Physics 218, Mechanics
Sections 522-526, 236; TR 5:30 lectures
General course information:
Course policies and schedules are found in:
What do you need for this course?
You need to buy a text and a "Clicker", you need access to the
Mastering site for homework (the code normally comes with a new text, see
and you must get access to SmartPhysics
for pre-lectures, and
Text and Online Homework: Young and Freedman University Physics, 13th
edition is the same text as used for the last few
semesters. You need vol. 1 for this course, though if you take physics 208 which uses
vol. 2 you could perhaps get the volumes packaged together.
The online homework site that comes with the text is Mastering, or
"Modified MasteringPhysics"; if you buy a version of the text without
the online access, or a used text, you will need to purchase online access
separately (unless you have a valid account from previous semesters).
This could cost more in the end, so please include the online
access cost when deciding what to purchase.
I don't currently recommend online-only versions of the text,
which can lead to frustration when servers or internet connections go
Clickers: You need an
iClicker for quizzes and polling during the
lecture. The current version is iClicker2. For
this class, the "iClicker1" is also fine; some of these may still be
available. You can't use clicker devices from other companies; the
transmitters in the TAMU classrooms only work with iClickers. If buying
a text in the bookstore look for the rebate coupon which may be
used with these devices. Instructions for registering your clicker
are given here;
you need to do this in the
- Prelecture site: SmartPhysics.
Also see the
for registering. The access code to register for my class is
- For labs: Go to WebAssign,
except that the first time you log in you should do so through the
WebAssign tamu registration
site. Also see
these registration instructions,
with a brief guide to using the site, and a more detailed explanation
- For homework, lecture-slides from our class, and grade postings go to
eCampus. If you are registered for
one of my sections you will have a link for our class once you log in, and
there is a link for the Mastering homework site from that page. Also see
the instructions for registering
for the online homework system,
and also from Pearson some details on browsers, grading,
and tech support (which is from last year, so the browser
information may be slightly out of date).
- For Clicker registration go here
and click on "Register Now" link. Also see
further instructions for
- Recitations: you should go to the
page in advance of the recitations in order to prepare for the weekly
- Further information can also be found at the
Phys 218 course-wide
website, which has links to some of the other lectures, with additional
useful info such as old exams.
Exams, formula sheets, other help:
Exams will include both multiple-choice and partial-credit questions.
Each exam will have a formula sheet attached to it, providing some of the
basic formulas. You may not use other notes during the
exams. It is a good idea to
use these when studying for exams so that you are prepared.
Note that currently these are last year's formula sheets; in case of
any minor updates please check again before the exams.
Previous exams from recent semesters are posted
In addition you can see a few of my exams from before
we had common exams (they are slightly different
format): exam 1,
Also the solutions for exam 1
(in addition see the
numerical correction for the last page),
solutions for exam 2 and
solutions for exam 3. Solutions
for (a different version of) the final exam can be found
Lecture slides will be posted, but not here, you can find them on
eCampus once you log in for our class.
The Physics help desk will be located in MPHY 135, on the first floor of
the physics building. I will post hours as soon as it starts running.
Exploratorium. See the
Sports Science and other exhibits.
PhysLINK news and reference.
Advance of Physics has many links.
The Amercan Physical Society
Dr. Ross' home page.
Physics department page.
TAMU college of Science,
Texas A&M University.
All exams and lecture materials posted on this site are copright ©