Physics 232C Announcements

 

July 23


 PHY232C score summary, final average/grade projection and exam solution

Dear PHY 232C students,
At the end of this message is your personalized summary of your scores on the work you have completed through today's Correction exam and homework set 5. In addition, I have used this data, along with the course syllabus to give you a final grade projection. The projection assumes your work in all categories is represented by what you have done so far.

Below I am including: your MIDTERM post correction score (in percent); your homework average through set 5 including the bonus questions and the bonus survey question in percent; your pre-course concept test bonus to be added to your final exam score (this is either 1 if you chose to participate in or 0% not); your projected final exam score in percent (this is your midterm PRE-correction score plus concept/survey bonuses); and the corresponding projected final grade based on the criteria outlined in the syllabus.

These projections assume ALL future homework (both regular and bonus) and your final exam are represented by the work you have done thus far. Clearly, if any future work in any of these categories changes, your actual scores/grades in some or all of these projected categories will change as well.

Thus far, we have had 107 regular homework questions and 29 bonus questions (this includes the 5 point section specific question and all bonus questions due to sate in the online lecture folders). So, there were a maximum of 136 homework points you could have earned through set 5; but your percent score is based on 107 points as stipulated in the syllabus.

Here is the key to interpret my abbreviations below:
Section specific hw bonus question= (re-confirmation of survey bonus question credit)
FECNCPbonus: survey bonus points added to final exam score
(1 if you chose to participate +0 if you did not)
HW%: Homework percent (including the start of session 5 point bonus question And all bonus questions due to date in online lecture folders)
MT%: Percent score on Midterm (including the correction exam)
PFE%: PROJECTED final exam score in percent (this is your Midterm, pre-correction score plus any earned concept bonus)
PFA%: PROJECTED final course average in %
PFG: PROJECTED final grade

As an *example* of how your projections were calculated, here is a calculated projection based on the current class averages in each category (this calculation is based on the class average, not your personal projection -- the bottom of the email sent to your Lon-Capa account for your personal
projection):

The class average on the homework through set 5 is 114%.
The class average on the midterm, pre-correction is 70% The average on the correction exam is 93%. The corrected midterm average is 76.9%, the average concept bonus is 0.77 points

First, we need to find the post-correction midterm score for our class average (only your post correction score is shown
below):

MTcorrected = 70% + 0.3*(93%-70%)= 76.9%

Using these averages, we can project a final average and grade in the course. In this projection and in your personalized projection at the end of this message, we'll make these assumptions:
1. Assume homework and bonus point performance for the remainder of the course remains as it has been thus far.
2. Assume the average final exam percent score is the same as the average PRE-correction midterm percent score.
Again, if the actual performance differs from these assumptions, the actual scores will change too.
Homework is weighted at 30%, the midterm at 30% and the final exam 40%. So, this average set of scores yields:

Projected final class average: 0.30*HW% + 0.3*MT% +0.4*PFE%

Projected final class average: 0.30*114% + 0.3*76.9% +0.4*(70+0.77)%= 85.6%

Using the grading criteria in the syllabus, we see this projected final average for this hypothetical average student is 85.6% and the corresponds to a projected final grade of 3.5.
Again, the above are all CLASS AVERAGES -- your personalized scores are at the bottom of this message. Further, this class average is *SIGNIFICANTLY* above the long-term historical average for this course and its traditional equivalent.

A solution to the exam is now available in Lon-Capa. The form of the solution is one of the following:
1. A reference to a substantially similar problem worked out in the online lectures.
2. A reference to a substantially similar problem worked out in the required text.
3. A new solution video.

Richard Hallstein

Lastly, your summary and projections are as follows:

 

 

July 22

PHY232C section specific bonus hw credit and pre-course concept credit

Dear PHY 232C student,

At the bottom of this message, you can see confirmation of two different bonus point opportunities offered.

