Physics 124

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Math 152 (01:640:152) -- i.e., Calculus II

Web Site

The web site for Physics 124 is All announcements will appear there as well as in a lecture.


(in spring 2014) Required: Young and Freedman: "University Physics", Volume I, 13th edition, Pearson/AddisonWesley, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-73338-2, ISBN-10: 0-321-73338-X.

Registration Problems

Students with registration questions or problems should consult Ms. Lam in Physics and Astronomy Building, Room 201W, or call her at (732) 445-2511, or write an e-mail letter to klam (at) physics (dot) rutgers (dot) edu.  To request special permission for closed classes, go to:

Lectures and iClickers

Two equivalent lectures will be given in the Physics Lecture Hall,

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.

ICLICKERS: Student iClicker units will be used to collect answers to questions posed during lecture. Each student needs to purchase an iClickers unit at Rutgers Bookstore - if you have one from last term you should be able to reuse it. You must register your iClicker before the first lecture. To do so, once you have your iClicker unit, please follow the instructions on the course website at the iClickers web page

Workshops, Quizzes, Minilabs

Your registration for this course includes an assignment to an 80-minute workshop section that meets once a week (on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday in Serin Physics Building room 227 or as posted at the Western entrance to Serin Physics Building, nearest Allison Road.

Workshops will generally consist of:

QUIZZES: A short quiz based on the lecture materials on Friday just prior to the workshop week and on similar questions as those assigned that are due on Thursday during the week of workshop will be administered in each workshop. The quiz will be graded by your workshop instructor and returned at the next workshop meeting. The quiz will take 10-15 mins and occur after the homework discussion and before the minilab. Each quiz will be worth 10 points maximum.

MINILABS: Most weeks (see schedule ) a minilab will be done during part of the session. 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. The handout for each minilab is provided in the schedule. You are urged to study the minilab before coming to the workshop. You will work in groups and hand in a group lab report before you leave. The report will be graded, and it is important that you do not miss a minilab. Bring a calculator to your workshop session!  The minilab report will be worth a maximum of 5 points.

ABSENCES: There will be no makeup opportunities for missed minilab and quiz grades, but the two lowest quiz and two lowest minilab scores will be dropped.  This is to allow for illness, conflicts, religious holidays etc. If you have more than two absences, all for verifiable good reasons, you may attend another workshop section during the same week with the permission of the course administrator. You must tell your regular instructor and ask for the grade to be transferred to him or her.


Homework is submitted through an on-line system, Mastering Physics.

You will generally have one assignment due Thursday night, every week.  Your work on the problems and your grade are recorded online by Mastering Physics web site automatically.

The schedule shows the assignments. The homework problems may be used as a basis for lecture iClicker questions, workshop quizzes, or exam questions, so you should try to understand them. To find the actual problems (P) in the assignment, you must log on to Mastering Physics, and click on "assignment list" in the left hand column. Tutorial problems generally found at the beginning of the assignment may be helpful in completing the assignment. The regular problems in the assignment generally are based on the problems in your textbook, but have numerical values for the various variables that are different from the corresponding problem in the text; these numbers vary from student to student. The assignments are generally available for at least one week before being due as shown in the homework schedule. Note that it is impossible to work on the homework assignment after the deadline has passed; homework solutions are posted to the class schedule page shortly after the dealine. There is no makeup.

It is very important that you WORK ALL THE HOMEWORK and bring questions about them to the workshop. You are strongly encouraged to participate in the discussion of problems and ask questions about aspects that you have not completely mastered. The weekly quizzes are often very similar to homework problems.

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Other Information

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.  Reading the material and thinking it makes sense is easy, assimilating it so that you really understand it and can apply it is difficult. It helps to think about it, to see it several different ways, to discuss it with your classmates, and to try to explain to them how you understand it. Try 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 final. Study example solved problems / old test problems, and then see if you can do similar problems by yourself. Use only a cheat sheet to help you, like on the exam. Use the end of chapter material as a guide to your cheat sheet. The exam problems generally have to be shorter and simpler than the homework problems, so once you can do the homework and old exams by yourself, you should do well on the exam.

DISCUSSIONS WITH YOUR FRIENDS: 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 problems, reading, etc. It should be clearly understood, however, that the submitted homework should be, in the end, done by yourself. You will know you are well prepared for the exams if you can do problems by yourself.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: Each week we will post homework solutions on the course schedule, shortly after the homework is due. As a result, there is no makeup for homework that is not completed on time. The Math and Science Learning Center (MSLC) on Busch and on Douglass and the various campus computer hubs have computer workstations with internet access. Students who need help in our course are strongly encouraged to see our recitation instructors. In addition, free tutoring is available from Rutgers University Learning Centers. For more details, consult the MSLC webpage, or visit the MSLC (Busch Campus, ARC building, 3rd floor) in person.


The table below gives times for the two common hour (CH) examinations and the three-hour final examination 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 appropriate location. If you go to the wrong location, you will not find your exam. The times for the make up exams will be announced later.


Date and Time


Monday, February 24, 2014
Time: 10:00 PM - 11:20 PM
Room: TBA


Monday, April 7, 2014
Time: 10:00 PM - 11:20 PM
Room: TBA


Time: TBA
Room: TBD

Make Up Exams

To be determined

All exams will be multiple choice and closed-book. For each Common Hour Exam, you may bring with you a single HANDWRITTEN  "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 formula or note that might be helpful to you during the exam. On the final exam you may bring two sheets. The numerical values of relevant constants will be provided to you. The hourly exams are expected to have 15 questions; the final is expected to have 30 questions. You should certainly bring a calculator to the exams (with no stored course information), as well as pencils for the computer forms. Communication 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 can not be seen by you or by anyone else. Failure to obey this rule will be considered as cheating.

To help you in studying for exams, this Physics 124 web site contains practice exams, with solutions, for each of the CH and final exams.  In addition, you can consult any of the course instructors either during their office hours or by appointment or by email.

Grade Computation (Spring 2014)

Item Weight Notes
Common Hour Exam I 15%  
Common Hour Exam II 15%  
Final Exam 30%  
Workshop Quizzes 10% 13 quizzes, two lowest scores dropped
Workshop Labs 10% 9 labs, two lowest scores dropped
home work
20% Mastering Physics, 12 assignments, one lowest score will be dropped
icliker (extra credit)
for correct answers to iclicker questions during lectures

For ``weekly'' assignments, your two lowest grades will be dropped in working out the final class grades. This policy is intended to account for illness, religious holidays, and approved conflicting activities. If you expect to miss more than two assignments due to such conflicts, please contact your recitation instructor as soon as possible.

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):

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 have only a deleterious effect on your own performance in classes and in the world at large. Don't do it!

Last updated July, 2015