Summer 2012

Physics 231c is an on-line non-calculus-based general physics class, recommended for a variety of majors, such as those pursuing a pre-med education. Topics include: Newtonian equations of motion, momentum and energy conservation, rotational motion, gravity, thermodynamics and wave motion.

This is an accelerated course. All material usually covered in a semester will be covered in the first half of the summer. The course starts May 14th and concludes with the final exam on June 26th. In general, there will be two homework sets due each week with a timed online exam given at the end of each week. Every week during the session will require a significant online time commitment with a reliable high speed internet connection. The final exam will be a traditional paper and pencil exam taken either here on the MSU campus or off-campus with an appropriate exam proctor.


Richard Hallstein,
#1253 BPS Building, (517) 884-5509

Office Hours: Wednesdays Noon-1:00PM

Help Room Hours (BPS 1248)

Mondays and Wednesdays: Noon-3:00PM and 4:00PM-8:00PM*

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:00AM-Noon and 1:00PM-5:00PM

*Although the help room is open until 8:00PM on Monday and Wednesday evenings, the building closes at 7:00PM. If you wish to use the help room after 7:00PM, you must enter the building prior to 7:00PM.

Online Discussion Board will be monitored by a help room teachig assistant:

Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00PM-7:00PM

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:00PM - 5:00PM


Questions about a specific homework problem should be posted using the "Post Discussion" located just below the homework problem. Although sufficient assistance can befound on some of the less complicated problems using the "Post Discussion" option, better service is available by working with other students and the graduate teaching assistants in the help room.

The closing time for each homework assignment will be the 5:00PM on Tuesday afternoon for the first homework set of each week and 5:00PM Thursday afternoon for the second homework set of each week as shown on the calendar. Late homework will not be accepted:-- the closing time will be strictly enforced. Enter your solutions early to avoid computer/network woes close to the deadline.

At the end of each week, there will be timed weekly online multiple choice exams. There will be ten questions on each exam. These questions will be based on the assigned readings, online lectures and homework problems covered during the week. The time limit on these exams is 40 minutes; an additionall five minutes is added for electronic transmission of your repsonses. These exams are taken at your convenience between 6:00PM on Thursday and 3:00PM on Friday. No extensions will be given.

The course material, including: weekly online exams, homework and recorded online lectures in the form of narrated powerpoint presentations with example problems are posted on the LON-CAPA website. In addition, there is a required textbook for this course.

A reliable high speed internet connection (i.e. not dial-up) is required; as is a computer with the ability to view flash video. Extensions for homework/exams will not be given for reasons like: "I could not connect to the internet", "I didn't have a reliable internet connection", "I enrolled in the class after the official start of the session" or "the net was down at my parents place".

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Last updated: May 30, 2012