Tamu Webassign Physics Homework


PHYSICS 218 SPRING 2018 (SECTIONS 200, 403-406)

Instructor: Dr. Tatiana Erukhimova

Instructor:Tatiana Erukhimova
MPHY 308 Office Phone: (979) 845-5644 Email Address: etanya@tamu.edu
Office Hours: MW 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment
Class Meeting times: MWF 9:10 – 10:00 a.m. MPHY 204
Recitation and Lab:

Section 200: Recitation M 11:00 am -12:20 pm in MPHY 334; lab M 12:30-1:50 pm in MPHY 220

Section 403: Recitation T 9:30-10:50 am in MPHY 334; lab T 11:00 am -12:20 pm in MPHY 220

Section 404: Recitation T 2:00-3:20 pm in MPHY 334; lab T 3:30-4:50 pm in MPHY 220

Section 405: Recitation W 2:00-3:20 pm in MPHY 334; lab W 3:30-4:50 pm in MPHY 220

Section 406: Recitation R 12:30-1:50 pm in MPHY 334; lab R 2:00-3:20 pm in MPHY 220

Learning Outcomes

Physics 218 WebAssign Instructions

Exam 1 with solutions

Chapter outline videos *

Supplemental Videos: Freshman Physics Classroom

Lecture notes links

Homework assignments

Previous tests

Help sessions schedule

Midterm exams schedule

TEDxTAMU talk, April 2016:



* Sponsored by the Flipping Your Course Faculty Institute grant

Some of the images, layout, and above links are obtained from http://www.slcc.edu/schools/hum_sci/physics/tutor/2210/index.html

Course Core Objectives

At the end of the semester a student is expected to master the following core objectives:

  • Critical Thinking: the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication.
  • Communication: to include effective development and interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills: to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork: to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal

Course overview

, Mechanics, is the first semester of a two-semester sequence in introductory physics, intended to introduce students to the basic principles of Newtonian mechanics and harmonic motion. We will cover topics in mechanics, Newton's Laws, the concepts of energy and work, conservation of energy and momentum, rotational motion, gravity, harmonic motion and waves. This corresponds to chapters 1–11 and 13–14 of the textbook. The course is taught with pre-lectures, lectures, recitations and laboratories. The pre-lectures present the core concepts prior to class and allows more time for problem-solving strategies in class as compared to traditional lectures. The recitation is meant to practice problem-solving and to sharpen your reasoning about physics in a smaller class-size setting than the main lecture (which will have close to 150 students in it). And of course the laboratory is an integral part of understanding physical processes. The material is presented at a level that requires signficant algebra and trigonometry, as well as some basic calculus.

Upon successfully completing this course, you will have come to understand the basic principles governing the motion of objects, learned to think more critically/scientifically, and developed the skills needed to attack difficult problems. These are all skills that will serve you strongly in your future courses and careers, even if you never again consider a block sliding down an incline.

Course Schedule

The weekly class schedule gives an outline of the course, but is by no means definitive; check with your professor for a more complete schedule of your specific sections. There is also a course-wide lab & schedule as well as an information page with more information (and explicitly listing the lab/recitation times and rooms for each section). Information about the format of the recitations as well as problem sets used by your recitation leader may be found here.


NameSections Lectures Syllabus E-mail
Akimov207–212MPHY 204MW4:10 pm5:25 pmpdf
Dierker501–506MPHY 204MW5:45 pm7:00 pmpdf
Lyuksyutov507–512MPHY 204TR5:30 pm6:45 pmpdf
Wu513–518MPHY 204MWF1:50 pm2:40 pmpdf
Wu519–524MPHY 205TR9:35 am10:50 ampdf
Mahapatra525–530MPHY 205TR11:10 am12:25 pmpdf
Mioduszewski531–536MPHY 205TR12:45 pm2:00 pmpdf
Royston537–542MPHY 205TR2:20 pm3:35 pmpdf
Ross543–548MPHY 205TR5:30 pm6:45 pmpdf
Ko549–554MPHY 205MW4:10 pm5:25 pmpdf
Ko555–560MPHY 205MW5:45 pm7:00 pmpdf
Mahapatra561–566MPHY 205TR8:00 am9:15 ampdf
Kocharovsky567–572MPHY 205MWF9:10 am10:00 ampdf
Kocharovsky573–578MPHY 205MWF10:20 am11:10 ampdf

Required material

The policies associated with these course components as well the criterion for excused absences may be found at http://physics218.physics.tamu.edu/policies.shtml.

