PHYS 101 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Announcements archive for Spring 2023

2/23/2024

Week 7 (2/26-3/1)

If you are struggling with burnout or have fallen behind in the course in some way, please consider reaching out to the Student Assistance Center to get connected with resources to help you take care of yourself and get back on track. You may also consider looking at the mental health resources link. It may be helpful to look at resources for studying and test taking from DGS and DRES.

If you are encountering difficulties with the math in this course, we encourage you to utilize online resources and office hours for assistance. This OpenStax chapter on right triangles is useful for reviewing when to use sine, cosine, and tangent; and this chapter reviews methods for solving two equations with two unknowns.

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 7:

  • Class Meetings
    • Lectures 12 and 13
    • Discussion 7/Quiz 5
    • Lab 4
  • Online assignments
    • [PrairieTest] Quiz 4 retake on Monday
    • [smartPhysics] Prelectures and Checkpoints 12 and 13
    • [smartPhysics] Homework 6 is due at 8am on Thursday, February 29
    • [smartPhysics] Prelab 4 is due at 8am on the day your lab meets
  • Action items
    • [James Scholar Students] Start to work to identify your project topic or article
    • If you are looking for individual feedback or advice after Exam 1: Talk to your TA and/or arrange a one-on-one meeting with Prof. Ansell
    • If you are looking for extra help after Exam 1: Come to office hours, connect with OMSA free tutoring, or seek out a private tutor (your TA may be able to connect you with graduate students who are interested in tutoring)
2/16/2024

Week 6 (2/19-22) Exam 1 is complete. We will send out a debriefing email and open up the assessment for review in PrairieLearn on Monday. There will be no curve on Exam 1 scores.

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 6:

  • Class Meetings
    • Lectures 10 and 11
    • Discussion 6/Quiz 4
    • Lab 3
  • Online assignments
    • [smartPhysics] Prelectures and Checkpoints 10 and 11
    • [smartPhysics] Homework 5 is due at 8am on Thursday, February 22
    • [smartPhysics] Prelab 3 is due at 8am on the day your lab meets
  • Action items
    • [James Scholar Students] Start to work to identify your project topic or article
    • If you are looking for individual feedback or advice after Exam 1: Talk to your TA and/or arrange a one-on-one meeting with Prof. Ansell
    • If you are looking for extra help after Exam 1: Come to office hours, connect with OMSA free tutoring, or seek out a private tutor (your TA may be able to connect you with graduate students who are interested in tutoring)
2/9/2024

Week 5 (2/12-2/16) Exam 1 takes place Tuesday-Thursday this week.

If you are feeling anxious as you prepare for the exam please consider checking out this document from the Counseling Center with advice on test anxiety.

If you are encountering difficulties with the math in this course, we encourage you to utilize online resources and office hours for assistance. This OpenStax chapter on right triangles is useful for reviewing when to use sine, cosine, and tangent; and this chapter reviews methods for solving two equations with two unknowns.

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 5:

  • Class Meetings
    • Lectures 8 and 9
      • Lecture 9 attendance optional
      • New unit in Lecture 9: Energy
    • Discussion 5/No Quiz
    • No Lab
  • Online assignments
    • [PrairieTest] Quiz 3 retake on Monday
    • [smartPhysics] Prelectures and Checkpoints 8 and 9
    • [smartPhysics] Homework 4 is due at 8am on Thursday, Februrary 16
    • [smartPhysics] Homework 1-3 90% deadline at 8am on Thursday, February 16
  • Action items

Exam 1 information summary:

  • Exam 1 will cover content from Lectures 1-7* (Lecture 7 will include worked examples. The exam will NOT cover friction or the dynamics of circular motion)
  • Study guide with learning objectives for Exam 1
  • Review lectures to prepare for conceptual questions
  • Practice calculation problems from old Physics 101 exams
  • There will be extra office hours this week to support your studying
  • Information about taking the exam at the CBTF can be found here.
  • Homeworks 1-3 are open for 90% credit through Thursday 2/15 at 8am to help you study
  • Homework 4 will be open for 90% credit through Thursday 2/21 at 8am
  • Previous quizzes will be available for you to review in PrairieLearn
2/2/2024

Week 4 (2/5-2/9)

Exam 1 information summary:

  • Exam 1 will cover content from Lectures 1-7* (Lecture 7 will include worked examples. The exam will NOT cover friction or the dynamics of circular motion)
  • Study guide with learning objectives for Exam 1
  • Review lectures to prepare for conceptual questions
  • Practice calculation problems from old Physics 101 exams
  • There will be extra office hours this week to support your studying
  • Information about taking the exam at the CBTF can be found here.
  • Homeworks 1-3 are open for 90% credit through Thursday 2/15 at 8am to help you study
  • Homework 4 will be open for 90% credit through Thursday 2/21 at 8am
  • Previous quizzes will be available for you to review in PrairieLearn

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 4:

  • Class Meetings:
    • Lectures 6 and 7
    • Discussion 4/Quiz 3
    • Lab 2
  • Online assignments
    • [PrairieTest] Quiz 2 retake on Monday
    • [smartPhysics] Prelectures and Checkpoints 6 and 7
    • [smartPhysics] Prelab 2 is due 8am the day your lab section meets
    • [smartPhysics] Homework 3 is due at 8am on Thursday, February 8
  • Action items
    • Sign up for your Exam 1 time slot in PrairieTest
    • Complete the CBTF Orientation to familiarize yourself with policies and procedures
    • Get your smartphysics access code ASAP before the demo period runs out. We will not be extending smartphysics deadlines for students who forget to get their code on time.
1/26/2024

Week 3 (1/29-2/2) If you just joined the course, please take some time to review the course website and the Getting Started page. This page will help you make sure you are ready for each component of the class.

