Physics 201 - College Physics
(Texas A&M University, Fall 2003)
Addendum to Syllabus for Sects. 525-530
Announcements (updated regularly)
Room: Heldenfels 200
(1st class: Tue Sept 02, last class: Tue Dec 09
Thanksgiving Holiday: Thu+Fri Nov 27+28 )
Room: Heldenfels 121
Heldenfels 219 or 220
Sect. 525: Mon, 5:10 -6:05 pm 6:10-8:00pm (219)
Sect. 526: Mon, 10:20-11:15am 11:20am-1:10pm (219)
Sect. 527: Wed, 5:10-6:05pm 6:10-8:00pm (219)
Sect. 528: Wed, 11:30am-12:25pm 12:30-2:20pm (220)
Sect. 529: Wed, 4:10-5:05pm 5:10-7:00pm (220)
Sect. 530: Fri, 8:00-8:55am 9:00-10:50am (219)
Lab Schedule, see http://faculty.physics.tamu.edu/ford/lab.html
Dr. Ralf Rapp
Office : Cyclotron (Building 434) Room 211
Office-Hrs: Mon 11am-12noon, Wed 2-3pm, Thu 10-11am
Phone : 845-1411 (ext. 226), home: 268-3164
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
all TA's listed below are
simultaneously responsible for Recitation and Lab
in the respective sections. For questions on the Lab, Lab-reports or homework/
quizzes outside the standard Lab and Recitation times, please schedule an
appointment via email.
Office : Doherty 212
Office : Engineering-Physics (ENPH) 437
Office : ENPH 412
Office :ENPH 423
Office : ENPH 423
Office : ENPH B05 (basement)
Supplemental Instruction (Group Sessions)
The University provides free
Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions to further
improve your study options. The name of the SI leader assigned to PHY201 is
Domenic. His 50-minute sessions are open to all PHY201 students, and have
already started. They are held in BLOC 105 during the following evening hours:
second set of sessions, conducted by Matt, is provided at the following
Sun HECC 204 7:00-7:50pm
Tue BLOC 111 6:00-6:50pm
Thu BLOC 150 6:00-6:50pm
You are very much encouraged
to take advantage of this additional University
Personal Tutoring by International Graduate Students
department provides another learning resource by offering personal
tutoring sessions with an international physics graduate student (GANT). For our
PHYS 201 course, the names and email addresses of the GANT's are:
Yunfeng Li (Dr. Paulus at TR 12:45), email: email@example.com
Feng Xie (Dr. Ford at MWF 10:20), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Juntao Chang (Dr. Rapp at TR 5:30), email: email@example.com
Each GANT will attend the lectures indicated in the parentheses, and solve the
complete homework assignments. Therefore, they will be well-prepared to help
you with any class-material related question. Be aware that these GANTs are
not native english speakers, but they are eager to improve in this respect, also by
the tutoring. They are available for individual appointments with you for up to 9 hours
per week, Monday through Friday during daytime (i.e., before 8pm) in Heldenfels 211.
To schedule an appointment, contact any of the above 3 GANTs at least one day
(preferably somewhat more) in advance by email.
Again, you are very much encouraged to make use of this opportunity. I recommend
that you try out the tutoring soon to see whether it could improve your PHYS 201 skills.
Make sure not to miss out on something useful!
The course will be based on the book
Physics , 6. Edition, by Cutnell and Johnson
PHY201 Lab Manual (published by Hayden-McNeil)
Student Solutions Manual; Student Study Guide
The course will cover the basic concepts
and applications of Newtonian Mechanics,
Thermodynamics and Waves+Sound, corresponding to chapters 1-16 in the textbook.
The total course grade is decomposed as follows:
The exams are closed
book; you should only bring a pen and pocket calculator.
formula sheets will be provided. Special review sessions held by the course
instructor in ENPH-202 on an evening typically 2-3 days before each exam,
see announcements on top of page.
For files of old exams, see http://faculty.physics.tamu.edu/ford/p201.html .
Intermediate I: Tue, Sep 23, in class (Held 200, 5:30-6:45pm),
material covered: Chap 1-4
Intermediate II: Tue, Oct 14, in class (Held 200, 5:30-6:45pm),
material covered: Chap 5-7
Intermediate III: Tue, Nov 04, in class (Held 200, 5:30-6:45pm),
material covered: Chap 8-11
Intermediate IV: Tue, Nov 25, in class (Held 200, 5:30-6:45pm),
material covered: Chap 12-15
FINAL: Wed, Dec 17 (Held 200, 3:30-5:30pm)
material covered corresponds to the entire semester
Notes on Lectures
in the lectures , as well as taking notes of the material presented, is
strongly encouraged. Furthermore, you are responsible for all announcements made
in class (including information on review sessions, etc.).
The material discussed in the lectures, together with the homework problems,
esssentially defines the scope of the exams. Formula sheets to be used in the exams
are handed out in the lectures at the time the material is started to be discussed
(this will allow you to get acquainted with the notation well ahead of the exam).
Notes on Homework and Recitation
For the weekly assignment of homework
problems drawn from the texbook, cf. the
main Syllabus or see http://faculty.physics.tamu.edu/ford/syllabus.html .
Cooperative work and discussions are encouraged, but every one of you should
generate his/her individual solution set. Questions can be addressed to your course
or recitation instructor, who will be happy to help you (preferably during office hours).
Recitation attendance is mandatory; each week, a quiz will be given and graded, which
will determine your recitation grade (the semester-average on your quizzes makes up
5% of your total course grade).
Notes on Laboratory Experiments
Lab attendance is
It follows the recitation session of your section each
week in which an experiment is scheduled.
Your Lab-instructor (who is usually the same person as the recitation instructor)
will advice you on when (typically no more than one week after the experiment)
and where to hand in the Lab reports which are based on the data you take.
In the weeks before each exam, there are no formal Labs scheduled, but this extra
time will be used by the recitation instructor to provide additional exam preparation
The Lab schedule and information on policies on missed labs can be found at
It is strongly recommended that you keep up with the material of the course
by attending the lectures (besides the recitation and Lab) and thoroughly work
through the weekly homework problems (which, in addition, is the best preparation
for the recitation quizzes). Otherwise, pile-up of not understood material is likely to
lead to a failing grade.
It is impossible to get a passing grade without serious work in this course.
Any type of cheating (copying homework , lab reports, during exams, etc.) is
strictly prohibited and seriously penalized.
If you have a physical, psychiatric, medical or learning disability that may impact
on your ability to carry out assigned course work, you may want to contact the
staff in the Office of Support Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) in the
Department of Student Life. SSD will review your concerns and determine, with
you, what accomodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and
documentation concerning disability is kept confidential. For more information
on this, see http://studentlife.tamu.edu/ssd/ , or call (979) 845-3111
all the above regulations and rules (which are needed for a fair assessment
of your grades), we hope that you will enjoy this course, and that you will achieve
knowledge that will both be helpful in your further career and provide deeper
insights into daily-life encounters with physics!
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your course/
recitation instructors who shall be glad to help you!