Physics 201  -  College Physics

(Texas A&M University, Fall 2011)

Homepage for Sections 531-535

   Announcements (updated regularly)



    Mon+Wed+Fri 03:00-03:50pm
    Room:  MPHY 203
    (1st class:  Mon Aug 29,  last class:  Mon Dec 5,  no class on Nov 24-25 (Thanksgiving Holiday))

                       Recitations (MPHY-332)   LABS (MPHY237/235)                 
    Sect. 531:  Thu,          09:35-10:25am                   10:35am-12:25pm  (237)
    Sect. 532:  Thu,          11:10am-12:00noon           12:10-02:00pm      (235)
    Sect. 533:  Thu,          12:45-01:35pm                   01:45-03:35pm      (237)
    Sect. 534:  Thu,          02:20-03:10pm                   03:20-05:10pm      (235)
    Sect. 535:  Thu,          06:55-07:45pm                   07:55-09:45am      (235)

                                         For the full Lab Schedule,  click  here

   Course Instructor

    Dr. Ralf Rapp
    Office        : Cyclotron (Building 434)  Room 211,  Mitchell Physics MPHY-313
    Office-Hrs : Mon 4-5pm, Tue 10-11am, Fri 10am-11am, or by appointment
                       NOTE: regular office hours are held in MPHY-313, otherwise CYCL-211

    Phone       : 845-1411 (ext. 226)
    E-mail       :

   Teaching Assistants

      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.

      Sect. 531
       Thathagata Ghosh
      Office  : tba

      Sect. 532
       Hua Zheng
      Office  : tba

      Sect. 533
        Pankaj Jha
       Office : tba

      Sect. 534
        Charles Ballmann
      Office  : tba

      Sect. 535
        Hector Perez
       Office : tba


      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
Luis Dlouhy
     (email: His 60-minute sessions are open to all PHY201
     students,  held during the following evening hours:

       Mon 7-8pm (HELD 118), Wed 7-8pm (BLOC 106), Sun 3-4pm (BLOC 107).
     You are very much encouraged to take advantage of this additional University resource.
       For updates and current info, click here.  


    Required Material

     1.)  TEXTBOOK:
           The course will be based on the book
          College Physics, 9. Edition, by Hugh D. Young

      2.)  LAB MANUAL:
             Physics 201 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:

      If the grade on the final exam is better than on one of the midterm exams, that ONE midterm-exam
     grade will be replaced by the average of that midterm and the final
     This DOES NOT apply to a missed midterm exam (which is counted as zero).


   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: Fri Sep 23 in class (MPHY 203, 3-3:50pm),
                                     material covered: Chap 1-5
   Midterm 2: Fri Oct 14 in class (MPHY 203, 3-3:50pm)
                                     material covered: Chap 6-8
   Midterm 3: Fri Nov 04 in class (MPHY 203, 3-3:50pm),
                                     material covered: Chap 9-11
   Midterm 4: Fri Dec 02 in class (MPHY 203, 3-3:50pm),

                                     material covered: Chap 12-16
   FINAL:   Wed Dec 14  (MPHY 203, 08:00-10:00am)
                  material covered corresponds to the entire semester (Chap 1-16)

    Notes on Lectures

    Attendance 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
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

      Lab 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 7% of your total course grade (better than 70% is mandatory 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
       an exam.

       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
       Any type of cheating (copying homework, lab reports,  during exams, etc.) is
       strictly prohibited and seriously penalized.

    ADA  Statement

       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
       Department of Student Life, SSD, will review your concerns and determine,
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!