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This page contains answers to common questions that you might have about Physics I.

  1. How do I change sections?
  2. What if I miss a class?
  3. Can I attend another section if I know I will miss a class?
  4. How can I get an extension on the due date of my homework?
  5. What do I do if I miss an exam?
  6. What if I have a question about my final grade?

How do I change sections?

When you switch sections in physics, it is important that you make sure that your section gets changed with the registrars office and that your homework and activity grades are transferred from your old section to your new section.  All of these actions are YOUR responsibility.  If you neglect to manage the transfer between sections as directed below, your grades will be affected.  So, make sure that you take each one of the actions below when changing sections in Physics I.

1.  Change sections with the registrar’s office in person or via the web.

2.  Notify the GRADUATE TA in your new section that you need to transfer your homework and activity grades.  (This can be done by e-mail.  A list of e-mail addresses is found here)

3.  Notify the GRADUATE TA in your old section that you need to transfer your homework and activity grades.  (This can be done by e-mail.  A list of e-mail addresses is found here)

4.  About a week after changing sections, verify that your new GRADUATE TA has received your activity grades.

Transferring between sections properly is YOUR responsibility and if it is done incorrectly it can affect your grade.  Please make sure that you carefully follow this guide.

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What if I miss a class?

In-class activities cannot be made up once all sections have completed the activity because the equipment is put away and new equipment is set up.  Also, the activities were designed to be done in a group with a TA and instructor to answer questions and assist when needed.  In some cases, it may be possible for you to do the activity in another section.  Check the next section to see how to do that.

Missed activities count as a zero and are factored into your activity grade.  However, you will be allowed to drop one activity grade, so if you have only one absence, it will not affect your grade.  If you can provide your professor with a written medical or other valid RPI excuse, such as an away game of an RPI sports team, you will be excused from the activity and it will not count in your activity average one way or another.  Please note that the infirmary does not give excuses simply because you are there at the time of class.

Students with written medical or other excuses for an absence must do the following:
1. Present your written excuse to your professor.  He/she will authorize the absence as excused.
2. Notify the graduate TA that you need an extension for the homework on the day(s) of your absence.
3. Notify the graduate TA that you will be getting an excused ("Ex") grade for the activity(ies) on the day(s) of your absence.  You should do this in writing on a regular sheet of paper so the TA has a written record.  The activity will not be made up and the missing grade will not count for or against you in your final grade calculation.
4. Turn your written excuse in to your professor.  Notify him/her that this is an excused absence.  He/she will verify the excuse with the TA.
5. Make sure that you make up the homework during the extension period.

Note that you are responsible for all material we cover in Physics I whether you were in class the day we covered it or not.  You can review the material from the posted lecture notes and activity write-ups, and of course read the book!

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Can I attend another section if I know I will miss a class ?

Under special circumstances and with prior approval from the instructor, a student may attend another section of the course and complete the activity there. You can NOT just show up at another section of the course and have your activity grade count.  However, you certainly may attend any section if you are just trying to get the information that you missed.

If you want your attendance at another section of the course to count toward your activity grade, you must do the following:
1. Obtain permission from your professor to attend the other section.
2. Obtain permission from the professor in the other section that you plan to attend.
3. Notify your graduate TA that you will be attending the other section.
4. Do the activity in the other section, have that professor sign the activity.  Turn the activity into YOUR graduate TA the following class period.

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How can I get an extension on the due date of my homework?

Please ask your own professor for permission.  If your professor gives permission, have him/her initial the top of your homework paper before handing it in to your graduate TA.

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What do I do if I miss an exam?

Please see the conflict exam policy in the course syllabus.  The exam dates and times were posted at the beginning of the semester and it is your responsibility to be there or take the conflict exam.  If you miss one or more of the three exams whether excused or not, you must take the final exam.  If you do have an RPI excuse for both the exam date for the entire time period covered by the conflict exam, we will not count that exam in your average.

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What if I have a question about my final grade?

Questions about exam or final course grades should be directed to your own professor.  If there is an error in your grade, speak to your TA or instructor immediately.  After the final exam is given, we are EXTREMELY unlikely to go back and review your activity and homework grades.  Students must collect all graded activity and homework papers from the teaching assistants.  All students should hold onto all graded papers.  No questions about activity and homework grades will be addressed without a complete set of all the activities and homework assignments for which you want credit.

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You can download copies of the first exam and its solutions, the second exam and its solutions, and the third exam and its solutions.

There will be Supplemental Instruction for Physics 1 by Asantha Kempitiya Mondays and Thursdays 8-10pm in DCC 235.  (This is a change from the original location.)

The optional review for exam 3 will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, in DCC 308.