To contact us, see our information below. For your reference throughout we also have an equation summary sheet.
& Heat 
[13,14] Heat transfer & Kinetic Theory QUIZ
in Wed recitation slot: Fluids: statics [11:1-6]
||midterm recap in lab time
Vibrations  QUIZ
||Simple Harmonic Motion|
|Waves and Sound 
| Interacting Waves 
in Wed recitation slot: Reflection of light 
||midterm recap in lab
Lenses & Optical Instruments 
(but you must notify Dr. Ferrone by email if you want 3/24)
March 19 or
3:30-5:30, both exams
Stuff you need:
• John Cutnell & Kenneth Johnson Physics, 10/e, Wiley, 2015
MANUAL (Our write-ups are all
• Sapling License. You can get a year access for $60, or a quarter for $40. You absolutely need Sapling. If you have Sapling related problems later, the link tells you how to address them.
• Basic calculator ( nothing fancy) for all QUIZes and exams--but not for reading quizzes or lab quizzes. Smart phone calculators are not allowed, nor any calculator that is internet capable.
Prof. Frank Ferrone, Disque 922, 895-2778, email@example.com
Office hours: Wednesday 9-11 or by appointment
hours Wednesday 3-5 pm
Joseph Tumulty firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice hours Wednesday 1:30-3:30
Thursday 1:30-3:30 pm.
letter grades at the end of the course are
curved, however 55% is passing. For those who do pass, we give,
very roughly, equal numbers of As, Bs and Cs. We do use +
and – as well.
What if I have to miss a class where there is graded material?
The grading concept is this:
30% of your grade is related
to your effort, 70% to your understanding. Effort is
measured in 4 things:
2. Homework 10%
have 3 bonus-point on line
problems (Sapling): due Tuesday, Thursday, and
Friday. Like learning a language, frequent repetition is
helpful. That's why they are posted only one day
ahead: we want you to practice this
skill daily if possible. If you can't get to it, of course,
remember it is
extra credit, not mandatory. Get all three right (Sapling
grade =5 for each), and it translates into 3 bonus points in our
scoring system. (like a perfect homework
Note that you NEVER have to hand in any "Pre-Lab" material, no matter what the write up says.
10% (we will
have 2, so 5% each)
30% (15% each) These are
given in the lecture
period that week.
What if I fail a midterm?
save all your returned,
graded papers. If there is any doubt at the end of the course, it
is valuable that you show what papers you got back. We have
LOT of graded material, so occasional errors happen copying
grades. You don't want to say "I got 86 on the first midterm, not
and have no way to prove it.
We follow the University
guidelines. If you are caught,
your grade in that test becomes zero (and in Midterms, no
reset option.) Depending on the degree of premeditation we
observe, you may also have your course grade set to an F and no option
withdrawal. This course has an elaborate safety
be stupid and
cheat. We will catch
To register go to:
You can also purchase access through the bookstore.
The ISBN for the multi-term Sapling physics is 9781319079901
However, it may cost you more than $60 due to the bookstore's own markup for handling the transaction.
HELP! Any issues during sign up, or throughout the term can be addressed by phone or by webform via the Student Support Community. https://community.macmillan.com/docs/DOC-6915-students-still-need-help
Once you have registered and enrolled, you can log in at any time to complete or review your homework assignments.
Missing Grades: The main rule is that we do not make up missed material, since we have such an extensive data base of your performance. Here are some specifics:
Homework: We NEVER accept late homework. You can always hand it in early if you have to be away. If you have some emergency, we will discount that assignment --and your HW grade (10%) is then based on all the other homeowork.
Quiz: Same as
Homework. No makeups, ever.
Reading Quiz for Lecture-- Same
Labs: NO MAKE UP LABS. A valid excuse will be needed; your other labs therefore count more.
Midterms: Again, we do not do makeup midterms. If you miss one, AND HAVE A VALID EXCUSE, then the other carries the weight for your entire midterm grade.
OK, we'll work
option if you have an iron-clad excuse. Leaving early for the term
break is NOT one of those excuses.
Midterm Reset Any student may apply for a ONE TIME midterm grade reset to 55, the passing grade. This may not be used on both exams, just one.
To get reset to 55 points on a given midterm, all incorrect multiple choice questions must be explained fully, in writing, and submitted before the next exam (Midterm 2, or Final).
A student gets 35 points on a midterm. She got 20 points in
free response, and 15 points in multiple choice--that is, 3 right out
questions. She then needs to explain the other 12 MC questions,
get the extra 20 points. If she messes up 4 of those 12
questions, she then gets only 20 x 8/12 = 13 extra points, or a partial
this is now a one time option, you may not want to squander it if you
got, say, a 53 on the first Midterm.