PHYS 102 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Getting Started

Physics 102 has three main components: lecture, discussion, and lab. Our expectation is that you will come to all parts of the class prepared and on time. Here are some things you will need to do before you come to different parts of the class:


Preparing for the first lecture

Preparing for the first discussion

Preparing for the first lab

DRES accommodations

Contacting Prof. Ansell and other course staff


Prelectures, Checkpoints, and signing up for flipitPhysics

This class is taught in a “flipped” format, meaning that you will have short assignments that are due at 8am the morning of each lecture. You will need to get flipitPhysics access and do the first Prelecture and Checkpoint before you go to the first lecture. Note that your homework assignments for this class are also contained in this flipitPhysics course.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the Register button, and create an account using your < > email address
  3. Complete your profile, then click on the Enrollments Tab
  4. Click on the Join a Course link and enter P102FA21
  5. Enter your NetID (e.g. whatever is in front of in your email address) and click Enroll Course
  6. You can purchase access through the U of I Bookstore, or you can purchase just the FlipItPhysics access for 6 months through MacMillan.

Coming to class


In discussion you will work with a small group to answer a packet of questions, and will get a chance to test your understanding with a weekly quiz.


You will do a hands-on Pre-Lab activity using your IOLab device before every lab, guided by a lab course in FlipItPhysics. In your weekly lab section you will work in groups to design and understand experiments and experimental data, also using your IOLab device. Note that in the first three weeks of the semester you will have asynchronous prelab orientation assignments in flipitphysics due on Friday mornings.

Getting an IOLab device and accessory kit

You will need to purchase, rent, or arrange to share an IOLab device and the Electricity and Magnetism Accessory Kit so that they are available by the time your class meets for Lab 1. Ordering details can be found on the required materials list.

Coming to class:

Disability-related accommodations

If you have a DRES letter for disability-related academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids, we highly recommend that you take advantage of these accommodations. To do so, you must contact the following people via email with a copy of your letter and a summary of the accommodations you need:

If you are concerned you have a disability-related condition that is impacting your academic progress, you can talk with someone at the Counseling Center, McKinley Mental Health, or DRES about how to see a provider in order to obtain a diagnosis or get your questions answered. To contact DRES, you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 333-1970, e-mail or go to the DRES website.

Who to contact and how

For questions related to overall course content and administration or the lecture, Prof. Ansell can be contacted via email.

For questions related to the discussion, please reach out to your discussion TA or to the discussion coordinator.

For questions related to the labs, please reach out to your lab TA or the lab coordinator.