Physics 201  -  College Physics

(Texas A&M University, Fall 2003)

Addendum to Syllabus for Sects. 525-530

   Announcements (updated regularly)



    Tue+Thu  5:30-6:45pm
    Room:  Heldenfels 200
     (1st class:  Tue Sept 02,   last class:  Tue Dec 09
        Thanksgiving Holiday: Thu+Fri Nov 27+28 )

                              Recitations                   LABS

                      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)

     For the Lab Schedule, see

   Course Instructor

    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        :

   Teaching Assistants

      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.

      Sect. 525
      Hangil Lee
      Office  : Doherty 212

      Sect. 526
      Der Jong
      Office  : Engineering-Physics (ENPH) 437

       Sect. 527
       Haidong Liu
       Office  : ENPH 412

        Sect. 528
        Lei Wang
        Office  :ENPH 423

         Sect. 529
         Feng Zhu
         Office  : ENPH 423

         Sect. 530
         John Noel
         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:
     Tue 8:00-8:50pm
    Thu 9:00-9:50pm
    Sun 8:00-8:50pm

    A second set of sessions, conducted by Matt, is provided at the following locations
      and times
    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

    The physics 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:
   Feng Xie (Dr. Ford at MWF 10:20),   email:
   Juntao Chang (Dr. Rapp at TR 5:30), email:
   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!

    Required Material

     1.)  TEXTBOOK:
             The course will be based on the book
               Physics , 6. Edition, by Cutnell and Johnson

      2.)  LAB MANUAL:
           PHY201 Lab Manual  (published by Hayden-McNeil)

      3.) optional:
           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.

    Course Grade

    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  .

   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

    Attendance 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    .
    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 mandatory. 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 .

      Other Notes

       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 , or call (979) 845-3111

       Despite 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!