Physics 201 - College Physics
(Texas A&M University, Fall 2010)
Homepage for Sections 526-530
Room: MPHY 203
(1st class: Tue Aug 31, last class: Tue Dec 7, no class on Nov 25-26 (Thanksgiving Holiday))
Sect. 526: Wed, 01:50-02:40pm 02:50-04:40pm (237)
Sect. 527: Wed, 03:00-03:50pm 04:00-05:50pm (235)
Sect. 528: Wed, 04:10-05:00pm 05:10-07:00pm (237)
Sect. 529: Wed, 05:10-06:00pm 06:10-08:00pm (235)
Sect. 530: Thu, 08:00-08:50am 09:00-10:50am (235)
For the full Lab Schedule, click here
Dr. Ralf Rapp
Office : Cyclotron (Building 434) Room 211
Office-Hrs : Mon 2-3pm, Wed 11am-12noon, Thu 3-4pm, or by appointment
Phone : 845-1411 (ext. 226)
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
all TA's listed
below are 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.
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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 Justin Flagg
(email: email@example.com). His 60-minute sessions are open to all PHY201
students, held during the following evening hours:
Sun 4-5pm, Tue 7-8pm and Thu 7-8pm in HRBB-204.
You are very much encouraged to take advantage of this additional University resource.
Personal Tutoring by International Graduate Student
physics department provides another learning resource by offering free personal
tutoring sessions with an international physics graduate student (GANT).
For our PHYS 201 course, the name and email address of the GANT is:
TBA , TBA
The GANT will attend the lectures indicated in the parentheses, and solve the complete
homework assignments. Therefore, he will be well prepared to help you with any
class-material related question. Be aware that the GANT is not a native English
speaker, but he is eager to improve in this respect, also by the tutoring. He is
available for individual appointments with you for up to 9 hrs per week, Mon through
Fri during daytime (i.e., before 8pm) in MPHY 135.
To schedule an appointment, contact the above GANT 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
College Physics, 8. Edition, by Young and Geller
2.) LAB MANUAL:
Physics 201 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, and are held in the classroom (MPHY 203) during standard
lecture times (except for the Final); you should only bring a pen and pocket calculator,
capable of evaluating trigonometric functions (sin, cos, tan) and logarithms.
Formula sheets will be provided. Special preparatory review sessions will usually be held by
the course instructor on an evening ca. 2-3 days before each exam, see announcements on top
of page. For files of old exams, see here or here .
Midterm 1: Thu Sep 23 in class (MPHY 203, 11:10am-12:25pm),
material covered: Chap 1-5
Midterm 2: Thu Oct 14 in class (MPHY 203, 11:10am-12:25pm)
material covered: Chap 6-8
Midterm 3: Thu Nov 04 in class (MPHY 203, 11:10am-12:25pm),
material covered: Chap 9-11
Midterm 4: Thu Dec 02 in class (MPHY 203, 11:10am-12:25pm),
material covered: Chap 12-16
FINAL: Fri Dec 10 (MPHY 203, 3:00-5:00pm)
material covered corresponds to the entire semester (Chap 1-16)
Notes on Lectures
in the lectures, as well as taking notes of the material presented, is mandatory.
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, essentially
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
The weekly assignment of
homework problems can be found on your Mastering Physics
account; the problems are dated. 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).
The semester average on your online HW makes up 5% of your total course grade.
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
attendance is mandatory. It follows
the recitation session of your section each week
in which an experiment is scheduled. The semester average on your Lab-report grades
makes up 10% of your total course grade (better than 70% is mandadtory to pass the course).
Your Lab-instructor (who is usually the same person as the recitation instructor) will advise
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 certain weeks there are no formal Labs scheduled, but this extra time will be used by the
recitation instructor to provide additional exam preparation or discussion of the solutions after
Information on policies on missed labs can be found at
To pass the course, you will have to keep up with the material of the
course by attending
the lectures (besides the recitation and Lab) and thoroughly work through the weekly HW
problems (which, in addition, is the best preparation for exams and 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 hard work in this course.
AGGIE Honor Code
An Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.
Also see http://www.tamu.edu/aggiehonor
Any type of cheating (copying homework, lab reports, during exams, etc.) is
strictly prohibited and seriously penalized.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination
statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with
disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students
with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for
reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a
disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Department of
Student Life, Services for Students with Disabilities, in Cain Hall, Room
B118 or call 845-1637; for more info see also http://disability.tamu.edu/
Department of Student Life, SSD, will review your concerns and determine,
with you, what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All
information and documentation concerning disability is kept confidential.
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!