First, is the section specific bonus homework question. This one question was asked to make sure you realized what section you were enrolled in and to save you much aggravation upon finding out you were in the wrong section at the most inopportune time (i.e. right before an exam). Some of you have switched sections prompted by this question. Unfortunately, lon-capa will not show you this credit but I can see it and this message serves as your confirmation it has been received. I will explicitly show this in future score summaries, like the one I will send after our correction assignment and homework set 5 are due tomorrow afternoon. If you chose to complete this assignment, you will see a 5 after the 'Section specific bonus homework credit =', if you did not choose to complete this item you will see a zero. (class average is 4.52)

The second is the pre-course concept test credit. If you chose to complete this item, you will see a 1 immediately following the 'FE-CNPBonus=' statement, if you did not choose to fully participate, you will see a zero. This information will be included in subsequent summaries and will be added to your final exam score. If you did attempt this participation credit opportunity, and you also complete the post-course version offered *PRIOR* to our final exam, 3 bonus points will be added to your final exam score. If you did not attempt the pre-course version *and* you participate in the post-course version, 1 bonus point will be added to your final exam score. (class average is 0.77)

As always, click move to inbox at the bottom of this message to keep this critical message from continually popping up while you work on course material.

Richard Hallstein
Here are your results:

 

June 28

PHY 232C summer session 2 is now available - section 730, on-campus online exam section (message 3 of 3)

Dear PHY 232C, section 730 summer session 2 on campus exam student,

You are receiving this email because you are enrolled in section 730 of PHY 232C
for the second summer session and I want to make sure you are enrolled in
the correct section.   No worries if you are not, as there is plenty of room in
both sections and it is easy to switch sections if you need to via schedule
builder here: https://schedule.msu.edu/

First off, there are two exam folders in Lon-Capa.  Each folder currently
contains only the cover sheet for our midterm exam (useful constants and
information).  However, you will only be able to access the on campus exam
folder.

Your exams will be given in person on the MSU campus on July 17 at 5:00PM in CEM
138 and August 14 at 5:00PM in CEM 138.

If *ALL* three of the following conditions are met, you can have your exams
proctored via webcam, but you will need to switch sections:
1. You are living greater than a 1 hour drive from MSU
2. Regardless of how far you are living, you are not enrolled in another course
meeting on the MSU campus in East Lansing (if you live close enough to come here
for class, you are close enough to come here for our two exams).
3. Your computer hardware and internet connection meets the criteria outlined in
the syllabus.

If *ALL* of these conditions are met and you wish to use online video
proctoring, you must enroll in section 731.  Students using online video
proctoring will be watched/video recorded for the duration of each exam via
student provided webcam and microphone; the computer screen will also be
recorded.  If any of these three conditions are not met or you wish to take your
exams at MSU even if they are met, you are enrolled in the correct section (730)
and no further action is required.
For convenience, here is a link to the syllabus:
https://web.pa.msu.edu/courses/2019summer/PHY232C/

Richard Hallstein (not available from 6/30 through 7/21)
BPS 1253, (517) 884-5509, hallstein@pa.msu.edu
And
Corey Musolff (contact for administrative course questions from 6/30 through 7/21)
BPS 1253, musolffc@msu.edu

 

PHY 232C summer session 2 is now available - section 731, off-campus online video exam proctored section (message 3 of 3)

Dear PHY 232C, section 731 summer session 2 online video proctored exam student,

You are receiving this email because you are enrolled in section 731 of PHY 232C
for the first summer session and I want to make sure you are enrolled in
the correct section.   No worries if you are not, as there is plenty of room in
both sections and it is easy to switch sections if you need to via schedule
builder here: https://schedule.msu.edu/

Students in this section 731 will have their exams proctored via student
provided webcam and microphone.  You will be watched/recorded via your
computer's webcam for the duration of each exam and your computer screen will
also be recorded.

If *ALL* three of the following conditions are met, you are enrolled in the
correct section and will have your exams proctored via webcam:
1. You are living greater than a 1 hour drive from MSU
2. Regardless of how far you are living, you are not enrolled in another course
meeting on the MSU campus in East Lansing (if you live close enough to come here
for class, you are close enough to come here for our two exams).
3. Your computer hardware and internet connection meets the criteria outlined in
the syllabus.

