This page contains answers to common questions that
you might have about Physics I.
- How do I change sections?
- What if I miss a class?
- Can I attend another section if I know I will miss a class?
- How can I get an extension on the due date of my homework?
- What do I do if I miss an exam?
- What if I have a question about my final grade?
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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