Physics 231C Announcements

January 13, 2012

Dear Students,

 

Many of you have started your homework and I hope the rest of you will start soon. We now have TA's in the Physics Learning Center in BPS 1248. Their current hours are:

 

Mon.: 9 AM to 9 PM

Tues.: 9 - 10 AM, 3 - 9 PM

Wed.: 12 to 9 PM

Thu.: 9 - 10 AM, 3 - 8 PM

Fri.: 4 to 6 PM

 

These hours are also posted on the course web site at:

http://www.nscl.msu.edu/~lynch/physics231_s12/wsdindex.htm

 

Some of you have recently enrolled in this class. If you are one of them, please read the course web set via the link above, which contains the syllabus for the course. Our first homework is due on Wednesday January 18th at 11:50 pm. It must be done on LONCAPA. For your further information, I also append below my first email sent out on Tuesday, which contains important information for our class.

 

Best Regards,

Bill Lynch

 

 

Dear Students

 

Welcome to the Spring 2012 session of PHY 231C.

 

You are receiving this message because you are enrolled in PHY 231C section 730 or section 731.

 

The required text book is Rex & Wolfson: Essential College Physics, Volume 1. It is sold at the MSU bookstore and at SBS on Grand River.

 

This class will use LON-CAPA. LON-CAPA is a computerized homework and exam management system developed right here at MSU. We will NOT use Angel whatsoever in this course. Since this is an online class, you are not required to purchase an I-Clicker.

 

Please visit www.loncapa.msu.edu and log in using your MSU Net ID and password. Select the "PHY 231C, Spring 2012" class. The first item on the top is the syllabus. You can also review the syllabus without logging in to Lon-Capa at http://www.nscl.msu.edu/~lynch/physics231_s12/wsdindex.htm. Read it carefully. This is the official syllabus of the class.

 

The next item is a folder containing the lectures for the course. The –Online Lectures†folder contains the lectures specifically designed for this online course; they are in the form of narrated PowerPoint presentations with example problems. A high speed internet connection (i.e. not dial-up) and a computer with the ability to view flash video are required. All of the online lectures for the course are currently available.

 

The next folder will contain the homework for the course. There are weekly homework sets that are due on Wednesdays at 11:59PM. The first homework set is due next Wednesday, January 18th at 11:59PM.

 

If you are living or traveling far from the MSU campus at the time of the exam, beyond a reasonable commuting distance, or if you are traveling with an MSU-sponsored program, you may be able to arrange a proctored off-campus exam. Arrangements must be made well in advance of the exam â€â requests made after the deadline will not be accommodated and you will have to take the exam at MSU. For arrangement details and arrangement deadlines: see the link in the exam section of the syllabus.

 

You are encouraged to come to the help room (BPS 1248) with your questions. Our Teaching Assistants will be more than happy to answer your questions. Starting next week, the help room will be open for this course on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; when the help room hours have been set, I will post them on the course syllabus: http://www.nscl.msu.edu/~lynch/physics231_s12/wsdindex.htm.

 

You should first do the assigned reading and listen to the relevant on-line lectures. You should do both and start working on your homework assignment on the weekend before your homework assignment is due. If make a decent effort to solve a problem and you are confused on how to do it, you can go to the Physics Learning Center or use the discussion board inside LON-CAPA. To do that just click on the "Post discussion" link and post your question. More likely than not, others will have the same question and unlike email, everyone can then benefit from your question and subsequent response(s). If you know the answer to somebody else's question, just post your answer and the logic that you used to get it. Figuring how to explain it will solidify your own knowledge and increase your own scores one the exams.

 

I must point out that discussion board encourages the bad habit of taking a formula from someone else's post and using it to get the answer without understanding how to obtain the answer yourself. If you make a practice of doing this, I believe that you will not be happy with your course grade. You need to understand how to solve the problems to do well in this course. Simply memorizing the solutions will not achieve that goal.

 

Good Luck

 

Bill Lynch

Cyclotron W106

(517) 908-7319

 

January 7, 2012

Welcome to the Spring 2012 session of PHY 231C.

You are receiving this message because you are enrolled in PHY 231C section 730 or section 731.

The required text book is Rex & Wolfson: Essential College Physics, Volume 1. It is sold at the MSU bookstore and at SBS on Grand River.

This class will use LON-CAPA. LON-CAPA is a computerized homework and exam management system developed right here at MSU. We will NOT use Angel whatsoever in this course. Since this is an online class, you are not required to purchase an I-Clicker.

Please visit www.loncapa.msu.edu and log in using your MSU Net ID and password. Select the "PHY 231C, Spring 2012" class. The first item on the top is the syllabus. You can also review the syllabus without logging in to Lon-Capa at http://www.nscl.msu.edu/~lynch/physics231_s12/wsdindex.htm. Read it carefully. This is the official syllabus of the class.

The next item is a folder containing the lectures for the course. The Online Lectures folder contains the lectures specifically designed for this online course; they are in the form of narrated PowerPoint presentations with example problems. A high speed internet connection (i.e. not dial-up) and a computer with the ability to view flash video are required. All of the online lectures for the course are currently available.

The next folder will contain the homework for the course. There are weekly homework sets that are due on Wednesdays at 11:59PM. The first homework set is due next Wednesday, January 18th at 11:59PM.

If you are living or traveling far from the MSU campus at the time of the exam, beyond a reasonable commuting distance, or if you are traveling with an MSU-sponsored program, you may be able to arrange a proctored off-campus exam. Arrangements must be made well in advance of the exam requests made after the deadline will not be accommodated and you will have to take the exam at MSU. For arrangement details and arrangement deadlines: see the link in the exam section of the syllabus.

You are encouraged to come to the help room (BPS 1248) with your questions. Our Teaching Assistants will be more than happy to answer your questions. Starting next week, the help room will be open for this course on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; when the help room hours have been set, I will post them on the course syllabus: http://www.nscl.msu.edu/~lynch/physics231_s12/wsdindex.htm.

You should first do the assigned reading and listen to the relevant on-line lectures. You should do both and start working on your homework assignment on the weekend before your homework assignment is due. If make a decent effort to solve a problem and you are confused on how to do it, you can go to the Physics Learning Center or use the discussion board inside LON-CAPA. To do that just click on the "Post discussion" link and post your question. More likely than not, others will have the same question and unlike email, everyone can then benefit from your question and subsequent response(s). If you know the answer to somebody else's question, just post your answer and the logic that you used to get it. Figuring how to explain it will solidify your own knowledge and increase your own scores one the exams.

I must point out that discussion board encourages the bad habit of taking a formula from someone else's post and using it to get the answer without understanding how to obtain the answer yourself. If you make a practice of doing this, I can guarantee that you will not be happy with your course grade. You need to understand how to solve the problems to do well in this course. Simply memorizing the solutions will not achieve that goal.

Good Luck

Bill Lynch
Cyclotron W106 - (517) 908-7319 lynch@nscl.msu.edu

 

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