Physics 201  -  College Physics

(Texas A&M University, Spring 2006)

Homepage  for Sections 513-516

   Announcements (updated regularly)



    Tue+Thu  11:10am-12:25pm
    Room:  Heldenfels 107
     (1st class:  Tue Jan 17,   last class:  Thu Apr 27,
       no classes/Lab/Rec on Mon-Fri, Mar 13-17 due to spring break)

                       Recitations (HELD-121)    LABS(HELD-220)                   
    Sect. 513:  Wed,        12:40-01:30 pm                     01:40-03:30pm
    Sect. 514:  Fri,            08:00-08:50 am                    09:00-10:50am
    Sect. 515:  Thu,          02:20-03:10pm                    03:20-05:10pm
    Sect. 516:  Fri,            10:20-11:10am                    11:20-01:10pm

                                         For the Lab Schedule,  click  here

   Course Instructor

    Dr. Ralf Rapp
    Office        : Cyclotron (Building 434)  Room 211
    Office-Hrs : Tue 2-3pm, Wed 3-4pm, Thu 10-10:45am, or by appointment
    Phone       : 845-1411 (ext. 226), home: 268-3164
    E-mail       :

   Teaching Assistants

      all TA's listed below are either simultaneously responsible for Recitation and Lab
     in the respective sections, or listed separately. For questions on the Lab, Lab-reports
     or homework/quizzes outside the standard Lab and Recitation times, please schedule
     an appointment via email.

      Sect. 513
       Jose Valadez
      Office  : tba
      Office Hour: by appointment

      Sect. 514
       Kristopher Byboth
      Office  : tba
Office Hour: by appointment

      Sect. 515
        Maryna Anatska
       Office : tba
Office Hour: by appointment

      Sect. 516
       Maryna Anatska
       Office  : tba
       E-mail :
Office Hour: by appointment


      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
     TBA.  His 50-minute sessions are open to all PHY201 students, held
     during the following evening hours:

        -- NOT  AVAILBALE  IN  SPRING 2006 --
     You are very much encouraged to take advantage of this additional University

   Personal Tutoring by International Graduate Student

   The 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 names and email addresses of the GANT is:
      Yong Hee Cho       (Kocharovsky at MWF 12:40-1:30pm),   
   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 hrs
   per week, Monday through Friday during daytime (i.e., before 8pm) in Held 211.
   To schedule an appointment, contact any of the above  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 1-17 in the textbook.

    Course Grade

    The total course grade is decomposed as follows:

      If the grade on the final is significantly better than on one of the intermediate exams,
     the final grade will be used to replace that ONE intermediate exam grade (note that
     this rule effectively makes the final exam worth up to 45%).
     This DOES NOT apply to a missed intermediate exam (which are counted as zero).


   The exams are closed book, and are held in the classroom (HELD107) 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 review sessions 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  .

   Intermediate I:     Tue Feb 14, in class (Held 107,  11:10am-12:25pm),
                                     material covered: Chap 1-5
   Intermediate II:   Tue Mar 21, in class (Held 107,  11:10-12:25pm),
                                     material covered: Chap 6-10
   Intermediate III: Tue Apr 18, in class (Held 107,  11:10am-12:25pm),
                                     material covered: Chap 11-15
   FINAL:   Fri May 05 (Held 107, 03:00-05:00pm)
                       material covered corresponds to the entire semester

    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

    For the weekly assignment of homework problems drawn from the textbook, cf. the
    main Syllabus  here.
    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 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 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 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 Room 126 of the Koldus Building or
      call 845-1637; foe more info see also
       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!