Pre-requisite:MATH 151 "Engineering Mathematics I" or MATH 171 "Analytic Geometry and Calculus". You are expected to have a working knowledge of plane geometry, trigonometry, and algebra. This course is calculus-based, so some familiarity of calculus is also assumed. You may check your preparedness in math by trying these short quizzes. As the semester progresses you will also be expected to have a working knowledge of derivatives and integrals, and be proficient in the use of vectors (component decomposition, addition, subtraction, dot and cross products).
Learning Objectives:The course is based on learning objectives, which is a substantial change to the traditional manner of grading exams. It is important you become familiar with the list of objectives for this course at http://physics218.physics.tamu.edu/los.html.

University Physics, vol. 1 (Chps 1–20), 14th edition, by Young & Freedman, published by Pearson. There are a number of versions available (loose-leaf/bound; with/without eText access; with/without the technology update), but all that really matters is that you get volume 1 with access to Modified MasteringPhysics via MyLabs/Mastering. If you plan to take , you may as well get both volumes; but we'll only use volume 1. Your most cost-effective option is probably to get the loose-leaf version with Modified Mastering. Older editions are not significantly different and may be used.

MyLab&Mastering will be used to submit the homework assigments on a weekly basis. If you did not buy Modified Mastering with the textbook, you may purchase it online during the registration process. Note that MyLab & Mastering access lasts 24 months and includes the entire text (i.e. the same account can be used for both and ). If you've previously taken this course and paid for Mastering already, please see below for information on gaining access this semester without being charged again (under the "If you've previously taken the course" heading). Pearson gives a 14-day trial period before requiring you to pay for Mastering if you didn't get access by purchasing a new book. You should register for Mastering from the homework link on your eCampus PHYS218 course site. After registering, you can access your homework either through your eCampus course or directly from the Mastering/MyLab website. This hand-out will help guide you through the registration process.

All non-honours sections will use the (also known as SmartPhysics) on-line lecture system. We will not be using their book; so don't buy it! You only need online access to their site, for which you'll need to sign up with a Course Access Key provided to you by your professor. is kind enough to offer a 30-day grace period for you to try it out. This is particularly useful to those of you who end up choosing to drop the course—you won't have to pay for it. Therefore there's no rush for you to buy accesss and we suggest you wait until after the first week or two of classes to purchase it. After the 30-day grace period, your most cost-effective option is to purchase it online from directly. This handout will help guide you through the registration process. There are a few customized pre-lectures ("Math review", "Work and kinetic energy", "Dynamics of rotational motion" and "Conservation of angular momentum"), which don't show up well in flipItPhysics; though you need to view those on flipItPhysics for credit, higher resolution copies are maintained at http://physics218.physics.tamu.edu/custom-prelectures.shtml.

You do not need to purchase a printed lab manual as in previous semesters; instead we are adopting a new online lab manual with write-ups turned in via the website. To enroll, sign up using your TAMU NetID login and password at our customized login page: webassign.net/tamu/login.html. offers a two-week grace period for you to try it out before requiring you to purchase accesss. So we again suggest you do not rush to buy an access card; wait until you're sure you won't drop the course before spending your money. Before the end of the two-week grace period, your most cost-effective option for purchasing it will be online from directly. This quick start guide will help guide you through the registration process and contains useful information such as system requirements and customer support. You must complete the Lab Safety Acknowledgement form before being allowed to enter the lab rooms.

If you don't already have one for other classes, you will need to purchase an for in-class participation during the lectures. REEF polling using a smartphone app may or may not be enabled for your class; your instructor will let you know. If you bought a new book, it may have come with a discount coupon for the . We will not be using the alphanumeric capabilities of the , so the older model for just multiple-choice responses is completely acceptable. To register your , follow these simple steps.
If you've previously taken the courseIf you are re-taking , consider the following:
  • If you first activated your Mastering access code less than 24 months ago, you do not have to buy it again. However, Modified Mastering is not the same as MasteringPhysics, so you need to send information to Pearson so your access can be transferred. Specifically, send an email to this address with the following information:
    1. your MasteringPhysics username,
    2. the email you used to sign up with,
    3. the semester you activated your account, and
    4. how you purchased your access to MasteringPhysics (access code with a new book from the MSC bookstore, access code with a new book from somewhere else, or on-line registration).
  • If your average grade over all the labs taken from a previous semester was ≥90%, then you can transfer your lab grade without having to re-do the labs (or sign up for WebAssign again). Note that you do still have to attend the weekly recitations, do the weekly homework, view the flipIt pre-lectures, and participate in class with clickers (these scores cannot be transferred). To request your lab grade be transferred, ask for and fill out a form available at the Physics front office on the first floor of MPHY. All request forms must be submitted by the end of the 2nd week of classes to be considered.
  • If you scored less than 90% on the labs or took it earlier than Spring 2016, you need to re-do the labs. WebAssign access is only valid for one semester, so you will have to get a new access code for this semester.
  • Access to flipItPhysics is only valid for one semester, so you will have to get a new access code for this semester.
Math prep:Although not "required," we highly recommend that you check your math skills by taking these simple quizzes. If you're not prepared enough in math and don't find them simple, then you will be at an immediate disadvantage in this course; it is far too easy to fall behind in this fast-paced class, even if you're already strong in math.

