Frequently-asked questions
  1. I cannot find this course on WebCT
  2. I cannot find any listings of the readings for this course
  3. When and where do we hand in the completed homework?
  4. Can we add our own formulas to the formula sheets?
  5. Why does homework include even-numbered problems?
  6. Where are the solutions to last year's exam?
  7. How do I print from techexplorer?
  8. I missed the lecture today and I was wondering... ?

I cannot find this course on WebCT/Sakai/WebWorks
I recently registered in the PHYS 1P23. I was wondering if it could be added to my WebCT, so that I can have the course outline.

PHYS 1P21/91/22/92/23/93 do not use these services at the moment. Instead, go to http://www.physics.brocku.ca/ and follow the links to your course.

I cannot find any listings of the readings for this course
I cannot find any listings of the readings for this course, am I right to assume that we would read all of Chapter XX for this week?

There is no formal list of readings; base your reading on what is covered in class. The best guide is the Homework list for the current week; the problems that are assigned tell you which parts of the Chapter(s) XX and YY need to be covered.

When and where do we hand in the completed homework?
In the lecture I scribbled down a note about homework having to be handed in by 10am on Monday, I did however neglect to jot down where and how. If it's not too much trouble would you please point me in the right direction?

All homework is to be handed in during your tutorials. This is where you get your marked homework back as well. Attending the tutorials is mandatory and a percentage of the grade is assigned to attendance/participation as graded by your tutorial leader.

Can we add our own formulas to the formula sheets?
Many of the formulas we need for our homework, and may need on the quizzes are not on the formula sheet that was handed out in the tutorial. May we write them on the sheet? Most likely we will need those formulas for the midterm, and it's very important for me since the midterm is worth a lot.

No, you are not allowed to write anything on the formula sheets. Doing so would constitute cheating and may lead to a charge of academic misconduct!

The formulas on the formula sheet have been carefully selected. They are a reflection of what your instructor considers fundamental. All other expressions you may require for a particular problem are either provided within the problem itself, or must be derived starting from the fundamental formulas on the formula sheet.

Exceptions are the algebraic/trig identities/surface areas and volumes of solid bodies, etc. that are considered common knowledge and may be quoted from memory.

Why does homework include even-numbered problems?
I have been working through the homework problems. I've been noticing that a good number are "even numbered" problems, and as such the answer is not shown in the back of the book. It's not so helpful to be doing homework when you have no way of checking to see if you are indeed doing it correctly. Could I request that you try to stick with problems where the answer is shown, so that we can check the work as we go?

I am afraid I will continue to assign even-numbered problems.

Life does not always have answers "in the back of the book". You must learn to have enough confidence in your skills to solve problems even for those problems where the answer is not known in advance. The odd-numbered problems will allow your to make sure, and the even-numbered ones will allow you to test yourself. Both are integral to the learning process.

Where are the solutions to last year's exam?
I took out from the library [downloaded from the web] a copy of last year's PHYS 1P93 exam, but there were no answers to go with it. Could you please email me the answers or refer me to where I can get them.

As a rule, the final exam answers are not available online, but you are welcome to come to my office or to the Help Desk with your solutions; we'll be happy to look over them and tell you if you are right or wrong, or to provide you with help in solving them.

How do I print from techexplorer?
I installed techexplorer on my computer. I can see the *.tex files OK, but there seems to be no Print button. How can I print out last year's midterm?

You may be using an older (free) Introductory Edition of IBM techexplorer; you cannot print directly. You could use a screen capture utility and save the browser screen into a graphics (e.g., a GIF) file, and then print that, but the resolution will be poor. Instead, consider upgrading. The new owner of techexplorer, Integre Technical Publications has released it as a completely free (for individual use) software, including printing and most of the advanced features. It is available for download from their web site.

To print a page being rendered by techexplorer, do not use the Print function of the browser. Instead, right-click inside the page, and select the Print option from the techexplorer menu. On some Unix/Linux machines there is no separate Print entry; in this case, choose Save As and use a re-direct to a print queue (under Linux, | lpr -P myprinter) in place of a filename. See the techexplorer page for more details.

I missed the lecture today and I was wondering... ?
I could not make it to class today and I was just wondering ...
  • if tutorials began this week at all?
  • is there a midterm this week?
  • is there a lab on Tuesday?
  • ...

Questions about physics are always welcome and will always be answered as quickly as possible.

However, before asking questions of administrative nature please first consult the course website. A lot of effort goes into keeping it up to date, and the answer to your question may already be there.