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Announcements archive for Fall 2021

12/15/2021

Most of the class has taken the final exam, but we have a few students with extenuating circumstances who are still lined up to take conflict exams through the end of the week. Unfortunately that means that scores and final grades cannot be posted until Friday at the earliest. We know this delay is not ideal and appreciate your patience. Prof. Ansell will send a massmail and make a post on this page when final grades are posted.

Thank you all for a great semester!

12/8/2021

Last day of classes update:

The final exam will be held December 9-12 at the CBTF. Some students have late conflict registrations so we will not be able to post final exam scores until later next week.


Final Exam prep materials:


Day Event
Wed. Dec 8 Homework 14 due 8am
Lecture 29 (review)
Lab practical due 5pm (no extensions)
Thurs. Dec 9 Access to old exams and quizzes in PrairieLearn closes
All Flipit late assignments due 8am
James Scholar papers due 5pm
Final Exam
Fri. Dec 10 Final Exam
Sat. Dec 11 Final Exam
Sun. Dec 12 Final Exam
11/29/2021

Week 14 (11/29-12/3) Welcome back from Fall Break. We're in the home stretch, so hang in there!

The final exam will be held December 9-11. We are sorting out the CBTF reservation issue. See other resources for the final exam below.

Here is a summary of all remaining schedule and deadlines this semester:

This week:

  • Lectures 26 and 27
  • Discussion 14 this week, Quiz 11.
  • Lab 4(B) this week.
  • Homework 13 is due Friday 12/3 at 8am

Final Exam prep materials:


Day Event
Mon. Nov 29 Prelecture and Checkpoint 26 due 8am
Lecture 26
Wed. Dec 1 Prelecture and Checkpoint 27 due 8am
Lecture 27
Lab practical open in Flipit
Homework 14 open in Flipit
Fri. Dec 3 Homework 13 due 8am
Mon. Dec 6 Prelecture and Checkpoint 28 due 8am
Lecture 28
Quiz 11 retry (all day)
Wed. Dec 8 Homework 14 due 8am
Lecture 29 (review)
Lab practical due 5pm (no extensions)
Thurs. Dec 9 All Flipit late assignments due 8am
James Scholar papers due 5pm
Final Exam
Fri. Dec 10 Final Exam
Sat. Dec 11 Final Exam
11/10/2021

Week 12 (11/8-11/12) Exam 3 results are posted in the gradebook: Class average was 76% and median was 78%.

The final exam will be held December 9-11. You can sign up for a time slot with the CBTF now.

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 12:

  • Lectures 22 and 23, Refraction and Polarization
  • Discussion 12 this week, Quiz 9.
  • Lab 3(B) this week, Lab 4(A) next week.
  • Homework 11 is due Friday 11/12 at 8am
11/1/2021

Week 11 (11/1-11/5) Exam 3 is happening this week. The exam will cover Lectures 12-17 in their entirety, plus the very beginning of Lecture 18. Study guide and other info, including how to request online proctoring if you are in quarantine, can be found here: copy of class email with links. Grades will most likely be posted on Monday 11/8.

We are still waiting for more information about the final exam schedule. As soon as we hear from the CBTF we will announce the schedule.

Prof. Ansell will be offering a remote office hour on Friday 11/5 at 1pm to provide assistance with homework 10. The Zoom link can be found on this page.

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 10:

  • Lectures 20 and 21. We're getting into electromagnetic waves!
  • Discussion 11 this week. No quiz this week.
  • No lab this week. Lab 3(B) next week.
  • Homework 10 is due Friday 11/5 at 6pm
10/25/2021

Week 10 (10/25-10/29) Exam 3 will be held 11/2-11/4. CBTF reservations are open. The exam will cover Lectures 12-17 in their entirety, plus the very beginning of Lecture 18. Study guide and other info were sent out Monday afternoon (copy of email with links).

We are waiting for more information about the final exam schedule but promise information no later than November 1.

