Physics 201 - College Physics
(Texas A&M University, Spring 2014)
Homepage for Sections 501-505
Announcements (updated regularly)
Exam preparation review for exam-4 on Wed, Apr 23, 5:30-7pm in MPHY205
The Help Desk is in MPHY 135, usually open Mon-Thu 9am-4pm and Fri 9am-1pm
Find the formula sheets for each exam here
For exams in previous semesters, click here
For info on how to do the online HW "Mastering Physics", click here
For supplementary information (including answers to even-numbered HW problems), see http://faculty.physics.tamu.edu/ford/p201.html
Room: MPHY 203
(1st class: Mon Jan 23, last class: Tue Apr 29, no class on Jan 20 (MLK) and Apr 18 (Good Fri))
(MPHY 332) LABS
Sect. 501: Wed, 08:00-09:00am 09:00-10:50am
Sect. 502: Wed, 03:00-04:00pm 04:00-05:50pm
Sect. 503: Thu, 08:00-09:00am 09:00-10:50am
Sect. 504: Thu, 11:10-12:10pm 12:10-02:00pm
Sect. 505: Thu, 02:20-03:20pm 03:20-05:10pm
For the full Lab Schedule, click here
Dr. Ralf Rapp
Office : Cyclotron CYCL-335, Mitchell Physics MPHY-313
Office-Hrs : Mon+Tue+Fri 10-11am (MPHY-313), or by appointment (CYCL-335)
Phone : CYCL-335: 845-1411 (ext. 226), MPHY-313: 458-5567
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
all TA's listed below
are responsible for Recitation and Lab in the
For questions on the Lab, Lab-reports or homework/quizzes outside the standard Lab and
Recitation times, please schedule an appointment via email.
Office : MPHY-401
Office : MPHY-480
Office : MPHY-480
Office : MPHY-401
Office : MPHY-480
Supplemental Instruction (Group Sessions)
The University may provide free
Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions to further improve
your study options. The name of the SI leader assigned to PHY201 is TBA
(email: TBA). His/Her sessions are open to all PHY201students, held during the following evening hours:
You are very much encouraged to take advantage of this additional University resource.
Stay tuned for updates.
The course will be based on the book
College Physics, 9. Edition, by Hugh D. Young, with Mastering Physics Access
Student Solutions Manual; Student Study Guide
Scope and Learning Outcomes
The course will cover the basic
concepts and applications of Newtonian Mechanics,
and Waves+Sound, corresponding to chapters 1-16 in the textbook.
Upon completion of the course you will understand the basic concepts, laws and formulae in the above
areas and be able to quantitatively apply them to corresponding physical situations and problems and
solve the latter using algebraic methods.
The total course grade is decomposed as follows:
Final Exam (comprehensive) : 20%
4 Midterm Exams : 14% each
Laboratory Experiments : 8%
Recitation (weekly quizzes) : 6%
Online HW (Mastering Physics): 10%
If the grade on the
final exam is better than on one of the midterm exams, that
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).
exams are closed book, and are held in the classroom (MPHY 203)
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: Mon Feb 10 in class (MPHY 203, 12:40-01:30pm),
material covered: Chap 1-5
Midterm 2: Mon Mar 03 in class (MPHY 203, 12:40-01:30pm),
material covered: Chap 6-8
Midterm 3: Mon Mar 31 in class (MPHY 203, 12:40-01:30pm),
material covered: Chap 9-11
Midterm 4: Fri Apr 25 in class (MPHY 203, 12:40-01:30pm),
material covered: Chap 12+14-16
FINAL: Mon May 05 (MPHY 203, 10:30am-12:30pm)
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,
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 10% 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 6% of your
total course grade.
Notes on Laboratory Experiments
Lab attendance is
follows 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. It includes a pre-lab assignment, lab experiment
and post-lab analysis.
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) the Lab reports are due.
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
You are entited to one make-up lab if you have have to miss a regular one due to a
The semester average on your Lab-report grades makes up 8% of your total course grade
(better than 80% on the Lab grade is mandatory to pass the course).
pass the course, you will have to keep up with the material of the
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
Aggie does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do.
Also see http://aggiehonor.tamu.edu/
Any type of cheating (copying homework, lab reports, during exams, etc.) is
strictly prohibited and seriously penalized.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal
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.
all the above regulations and rules (which are needed for a fair
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!