Lectures: There are two 80 minute lectures per week. Take careful notes in each lecture. After each lecture rewrite your notes in a separate lecture notebook using additional material from the textbook. Most students do not commonly use this technique, but we think that it is the best way to benefit from lectures. This notebook should contain a careful presentation of each lecture, making sure that you have understood all the material discussed.

Laboratory: The laboratory meets for 3 hours once a week. It will begin with a quiz of 3 questions. Students who come late do not get extra time to complete the quiz. Each quiz will be worth 3 points (1 point per question). All quizzes will be handed back the following week during your lab period. The quizzes will be the primary source of feedback concerning your problem solving ability in this course and are a substantial part of your final grade. You are strongly urged to be well prepared for these quizzes.

The remaining time will be spent working on a quantitative laboratory. The topic of the laboratory will be the same as the topic of the previous week's lectures. You will work in small groups. Each student will present her or his own write-up towards the end of the laboratory session. These write-ups will be checked by the instructor (but not collected). In the handout you will find a number of questions related to the laboratory material. Toward the end of the lab period your instructor will visit your group, ask to see your write-ups and discuss the questions with the members of your group. Each member will be asked a few questions, and will be graded according to her or his performance in the lab in general. The quiz grade and the Lab grade will be combined in one grade out of 5 points (The average Quiz-Lab grade weights 15% of  your final grade)

Group Problem Solving: Students will meet once a week on Mondays for an 80-minute problem solving session. During this meeting, students will work in groups of 3 under the supervision of an instructor. This instructor will serve as a facilitator for students so as to encourage quality problem solving and critical thinking skills in physics. Each session, the instructor will provide groups with three (3) worksheets where students will be required to demonstrate their algebraic process in problem solving. In order to obtain the next worksheet, groups will be expected that their work includes a step-by-step solution to the previous problem.

Towards the last 10-15 minutes of each group problem session, there will also be a short quiz that students will complete individually and will be based on the topics covered in that day’s meeting. The total grade for this activity each week is 5 points. The average Group Problem grade weights 15% of your final grade.

Online Quizzes: There will be one online quiz assignment almost every week. These assignments must be submitted electronically through the web. Online quizzes will be available for download on Friday and are due the following Thursday before 11:55pm. After the due time the answer key will be turned on and the submission will be turned off. Under no circumstances will a delayed online quiz be accepted. You can login and print out your online quiz as many times as you want, but you will only be allowed to make 4 attempts to submit the assignment. The grade for the questions solved correctly in the first attempt will be worth 100%, those solved in the second attempt worth 75%, those solved in the third attempt worth 50%, and those solved in the fourth (and final) attempt worth 25% (The average online quiz grade weights 10% of your final grade).

Exams: Each midterm exam will consist of 15 multiple choice questions on the material related to the indicated chapters. The final exam will consist of 30 multiple-choice questions. There is no penalty for a wrong answer. It is therefore important that you give an answer to every question even if you have to make an educated guess. A formula sheet will be provided for each exam. The formula sheet may be posted on the web for consultation. If you need help consult your TA, the course administrator, or the Lecturer. Bring a scientific calculator to each exam, and make sure that any needed battery is fresh.

Make-ups: It is very important that you attend every class meeting and lecture. You must attend the section in which you are registered. If you miss a graded activity (laboratory, quiz, etc.) because of illness or other reasons, you must make it up the same week in a different section. To participate in a different section you need permission from the course administrator.

Academic Integrity

While you are encouraged to form collaborative learning and study groups with fellow students in this class, you are always expected to hand in your own work in this course. Responses to online assignments and exam questions must be exclusively your own work. In addition, sharing private course material (such as lecture slides, videos, assignments, etc.) on social media websites such as Facebook, etc. is considered a violation of academic integrity, as defined by the Rutgers Office of Student Conduct. Any violations of these rules will be personally dealt with by the Professor and may lead to University disciplinary action. It is in the best interest of the students and the morale of the class to follow these rules and not to tolerate any departure from them by others. Any instances of academic dishonesty that takes place in this course must be reported to the Professor immediately.

Recommendation Letters

The Lecturer will assist the top 10 students in the class with admission to medical schools, graduate schools, etc... by providing recommendation letters. The rest of the students may contact their TAs to find out more about their policy of providing recommendation letters.

The students who qualify for a recommendation must provide the following items:

  • The appropriate application forms properly filled out.
  • A personal statement.
  • A college transcript.
  • A resume.


For those of you who plan to take the MCAT exams, Extended General Physics (201 and 202) will prepare you for the physics component of the exam.


This course is primarily for science, health profession, and science teaching majors. Since access to these professions requires a good physics background, the course is structured to help students who can benefit from our personal attention and innovative instructional methods. In order for all of us to succeed, there must be an understanding that both you and we have an obligation to the program. We expect you to attend all classes and to participate, to do the assignments on time, read lab materials ahead of time, etc.

This course is a cooperative enterprise. In the workshops and laboratories you work in groups. You and your classmates depend on everyone arriving at each meeting promptly. If you find that your schedule or the course system prevents you from arriving on time, or staying to the end, please take the course in another year when there are no conflicts.

We would like to emphasize the importance of good manners to create a positive and supportive learning environment in the lectures. The lectures will begin and end on time. Coming late or leaving early is rude and disruptive. If you find that on a particular day you must leave early, please speak to the lecturer before class. If you must chew gum do it with your mouth closed and without noise. We will not use the last four rows in the lecture hall.

Our responsibility is to provide you with the best possible learning experience. Please feel free to discuss any aspect of the course with the Lecturer or his colleagues. The instructors welcome your comments and suggestions about content and organization at any time.


  • I recommend that you read each chapter before we get to it in class. This will enable you to ask meaningful questions and to recognize difficult concepts. 
  • Immediately after each class, study the lecture material and try to grasp the concepts. Familiarize yourself with the step-by-step worked out problems given in class. Then, try to solve these problems by yourself, without looking at your notes.
  • During the week-end of the same week review the lecture material once again to reinforce the understanding of the concepts. Once you feel comfortable with the material try to solve the homework assignment associated with the material.
  • It is very useful if you can memorize the basic formulae that get used often.
  • Read the introduction of the lab write-ups prior to come to class and decide what material you need to review to answer the questions at the end of each of the write-ups.
  •  Make use of the resources at the textbook's website. The site contains numerous ways of exploring the material and of testing yourself.
  • Use the lecture, recitation, and lab to your advantage. Stop the instructor if there is a step that you didn't understand - (s)he is there to help you where your difficulties are. Of course, this works best if you come prepared with specific questions and/or sample problems.


  • Try to get ready for each exam at least one week in advance. Go over all the write-ups including Lecture notes, Group Problems, Homework Problems, Labs, and Online Quizzes. This is more efficient than cramming for one night (not only will you be tired, you will also forget everything quickly again).
  • Previous exams with solutions may be available three or four days before each exam. You should never study from the previous exams. You do the previous exams just to evaluate yourself. If you did a problem incorrectly, try to review the concept then do the problem again on your own. Do similar problems from the text to reinforce the concept.
  • Try to use the exam formula sheet frequently to familiarize yourself with it.
  • Remember, exams will only cover the material discussed in class. Exam questions are most likely found somewhere in your notes.