Course Evaluation

Exams75% (all sections)There are three common midterms on the evenings of , , and . In addition, we will be having a common comprehensive exam covering all of the material in the course on the before classes end, . All exams start at 7:30pm. Exams are graded in terms of learning objectives. The complete list of learning objectives that a student is expected to master at the end of the semester is posted at physics218.physics.tamu.edu/los.html. In the end, the final exam grade will be based on the fraction of learning objectives achieved.
Laboratory9% (all sections)There are seven laboratories submitted using . See the general schedule here, or the Department-wide flyer for schedules by section. Be sure to fill out the LSA before attending the labs!
Online homework4% (all sections)Submitted and graded using MyLab & Mastering through the link on your eCampus page for PHYS218.
Recitations4% (all sections)The grade for recitations is based on participation. See this page for more information. We strongly suggest you be an active learner and actively participate in the discussions of these smaller class-sized recitations. Note that recitations meet weekly before the lab (even when no lab is scheduled), and that if you transferred your lab grade, you are still expected to attend all recitations.
Pre-lectures and checkpoint quizzes4% (non-honours only) (Not applicable to the honours sections) (formerly smartPhysics) pre-lecture videos to introduce concepts followed by checkpoint questions to assess how well you grasped the core physics concepts.
s4% (non-honours only) (Not applicable to the honours sections) A personal response system used for in-class participation and/or quizzes.
Honours assignments8% (honours only) Only applicable to sections 201–203. The instructor will provide details in class. These assignments are in lieu of the pre-lecture (flipIt Physics) and participation () components of the regular sections.

Resources available to you

Course strategies:A link to (Dr. Melconian's) advice you may find useful …?
Office hours:Hopefully all of you feel comfortable taking advantage of your professor's office hours if you have any questions.
Supplemental Instruction:The University will be providing free weekly supplemental instruction led by students who recently completed (and did well in!) . Quoting a pamphlet about this program:
Specific information about the SI program this semester:
Recitations:Your Undergrad Teaching Fellows (UTFs) should be an invaluable resource for you! Go to recitations armed with questions (just like you should come to the lectures!) and get the UTFs to help clear up any misconceptions or difficulties you may have. Another person explaining another way (and also who was very recently in your shoes) may resonate better with you; this is, after all, the whole point of the recitations.
The Help Desk:The Physics Help Desk is located in MPHY 103 in the the foyer of the first floor. Starting the second week of the term, it is open from 9am to 4pm Mon through Thurs, and 9am to noon on Fridays. The Help Desk is staffed by physics graduate students knowledgeable in mechanics who can help if you are stuck solving the homework or on a particular concept. No appointment is necessary. Honestly, I have heard mixed reviews on the usefulness of the Help Desk, but if you need help it is another free resource available to you.

Further information

Math readiness:link to some simple quizzes to test how prepared you are in math.
Formula sheets:link to the formula sheets that will be provided to you for each midterm and the comprehensive exam.
Previous exams:link to the midterms and finals from PHYS 218 last year (with answer keys). Note that we are again adopting a common midterm exam policy: all sections of will write the same midterms at the same time; your professor is only one of a number of faculty that will be contributing problems to the midterms.
Academic calendar:link to the Registrar's academic calendar. Includes important dates, holidays and deadlines. Note that all sections of PHYS 218 will be writing a comprehensive exam this semester the evening of (7:30–9:30 pm). Therefore we will not be having a final exam during finals week.
eCampus:Texas A&M's centralized learning management system, powered by Blackboard Learn.

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