CRNs 12743/10067/19775 (lab is a separate course)
Dr. Todd Satogata / firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
TAs: Jiwan Poudel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fall Semester, Aug 27-Dec 09 2016
You will be using MasteringPhysics for class homework and (some) quizzes. You have most probably used Mastering Physics for the previous course in this series. This document is meant to help you with the setup and use of MasteringPhysics if you need it.
Please email me at email@example.com if you have any problems with MasteringPhysics or these instructions, and I'll do my best to correct them.
- The website of MasteringPhysics is http://www.masteringphysics.com/ -- it is linked from the class webpage and from this page, though you will probably want to bookmark it.
Setting up your MasteringPhysics account
- Go to http://www.masteringphysics.com/.
- Click on "Students" in the Register box in the upper left.
- You will be asked for an access code. There should have been one included if you
purchased the class text with MasteringPhysics. Otherwise you will need to
follow the instructions on the screen to purchase an access code.
- I recommend that you use your ODU email address as your login name, and a unique
password for your Pearson Education login that is associated with MasteringPhysics.
- The class ID is ODU2016PHYS231SATOGATA
- Please use your name as you are registered in the class, and your ODU student ID during this registration. Knowing at least one of them is the only way I have of giving you credit for your homework and quizzes!
Using MasteringPhysics for PHYS 226/231/261
- Click on the "Assignments" tab.
- You should see a list of assignments that will include a Due Date/Time for each.
- Your first homework is to complete the "Introduction to MasteringPhysics" assignment by 09:00 on Friday of the first week of class (Sep 2 2016).
- About six to ten problems will be assigned per week for homework. You may begin
working on it as soon as it appears in the class list and you will usually have
one week to complete it. Homeworks will almost always be due by 09:00 on Monday
to encourage you to be ready for that week's quiz.
- The percentage of available score on each assignment will fall after the due date/time.
- All assignments will be available to you through the entire semester so you can review them to prepare for quizzes, exams, and the final.
- I have set up MasteringPhysics so that it does not penalize you for wrong answers. However, you should work at the problem until you get the right answer, or contact me for help if you have difficulty getting a right answer.
- Multiple choice problems are slightly different; here you ARE penalized for guessing. The point of multiple choice problems is to make you think through carefully before selecting an answer.
- You can use any resources you like to solve the problems (including working on them
with friends and/or classmates), but be aware that homework is exercise to
prepare for the exams and you will not have access to those resources during the
- Also note that you should write problems down and work through them in your
homework notebook, neatly and including units. Per the syllabus,
homework notebooks will be checked randomly at least once per quarter.
Last update: 27 Aug 2016