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 10:

  • Lectures 18 and 19. We're getting into electromagnetic waves!
  • Discussion 10 meets this week.
  • Lab 3(A) this week. No lab next week.
  • Homework 9 is due Friday 10/29 at 8am
10/18/2021

Week 9 (10/18-10/22) Exam 2 results are in, with a mean score of 81% and a median at 85%. Keep an eye out for selected posted video solutions in the next few days.

Exam 3 is coming close on the heels of Exam 2: it will be held 11/2-11/4. CBTF reservations begin Thursday 10/21. Expect content to include Lectures 12-18. I will clearly signpost the content cutoff in Lecture 18 and will send out a study guide and other support materials in the next week or so.

We are waiting for more information about the final exam schedule but promise information no later than November 1.

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 8:

  • Lectures 16 and 17.
  • Discussion 9 meets this week
  • Lab 2(B) this week. Lab 3(A) next week
  • Homework 8 is due Friday 10/22 at 8am
10/10/2021

Week 8 (10/11-10/15) Exam 2 is this week (October 12-14). Please review the class announcement email for a list of resources to help you prepare. Please note that course staff cannot discuss specific exam questions until all students are done taking the exam.

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 8:

  • Lectures 14 and 15 continue as usual.
  • Discussion 8 meets this week (no quiz)
  • No lab this week. Prelab 2 due Monday 10/18 for Week B students.
  • Homework 7 is due Friday 10/15 at 6pm
10/4/2021

Week 7 (10/4-10/8) Exam 2 is next week (October 12-14). Please review the class announcement email for a list of resources to help you prepare.

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

  • Lectures 12 and 13 continue as usual.
  • Discussion 7 meets this week (Quiz 6)
  • Week A students have Lab 2 this week.
  • Homework 6 is due Friday 10/8 at 8am
9/19/2021

Week 5 (9/20-9/24) Exam 1 is over, with an overall class average of 85%. Congratulations if it went well for you! If not, be kind to yourself. You have an opportunity to pivot to new study strategies and find structures that will support your success in the coming weeks.

Slight change in remote policy: We are revising our policies for one-off remote attendance in discussion and lab. To get credit for attending remotely you must contact your TA in advance and provide some evidence that you are sick or isolating. A note from Dial-a-Nurse is sufficient for this purpose. Lecture policies for remote attendance are not changing. For more details, please see this page describing our remote policies in detail. If you are an online-only student these policies do not apply to you.

Upcoming math skills workshop on vector addition, 1:30pm on 9/25 in 4018 CIF: The first in a series of math skills workshops, this time will be spent practicing and improving vector addition skills. If you found you struggled with this skill for Exam 1 please check this workshop out (Prof. Ansell is happy to offer extra credit for attendance).

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

  • Lectures 8 and 9 continue as usual, with the 75% threshold back in place for bonus points.
    • Lecture Zoom link, if you need it
    • Don't forget to complete the Lecture 7 minute paper by Wednesday 9/22.
  • Discussion 5 meets this week (Quiz 4)
  • Week A students have Lab 1 this week.
  • Homework 4 is due Friday 9/24 at 8am
  • [This week only] Prof. Ansell's Wednesday 9/22 office hour has been rescheduled to 4pm and will be held over Zoom.
9/14/2021

Week 4 (9/13-9/17) Exam 1 runs from Tuesday 9/14 through Thursday 9/16. As you prepare, remember to check out the extra office hours, exam topics study guide, and list of relevant practice exam problems. If you find yourself in quarantine please contact Prof. Ansell as soon as possible to arrange for online proctoring. Other information about the exam can be found here.

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

  • Lectures 6 and 7 will cover new material
    • Lecture Zoom link, if you need it
    • Since many are taking their exam on Thursday, participation bonus points will be based only on the Monday lecture
    • Even if you choose not to attend Wednesday's lecture, you will be responsible for completing the minute paper no later than Wednesday 9/22.
  • Discussion 4 meets this week. There is no quiz.
  • No lab this week. Prelab 1 is due Monday 9/20 at 8am for Week A students.
  • Homework 3 is due Friday 9/17 at 8am
  • [This week only] Prof. Ansell's Wednesday 9/15 office hour has been rescheduled to 4pm and will be held over Zoom.
9/3/2021

Week 3 (9/6-9/10) If you just joined the course, 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.

