Physics 142 - Classical Physics Honors II - Spring 2010

Lecture: MWF 11:45-12:40 in Physics P-128

Recitation: Th 2:20-3:15 in Physics P-123

Lab: Th 3:20-5:20 in Physics A-116


Course Schedule

Instructor:  Prof. V J Goldman, Physics B-137, 2-9001,
Office Hours: W 2-4pm.  Feel free to drop by at other times or make an appointment


Teaching Assistant: Jeremy Reeves, Physics C-123, 2-4079,

Office Hours: Mon 9-10:30 am or make an appointment

Lectures:  Attendance at the lecture is strongly recommended.  Every student is responsible for knowing information - both physics and course related announcements - that is provided during lectures. Students who attend lecture regularly perform better on examinations and have overall course experience better than those who do not.

Recitation-Problem solving session:  Attendance is mandatory, nearly every time there will be a 7 min quiz based on homework due that week.

Laboratory:  Most, but not every week, you will conduct a laboratory experiment.  The schedule for these labs is shown in the course schedule (above).  You must come to the lab prepared: equipped with the laboratory manual, a lab notebook which includes graph paper (such as the "Engineering and Science" notebook available in the campus bookstore), and a calculator. There are two make-up weeks during which you may perform a laboratory experiment which was missed during an excused absence.

Textbook:  Physics for Scientists & Engineers, Giancoli, 2008, Pearson Prentice Hall.

Mastering Physics:  We will use Mastering Physics, a web-based tutorial and homework system for this course.  If you purchase the textbook, access code for Mastering Physics are included in the purchase price of the textbook.  If you do not purchase the textbook, you must purchase the access code separately.  Once you have the access codes, go to:  and click on the link for Giancoli.  Then click on REGISTER, and use your access code and the course code: VJG142S10

Examinations: There will be two mid-term exams during the semester. These will occur during the normal lecture time on Wednesdays March 3 and April 14 (these dates might change).  Absences from these exams will be excused only for certified illness or emergency.  Make-up exams will be arranged only for those who are excused from the regular exams.  The final exam is on Wednesday May 12, 5:15 - 6:45 pm (1.5 hours). Information about the style of the examinations and what is to be covered on them will be provided during lectures.

Course Grade: Your grade will be assigned based mostly on numerical guideline: Letter grade = 15%MT1 + 15%MT2 + 30%Fin + 20%Lab + 10%Rec +10%HW. The laboratory portion of the course is mandatory. If a student completes fewer than 8 of the 9 labs, the student will automatically receive an I for the course.

Working together:  Students are encouraged to study in small groups, discuss the material and HW problems.  It should be perfectly clear that each person is responsible for completing and submitting the work.  It is NOT acceptable to divide the problems, when one solves problem 1 and another problem 2.  Exchange of any information between the students during an exam is unacceptable.

Americans with Disabilities Act:  If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.


Academic Integrity:  Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at