Info Elements of Physics 161 (Fall 2017)

Web Site:  You must regularly check our physics 161 course home page.  Important announcements about homework, laboratory/workshop, exams, etc. will be posted there.

Required Text and Manuals:

1.  Required Textbook (either ebook or printed version or both): Serway and Vuille, College Physics, edition 11; and online Homework for this textbook by WebAssign

Textbook for Physics 161 (Elements of Physics), fall 2017, Lecturer: Wim Kloet.

TEXT: 'College Physics' by Serway and Vuille, edition 11, combined with online Homework by WebAssign.
1a.) Option 1a.
Students may directly purchase online from WebAssign:: Access to WebAssign (for Serway, ed 11), which includes the ebook. A disadvantage of this option is that you will not get a printed version. Also access to the ebook is only for the duration of the course.
(You should only proceed with this online purchase after we have set up the Online Homework class by the end of August 2017).
1b.) Option 1b.
Students may instead purchase directly from the RU bookstore a loose leaf bundle of the Serway textbook together with a WebAssign access code (which includes also the ebook).

Note: Single access to WebAssign for Serway, ed. 11, is not available. It always includes the ebook.

2.  Our Online Homework class will be ready to go by the end of August 2017. Even if you have not yet purchased anything, your name on the Rutgers Physics 161 roster guarantees you Homework access for the first week of class.

3.  Laboratory Manuals for each lab-session, to be printed by student. (First weeks of lab will soon be available on this web site as pdf formatted files. The others will follow.)

4. Iclickers:
All students need an iclicker. If you don't have one already, they can be purchased at the university bookstore (note the brand name is iClicker - no other clicker will work in this course). Either iClicker+, or iClicker 2 devices will work, but not the "iClicker Go" mobile app. You can use an iClicker in more than one class. You cannot share the same iClicker with another student.

You should register your iclicker at .
Two questions appear: 1) Which class software = Iclicker Classic. 2) Which Learning Management System (LMS) = We do not use LMS.
Enter your first name, last name (NO nick names, NO abbreviations) and your Rutgers 9 digit student ID.
If asked for email address, enter only your Rutgers e-mail address (NO g-mail, hotmail, ... adresses).
Enter your clicker id printed on the tag on the clicker.
Type the verification code on the screen.
You will see an on-screen message confirming that your registration was successful.

 Lecturer and administrator:

Professor Wim Kloet
 office: W211 Serin Physics Laboratory,  phone:
 Office hour: Thursday, 12:00noon - 1:30 pm, SRN-W211.

Tutoring :
 Professor William DeBuvitz
 tutoring session: SRN-232 (workshop room),
 time: Friday 10:00am-12:00noon

Teaching Assistants:
Adam Broussard     office: ARC-218    office hour: Thursday 9:00am-10:00am in SRN-232    

Siddhartha Saha   phone 928-265-0069   office: ARC-239      office hour: Thursday 10:00am-11:00am in SRN-232 (same as lab room)     

Unab Javed   phone: 443-630-1521   office: ARC-XXX    office hour: Thursday 11:00am-12:00pm in SRN-232    

Parmesh Pasnoori   phone: 571-294-8163   office: SRN-289    office hour: Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm in SRN-232    

Aditya Ballal   phone: 848-391-8933   office: ARC-XXX    office hour: Wednesday 5:20pm-6:20pm in SRN-232    

Lecture: (bring your iClicker) 
Two 80-minute lectures per week on Tuesday and Thursday 6th period (5:00-6:20 pm) in the Physics Lecture Hall. The textbook gives a systematic presentation of the course material.
You are required before coming to class to peruse the material for that class as announced by the syllabus.
  In the lecture, important concepts and their interrelationships will be emphasized.  Applications and problems relevant to the concepts will be discussed.
Demonstrations will be shown to illustrate the physical effects under discussion.

The ICLICKER will be used to answer questions during the lecture.

Laboratory/Workshop: (3 hours)
All sections meet in room Serin Physics W232.
 section   time                                 instructor
 07         Mo   6:40pm-9:40pm       Broussard
 01         Tu   8:40am-11:40am       Kloet
 02         Tu   12:00pm-3:00pm       Pasnoori
 08         Tu   6:40pm-9:40pm       Saha
 03         We   8:40am-11:40am       Saha
 04         We   12:00pm-3:00pm       Broussard
 09         We   6:40pm-9:40pm       Ballal
 06         Th   12:00pm-3:00pm       Javed

Laboratory/Workshop: The 3-hour period includes problems, quizzes and laboratory and is an important part of the course.  It will consist of activities intended to solidify your understanding of the concepts and to prepare you for the problem-solving required for homework and exams.  The exams may include questions based directly on the laboratory/workshop.   Activities will include discussion of homework, a quiz, performing of an experiment and writing a report. You will work in groups of two; it is important that you and your partner work together and both fully participate in the activities.  If graphs have to be made, each student prepares his/her own graphs and labels them as such. Then include them in your personal lab report. In preparing your lab report, discussion with your group partner is important; however your responses must be in your own words and not copied from someone else. Being able to convey your scientific results and conclusions in a clearly written report will be a crucial asset in any area of your future career. Identical answers clearly coming from members of another group will not be given credit.

You will need to obtain printouts from Lab/Workshop (pdf format) (before coming to the lab) of
(1) Lab Manual of this week's Experiment
(2) blank Lab Report (to have data sheets to record your data and hand in at the end of the lab session.) 

Laboratory Manuals:
Before coming to the lab session, you will need to read introduction and instructions in the laboratory manual of the scheduled experiment. Beware that paper copies will NOT be available in the lab. 

Online Homework: listing of assigned problems.
An Internet-based homework delivery system, called WebAssign, will be used for homework assignments. 
To actually see your personal version you have to go online and sign on onto
WebAssign Student Login.
For details about how to use this system click here.
For example, to utilize WebAssign you will need to enter your username, institution and password in a particular way.
Students will submit their answers to a set of back-of-the-chapter homework problems each week using WebAssign. Upon submission WebAssign will immediately grade your answer.  You will be permitted to submit your answers a total of five (5) times with only the last submission counting, but you must adhere to the strict deadline. 

In each problem set a few problems are included for extra practice. They are indicated in WebA by (0) meaning that they do not count towards your score.

It is permissible and indeed desirable for you to discuss the problems with your classmates and get/give help if one of you is having difficulty.   You must be sure that you understand the basic concepts behind each problem.  It has happened that several students who had a perfect WebAssign score still failed the course.

There will be two 80-minute-exams during the semester and a final 3-hour-exam.  For exam schedule see Grading and Examinations.
The materials covered in the exams are shown in the syllabus.
The three-hour final exam is comprehensive but emphasizes the material after the second exam.
Read Grading and Examinations for further information.