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

  • You may now make your CBTF reservations for Exam 1 (coming up 9/14-9/16). A copy of Friday's massmail with exam 1 details can be found here.
  • No lecture on Monday for Labor Day holiday. Lecture 5 will be held on Wednesday.
    • Lecture Zoom link, if you need it
    • Minute papers will continue on Gradescope
    • Continuing this week: lecture bonus points for the whole class if we reach >75% average poll participation in menti for the week
    • Please bring a device (cell phone, tablet, laptop) to class so you can answer the minute paper and participate in class polling
  • Discussion 3 meets this week with Quiz 3. The Quiz 3 retake will be next week on Monday.
  • Labs meet in person at CIF this week for Lab 0. Prelab 0 Week 3 is due on Friday 9/10 at 8am. If you have not ordered an IOLab and E&M accessory kit yet you should do so right away - you will need it for Prelab 1.
  • Homework 2 is due Friday 9/10 at 8am.
  • Remember to add your question to the Office Hours Queue to get a bonus point.
8/27/2021

Week 2 (8/30-9/3) If you just joined the course, 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.

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 2 (beginning August 30, 2021):

  • Lecture 3 will be held on Monday and Lecture 4 will be held on Wednesday.
    • Lecture Zoom link, if you need it
    • Minute papers will continue on Gradescope
    • Starting this week: lecture bonus points for the whole class if we reach >75% average poll participation in menti for the week
    • Please bring a device (cell phone, tablet, laptop) to class so you can answer the minute paper and participate in class polling
  • Discussion sections meet this week, with pre-work. Quiz 2 will be held at the end of the class period; Quiz 2 retake on Tuesday, September 7.
  • There is no lab this week; Prelab 0 Week 2 is due on Friday 9/3 at 8am. If you have not ordered an IOLab and E&M accessory kit yet you should do so right away - you will need it for Prelab 1.
  • Homework 1 is due Friday 9/3 at 8am.
  • Office hours begin Monday 8/30. Remember to add your question to the Office Hours Queue to get a bonus point.
8/22/2021

Welcome to Physics 102. 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!

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 1 (beginning August 23, 2021):

  • Lecture 1 will be held on Monday and Lecture 2 will be held on Wednesday.
    • The prelecture and checkpoint assignments in flipitPhysics for each lecture are due at 8am on the morning of the lecture.
    • There will be two "minute paper" assignments from the beginning and end of the lecture that you will complete in Gradescope. These can be completed in-person, synchronously online, or asynchronously online within a week of the lecture date.
    • Lecture Zoom link, if you need it
    • Please bring a device (cell phone, tablet, laptop) to class so you can answer the minute paper and participate in class polling
  • Discussion sections meet this week, there is no pre-work this week, and the quiz grade will be based on participation only.
  • There is no lab this week; Prelab 0 Week 1 is due on Friday 8/27 at 8am. If you have not ordered an IOLab and E&M accessory kit yet you should do so right away - you will need it for Prelab 1.
  • There is no homework this week. Homework 1 will be due Friday 9/3 at 8am.
  • Office hours begin next week.
8/16/2021

Welcome to Physics 102. 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!

Here is a summary of our schedule and deadlines for Week 1 (beginning August 23, 2021):

  • Lecture 1 will be held on Monday and Lecture 2 will be held on Wednesday. The prelecture and checkpoint assignments in flipitPhysics for each lecture are due at 8am on the morning of the lecture.
  • Discussion sections meet this week, there is no pre-work this week, and the quiz grade will be based on participation only.
  • There is no lab this week; Prelab 0 Week 1 is due on Friday 8/27 at 8am. If you have not ordered an IOLab yet you should do so right away.
  • There is no homework this week. Homework 1 will be due Friday 9/3 at 8am.
  • Office hours begin next week.