dear Prof. Zimmermann")
  • 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!
    Also, make sure you use an email address for which a reply will get to you successfully, preferably your Rutgers 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 make sure that your rutgers emails are forwarded to that account.


    REQUIRED:  Young and Freedman: "University Physics" with Mastering Physics Vol. 1, 14th Edition, Pearson/Addison Wesley.
    Make sure the book comes with the Mastering access code, otherwise you need to purchase the code separately.
    ALSO REQUIRED: an i-clicker


  • Students with i-clicker issues should send a clear and concise e-mail to Prof. Zimmermann: fmz "AT"

  • Students with homework issues that cannot be resolved by your section instructor should send a clear and concise e-mail to Prof. Montalvo: montalvo "AT"

  • For all technical issues with Pearson Mastering contact Pearson Support.

  • The courseID for Pearson Mastering is montalvo07785 (make sure to use the link(s) provided on this website)

  • Students with questions regarding Reading Quizzes should send a clear and concise e-mail to Kyle Dettman: dettman "AT"

  • When sending email, always follow the recommended guidelines.


    Lectures will be given in the Physics Lecture HallFriday Period 4 (1:40 - 3:00 PM), Period 5 (3:20 -4:40 PM), and Period 6 (5:00 - 6:20 PM)

    All three lectures presented each Friday will be equivalent. Information about the course will be announced in lecture, and will be posted on the course homepage.

    Student iClickers units will be used to collect answers to questions posted during lecture.  IClickers will be used for lecture participation score (see GRADING section below).  Purchase an iClicker unit at the Rutgers Bookstore or elsewhere.  The ten highest scores (ten lectures) will be counted toward your grade.



    With the exception of the first lecture, there will be short quizzes due before each lecture. These quizzes will be based on the reading assignments and will be made available through Sakai (Under "Tests & Quizzes") 24hrs before the first lecture period (1:40PM Fridays). These quizzes will consists on simple questions that show that you have read the relevant text sections and that you are prepared for lecture. The deadline for these quizzes will be 1:40PM on Fridays.

    Keep in mind that these ARE quizzes and as such you should only open them if you intend to complete them immediately and within the allowed time (normally 10 minutes). Like any other quiz or exam you are not allowed to see the questions if you don't intend to take the quiz.
  • If you open a quiz and then leave the session it will be auto-submitted.
  • If you are taking longer than the allowed time, the quiz will be auto-submitted.
  • Plan to take these quizzes only if you have the time to complete them in a single session!
  • Also make sure you are in a place with a reliable internet connection (these locations are not rare on campus).


    As part of this course, you will attend an 80-minute workshop section that meets once per week  in Physics and Astronomy Building, Rm. 227. Find your workshop meeting time and instructor here.

    The workshops have three parts:

    Group problem solving: Your group will work on a problem together but you will be expected individually to give a careful presentation of the solution, which will be graded individually and returned to you the next week.

    Quiz: takes 10-15 minutes and will be based on any materials previously covered during lecture.

    Minilab: This is a collaborative activity done in small groups (two to three students), that focusses on conceptual understanding of the new material and usually involves a hands-on component. Your group will be asked to answer questions, and the instructor and learning assistant will circulate around the room and discuss your answers with you. You will receive a grade as a group and it will contribute to your recitation grade.

    There also will be a "pre-lab", which is a short assignment that you are supposed to print out, answer before the workshop, and submit in the beginning of each workshop. The assignments for each workshop will be accessible in advance on the syllabus.You are expected to print them out and bring them with you to class.

    You are expected to bring the workshop handout (prelab), a notebook to work in, and a calculator to each workshop.

    WORKSHOP ABSENCES: If you have to miss a workshop due to an unavoidable conflict, you should attend another section's workshop during the same week.  HOWEVER you must obtain the permission of BOTH workshop instructors, and YOU must arrange for the grade to be transferred to your regular instructor.  There will be NO MAKE-UP OPPORTUNITIES for missed workshops outside of the week they are scheduled. No exceptions.


    All homework assignments are done on-line. You can see the schedule of homework assignments HERE.
    HOMEWORK MUST BE ENTERED BY 11:59PM (23:59 hrs) ON THE DUE DATE (USUALLY FRIDAYS). No exceptions, no grace period.

    It is strongly recommended to complete the homework shortly after your recitation, and if possible before lecture.

    In order to register for Pearson Mastering, you must log in to the website ( and choose the correct textbook (Young/Freedman University Physics 14th ed) and then register as a new user. Use your FULL NAME EXACTLY AS IN REGISTRAR'S RECORD, and where is asks for Student ID, use your 9-digit RUID. Register using the access code included with your textbook. Double check that you have correctly entered your name and student ID number. The Pearson Mastering course ID for this course is montalvo07785.


    In order to evaluate and improve our teaching methods, the department needs to access the knowledge and attitudes of our students concerning physics. For this purpose, we are asking you to take a physics knowledge test both at the beginning of the semester and towards the end, to be done in recitation. The pretest will be given in recitation the week of Sept. 6. Students in Monday recitations will be asked to take a makeup, click here for the makeup times. You will also be asked to fill out a web-based attitude form during the first week.