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 3:

Remember to purchase your smartPhysics access code before the DEMO period expires. Use the code you receive in smart.physics.illinois.edu, not at flipitphysics.com.

  • Class Meetings:
    • Lecture 4 on Monday and Lecture 5 on Wednesday
    • Discussion 3/Quiz 2
    • Lab 1
  • Online assignments
    • [PrairieTest] The Quiz 1 Retake will run from 8am Monday through 8am Tuesday of this week
    • [smartPhysics] Prelectures and Checkpoints 4 and 5 are due 8am on Monday and Wednesday, respectively
    • Prelab 1 is due at 8am on the day your lab section meets
    • Homework 2 is due at 8am on Thursday, February 1
  • Action items
    • Sign up for an Exam 1 time slot in PrairieTest starting February 1
    • Office hours continue in 271 Loomis (schedule). Remember to add your question to the Office Hours Queue to get a bonus point.
1/19/2024

Week 2 (1/22-26) If you just joined the course, please take some time to review the course website and the Getting Started page. They will help you make sure you are ready for each component of the class.

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 2 (beginning January 22, 2024):

  • Class meetings:
    • Lecture 2 on Monday and Lecture 3 on Wednesday
    • Discussion 2/Quiz 1
    • There is no lab meeting this week. Lab will start next week.
  • Online (smartPhysics) assignments
    • Prelecture 2 and Checkpoint 2 are due at 8am on Monday January 22
    • Prelecture 3 and Checkpoint 3 are due at 8am on Wednesday January 24
    • Prelab 0 is due at 8am on Thursday January 25
    • Homework 1 is due at 8am on Thursday January 25
  • Action items
  • Other announcements
    • Office hours begin Monday 1/22 in 271 Loomis (schedule). Remember to add your question to the Office Hours Queue to get a bonus point.
1/12/2024

Welcome to Physics 101. As the semester begins, please take some time to review the course website, especially the Getting Started page. This page will help you make sure you are ready for each component of the class. We look forward to getting to know you this semester.

View a copy of the welcome email sent on January 10.

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 1 (beginning January 15, 2024):

  • Class meetings:
    • Lecture 1 will be held on Wednesday, January 17.
    • Discussion sections will meet in Week 1. Students with sections on Tuesdays will have discussion before the first lecture. There is no quiz this week - you will receive a participation grade for Discussion 1.
    • There is no lab in Week 1 or Week 2.
  • Online (smartPhysics) assignments
    • The first prelecture and checkpoint assignments are due at 8am on January 17, i.e., they are due the morning of the first lecture.
    • Prelab 0 is due on Thursday January 25 at 8am.
    • There is no Homework assignment this week. Homework 1 will be due Thursday 1/25 at 8am.
  • Action items
    • Explore the course website to familiarize yourself with the Physics 101 tools and policies.
    • Choose whether you will use a physical iClicker or the iClicker Cloud app. Sign up for an account using your netid and add yourself to the Physics 101 class at iclicker.com before Lecture 2. If you are using a physical iclicker you will need to add your iclicker number to your online account.
    • If you have not arranged to get an IOLab yet you should do so right away - you will need it for Prelab 1 and Lab 1 in Week 3.
    • If you need DRES accommodations please follow the instructions here. We will not be able to make accommodations unless we have your LOA.
  • Other announcements
    • Office hours begin in Week 2.
1/4/2024

Welcome to Physics 101. As we prepare for the semester to begin, please take some time to review the Getting Started page. This page will help you make sure you are ready for each component of the class. We look forward to getting to know you this semester.

View a copy of the welcome email sent on January 10.

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 1 (beginning January 15, 2024):

  • Class meetings:
    • Lecture 1 will be held on Wednesday, January 17.
    • Discussion sections will meet in Week 1. Check your course schedule to make sure you know where to be and when. Students with sections on Tuesdays will have discussion before the first lecture.
    • There is no lab in Week 1 or Week 2.
  • Online (smartPhysics) assignments
    • The first prelecture and checkpoint assignments are due at 8am on January 17, i.e., they are due the morning of the first lecture.
    • Prelab 0 is due on Thursday January 25 at 8am.
    • There is no Homework assignment this week. Homework 1 will be due Thursday 1/25 at 8am.
  • Action items
  • Other announcements
    • Office hours begin in Week 2.