Physics 201 - College Physics

(Texas A&M University, Spring 2018)

Homepage for Sections 513-517

   Announcements (updated regularly)


  Tue+Thu 09:35-10:50am
  Room: MPHY 203
  (1st class: Tue Jan 16, last class: Thu Apr 26, no class on Mar 12-16 (spring break))

                    Recitations (MPHY 332)     Labs (MPHY 235)
  Sect. 513:     Mon 12:40-01:40pm                         01:40-03:30pm
  Sect. 514:     Mon 05:10-06:10pm                         06:10-08:00pm
  Sect. 515:     Wed 10:20-11:20am                         11:20-01:10pm
  Sect. 516:     Wed 03:00-04:00pm                         04:00-05:50pm
  Sect. 517:     Thu 04:55-05:55pm                         05:55-07:45pm

  For the full Lab Schedule, click here

  Course Instructor

    Dr. Ralf Rapp
    Office:    Cyclotron CYCL-329
    Office Hrs: Mon+Fri 10-11am, Tue 2-3pm, or by appointment
    Phone:    845-1411 (ext. 226)


   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.

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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 PHYS201 is tbd (email: tbd).
    His sessions are open to all PHY201 students, held during the following evening hours:
           tbd in tbd
    You are very much encouraged to take advantage of this additional University resource.


    Required Material

     1.)  TEXTBOOK:
           The course will be based on the book
          College Physics, 10. Edition, by Young, Adams and Chastain
with Modified Mastering Physics access through eCampus

      2.)  LAB ACCESS:
  Webassign Account

      3.)  IN CLASS iClickers:
  i>clicker2 available from the bookstore

     Scope and Learning Outcomes

  The course will cover basic concepts and applications of Newtonian Mechanics, Thermodynamics
  and Waves+Sound, corresponding to chapters 1-16 in the textbook.
  Upon completion of the course you will understand the basic laws and formulae in the above
  areas and be able to quantitatively apply them to pertinent physical situations and problems and
  solve the latter using algebraic methods.


    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 grade on the final exam.
    This DOES NOT apply to a missed midterm exam (which is counted as zero).


    The exams are closed book/no notes; you should only bring a pen and pocket calculator.
    capable of evaluating trigonometric functions (sin, cos, tan) and logarithms.
    Midterm 1: Tue, Feb 13, 7-8:30pm (room to be announced); material: chapters 1-5
    Midterm 2: Tue, Mar 06, 7-8:30pm (room to be announced); material: chapters 6-8
    Midterm 3: Tue, Apr 03, 7-8:30pm (room to be announced); material: chapters 9-11
    Midterm 4: Tue, Apr 24, 7-8:30pm (room to be announced); material: chapters 12, 14-16
    Final: Thu, May 04, 12:30-2:30pm (MPHY 203); material: chapters 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
    infon poteintial 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 Modified Mastering Physics
    account (through eCampus); the problems are dated, especially the lecture tutorials have tight due
    dates. 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 10% of your total course grade, which is a small
    amount given the required effort. However, mastering the HW problems is THE key to performing
    well on the exams which make up the major portion of the course grade.
    Recitation attendance is also mandatory; each week, a quiz will be given and graded, which will
    determine your recitation grade (which is usually high and help you with the total grade).


    Notes on Laboratory Experiments

    Lab attendance is mandatory as well. Labs follow the recitation session of your section each week
    in which an experiment is scheduled. You will conduct the Labs using the Webassign system, for
    which you need online access, see here.
    There is no printed lab manual for PHYS 201. Each lab has three parts: Prelab, Inlab, and Postlab.
    You do the Prelab individually and it is due 15 minutes before the start of recitation on the day
    the lab will be done. The Inlab is done during the lab period. It is done in groups of 2 or 3 and all
    results are entered into Webassign and graded immediately. The Postlab is done individually after
    the lab period is over and is due 30 minutes before the start of the next week's recitation.
    You are entitled to a make-up lab if you have to miss a regular one due to a University-allowable
    exuse. Similar to the recitation grade, lab grades are usually high and help you with your total
    grade (better than 70% to pass the course).


    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, importantly, 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,
   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 be both 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!