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Physics 227, Fall 2017


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

Make-up Exams
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, then 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.


Required: A 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 montalvo44851.   If you purchased both volumes 1 and 2 of 14th Edition last year when you were in Analytical Physics I, you should have no trouble getting access this semester. 


Required: Iclicker transmitter You will participate interactively throughout the lecture with the Iclicker.  This participation counts as an extra credit towards your course grade.  Please register your Iclicker using the link Iclick:register (also at the top of the page), as soon as possible.  Please note that there are now two iclicker units, the iclicker1 that seems to sell for about $35 and allows you to answer multiple choice questions, and the iclicker2 that seems to sell for about $45-50 and allows you to also give alphanumeric answers.  We will only have multiple choice questions, and either will work for this class.

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.  Even though 227 and 229 are in parallel, they are administered separately.  None of the 227 instructors work in 229, so the 227 faculty cannot help you with any 229 issues.
For more information about 229, visit the website.



Lectures will be given in the Physics Lecture Hall (correctly labeled on map).

Monday-1 Thursday-1, 10:35am - 11:30am
Monday-2 Thursday-2, 12:15pm - 1:10pm

The two Monday lectures are equivalent, as are the two Thursday lectures. As long as there is adequate room, you may attend either Monday lecture, and either Thursday lecture, regardless of which you are officially registered for, but this will change if the room becomes overcrowded.  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 Iclicker transmitter.  Correct answers to iclicker questions will give you extra credit towards your course grade.

Attendance at lectures is not required.  However, 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 which will be posted on our Web site http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/ugrad/227fall.  Cell phone use (talking or texting) during lecture and talking with other students (except for discussion during the iclicker question period) 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/227fall. In addition, information will be provided by email when appropriate.


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 Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Each week in recitation you will be participating in collaborative problem solving and a short quiz based on material covered will be given.  Your recitation grade, 20% 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 12 points and each quiz will have a maximum of 12 points.  For both the quizzes and collaborative problems the lowest two scores (of 13) will be discarded.  This should cover any excused absences, so there will be no makeup quizzes or collaborative problems.

You must attend the recitation for which you are registered.  You are not permitted to attend any other recitation meeting unless you obtain permission first from Professor Montalvo.  However, this must not become habitual without officially registering for the alternate section. 


There will be computer-based homework assignments each week using Mastering Physics.  The Mastering Physics course ID for Fall 2017 is  montalvo44851.  Please register for Mastering Physics as described here. Currently the deadline each week is set at 11:59 PM on Monday nights, though we encourage you to complete the assignment before Monday.  Solutions are posted shortly after the homework is due, so late assignments are not given any credit, and clock / computer / network problems are not accepted excuses.  Certainly you should have looked at the problems before your recitation section, so you understand concepts and are prepared to solve problems and take quizzes.

If you don't already have a license for Mastering Physics, you can get one bundled with a new copy of the text, or buy it separately online.  For more information see the homework link.  These weekly homeworks account for 10% of the final course grade.  There will be 12 weekly assignments.  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.

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 instructors page.  If it is not possible for you to attend that office hour, or you just want additional help, you may attend the office hour of any other instructor.  Often it is also possible to arrange a special session by email or phone. Don't be afraid! The instructors are there to help you!




Date and Time


Family name starts with


Thursday October 5
Time: 9:50-11:10PM




Thursday November 16
Time: 9:50-11:10 PM




TBA Time: 4:00-7:00 PM






By prior arrangement with
Prof. Montalvo

The table gives times and locations for the two 80-minute common hour (CH) examinations and the three-hour final examination in this course.  The CH exams will be conducted in many locations, and students are assigned to locations alphabetically according to family name.  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.

All exams will be closed-book, no calculators or other electronic devices allowed.  The questions will all 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 write any formulae or diagrams or notes or problem solutions that might be helpful to you during the exam.  Information on the sheets may be handwritten and/or duplicated and/or printed, but 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.

Conflicts and Makeup Exams


If you have a class schedule conflict with the regular exam, send a message to Prof. Montalvo at least one week prior to the exam and include your official class schedule so that a makeup can be scheduled. If you are sick on the day of the exam, contact Prof. Montalvo that day. Generally everyone needing to take a conflict or makeup exam is expected to take it at the same time.




Percent of Grade


Pre- and post-tests   



Mastering Physics Homework



Recitation Quiz


Recitation Collaborative Problems



Common Hour Exam 1


Common Hour Exam 2


Final Exam


Iclicker Participation (extra credit)



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.  Active participation in lecture can also positively contribute to your grade.

You do not need to do all homeworks, quizzes, or iclickers to receive full credit for the class (100% is the top score without iclicker extra credit).  You are automatically excused from 2 of the 12 Mastering Physics homeworks and 2 of the 13 recitation activities.  To obtain permission to change a recitation section if you need to miss one, please contact Professor Montalvo with the section(s) you would like to attend.  Permission in advance is required because many sections have no available seats. 

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):

  • communicating or copying the contents of a recitations 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,
  • 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 other electronic devices during common hours and final exams in 227.

However, we do encourage certain activities, such as

  • working together on homework and exam review,
  • discussing the answer to iclicker questions,
  • studying together and critiquing each other's “formulae” 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.  Don't do it!

Email to Instructors and email to you!


The instructors welcome emails from students.  Questions about the lectures, the demonstrations, the clickers and the web pages should be addressed to the course lecturers Prof. Gershenson at gersh@physics.rutgers.edu and Prof. Podzorov at podzorov@physics.rutgers.edu .  Questions about the homework, the exams, and grades should be addressed to the course administrator Prof. Montalvo at rm1255@physics.rutgers.edu.  Questions about recitations, quizzes, 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. Montalvo.

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 227.  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!

It is also generally a good idea to

  • start email with a greeting,  (such as "Dear Prof. Gershenson")
  • 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 log on to you 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. 

Recitations Attendance


Students are expected to attend all recitations, take all exams, and do all homework assignments.  But 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 also should see your Dean of Students for assistance to help verify these circumstances, and to send us a letter.  If you know in advance you will miss classes, you should contact us as soon as possible; it is often possible for you to attend a different recitation section.  If you cannot make a regularly scheduled exam, contact Prof. Montalvo at least 1 week in advance for schedule conflicts, or as soon as possible for emergencies.

Students with Disabilities


Please see information here.