    If you complete both of the in-recitation tests and both of the on-line surveys, and only if you complete all four of these, you will receive two points towards your grade. How well you do on these tests will not affect your grade - indeed the instructors will not see these results, except to know that your have completed them.


    There will be two 80-minute common hour (CH) exams and one three-hour final exam in this course.  The CH exams will be conducted in several locations, and students are assigned to locations alphabetically. A label with your name on it will be pasted on one of the several versions of the exam and sent to the assigned location. If you go to the wrong location, you will not find your exam.


    Make-up Exams:  To take a make-up exam, you have to obtain PRIOR PERMISSION from Prof. Montalvo. Exam locations and dates will be announced later.  A written explanation of why you must miss the exam, with supporting written evidence such as a note from health services, or written evidence of a conflicting exam, is required.  You are advised to resolve conflicts by changing your conflicting engagement, rather than rely on the make-up exam(s) in this course.

    All exams will be multiple choice and closed-book. For each Common Hour Exam, you may bring with you a single "formula sheet": ONE 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper (OK to use both sides, but no photocopies) on which you may write any information that might be helpful to you during the exam. On the final exam you may bring two such sheets. The numerical values of relevant constants will be provided to you. You must bring a calculator to the exams (with no stored course information), as well as pencils for the computer forms. Communicating devices of any kind will not be allowed. In particular, cell phones must be turned off and placed in a bag (or similar) so that they cannot be seen by you or by anyone else. Failure to obey this rule will be considered cheating. All cheaters will be caught - and remember the NSA is monitoring all your phone calls! Consequenses of cheating and academic dishonesty are severe, ranging from failing the course to expulsion from the University. (See section on academic integrity below.) Don't do it!


    The nominal contribution of the various components of this course to your final grade is summarized in the table below.
    Course Component Weight Notes
    First Midterm 15%  
    Second Midterm 15%  
    Final Exam 30%  
    Workshop Quiz 8% two dropped*
    Group Work 8% two dropped *
    Minilabs 8% two dropped *
    Lecture Participation 6% three dropped *
    Reading Quizzes 4% two dropped *
    Homework 6% Online (best 12/13)
    Surveys 2% Must do all four

    Factors such as class participation in workshops contribute towards your final grade.

    * Assignments dropped are to account for religious holidays, illness, or any other excusable absences. These WILL NOT be dropped in addition to an excusable absence.


    HOW TO STUDY FOR THIS COURSE: From experience we know that, in order to be successful in this class, consistent weekly effort is required on your part.  You need to "socialize" the material, to turn it around in your own mind, to get acquainted with it in several ways. Try also to study with friends. Through discussions with others, you will understand the material in a deeper way. Do not hesitate to contact your instructors, but do this as early as possible. Most things we can help you with, if we know about them early, but there is often little we can do if you wait until a few days before the common hour exams or the final. Above all, solve the assigned exercises, and when you have done all those, do some more!

    You are strongly encouraged to form your own informal study groups. The best way is to form a group of 3-4 people and get together at a regular time once a week to thrash out your difficulties with homework exercises, reading, etc. It should be clearly understood, however, that the submitted homework should be, in the end, done by yourself. It is also the best preparation for the exams.

    ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: The Math and Science Learning Centers (MSLC) ( on Busch and on Douglass and the various campus computer hubs have computer workstations that can access WWW. Students who need help in our course are strongly encouraged to see our recitation instructors. Their office hours are listed in the Instructors link in our course web page. In addition, free tutoring may be available form Rutgers University Learning Centers. For more details, consult the MSLC web page, or visit the MSLC (Busch Campus, ARC building, 3rd floor) in person.

    E-MAILING INSTRUCTORS:  E-mailing is often the most efficient and effective means of communication in the course. Always follow the guidelines provided above.

    • e-mail your workshop instructor first.  She or he is your first point of contact with the course personnel
    • use:  "Physics 123:" followed by your subject in the subject line so that the e-mails are easy to sort (we will do the same). 

    We will make a good faith effort to reply on the same day to e-mails received by 5 PM. Replies to e-mails received after 5 PM may not come until the following day.

    We will communicate with you exclusively through your Rutgers e-mail account. Failure on your part to check that account is not an acceptable excuse.

    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 iClicker 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 other than the instructor by any means during an exam or quiz,
    • making use of unauthorized materials such as solutions manuals or published solutions from prior years,
    • logging on to Pearson Mastering as someone else, or having someone else log in as you.

    However, we do encourage certain activities, such as:

    • working together on homework and exam review,
    • studying together and critiquing each other's formula sheets.
    SPECIAL PERMISSION NUMBERS: Students who would like to change sections should request a special permission number. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: If you have a disability, you are urged to speak to Professor Zimmermann early in the semester to make the necessary arrangements to support a successful learning experience. Also, you must arrange for Professor Zimmermann to receive a letter from your College's Disabilities Coordinator verifying that you have a disability. Please follow this link which contains more information for students with disabilities.