If *ALL* of these conditions are met and you wish to use online video
proctoring, you are enrolled in the correct section (731).  If any of these
three conditions are not met OR you wish to take your exams at MSU even if they
are met, you must enroll section (730) and take your exams at MSU on May 30 and
June 27.

If you remain in this section, you will need to set up an account with Examity,
the online video proctoring service.  This is covered in detail in the online
proctored exam section of the syllabus.  Links to this part of the syllabus are
both on the opening page of the syllabus and in the exam section of the
syllabus. For convenience, here is a link to the syllabus:
https://web.pa.msu.edu/courses/2019summer/PHY232C/    You can now
set up your Examity account.  You will be able to schedule your midterm exam start time on the morning of
Friday, July 12 and the final exam start time on the morning of Thursday, July 25;
I encourage you to do this early, as time slots will fill up on a first come
first serve basis.

If you need technical support for Examity, you can contact their 24/7 support
via: phone 1-855-EXAMITY (1-855-392-6489) select option 1; email or chat -- both
of these are linked on every Examity webpage.

Lastly, there are two exam folders in Lon-Capa.  Each folder currently contains
only the cover sheet for our midterm exam (useful constants and information).
However, you will only be able to access the online video proctored exam
folder.

Richard Hallstein (not available from 6/30 through 7/21)
BPS 1253, (517) 884-5509, hallstein@pa.msu.edu
And
Corey Musolff (contact for administrative course questions from 6/30 through 7/21)
BPS 1253, musolffc@msu.edu

 

 

 

PHY 232C summer session 2 is now available - extra credit opportunities (message 2 of 3)

Dear PHY 232C student,

Students will, at times ask at the end of the semester about doing extra work to
get a higher grade.  In this class, there are plenty of extra credit
opportunities offered throughout the session and I encourage you to take
advantage of these opportunities.  The time to start accumulating this extra
credit is now (not at the end of the session, as then it is too late).   These
bonus opportunities have limited windows of availability and strict due dates.
Other than what is outlined below, no other extra credit will be given. Please
take advantage of each of these opportunities, as they can significantly help
your final grade in the course.  Much of this is in the bonus point section of
the syllabus.

Here are all of the bonus point/extra credit opportunities available in the
course:

 Bonus homework, section specific survey question due 5PM on Wednesday, July 3
is worth 5 regular homework points (it will add more than 0.5% to your final
average). This one, frankly should not take you more than 30 seconds to
complete.  Here are the details:
This question is necessarily due at 5PM on Wednesday, July 3 to allow students
enrolled in the wrong section time to switch into the correct section.  This
bonus question is different from the bonus questions outlined below and embedded
with the online lectures.


Concept tests with participation bonus:
The pre-course version is available now and due on Sunday, July 7; the post
class version will be available on August 5 and will be due on Sunday, August 11
(before the final exam).  Here are the details:
Concept tests: An assessment meant to determine student understanding of
electricity and magnetism concepts. The department offers this to help improve future versions
of this course and its traditional equivalent. At the start of these assessments, you must acknowledge that these concept tests have a participation bonus only (i.e. no credit based on correctness of your responses is given). The pre-course version will be available from the start of the session and is due on July 7 and the post course
version will be available from August 5 and will be due on June 11. A
participation bonus of 1 point added to your final exam score will be given to
all students who seriously attempt* each of these items. Participation bonuses
are as follows: Pre-course +1 point on final exam; Post-course version +1 point
on final exam; any student making a serious* attempt on both will receive an
additional 1 point bonus on their final exam score (for a total of +3 points
added). *- Simple submission patterns (like AAA..., or BBB...) or rapidly
clicking on any response throughout the concept test are not considered serious
efforts and no bonus will be given. This will be checked.
Completing all of these as described will add 3% to your final exam score or
1.2% to your final average

Available now and due with associated homework assignments throughout the
session.  There are about 250 regular homework problems and about 50 additional
bonus homework problems.  Homework is weighted at 30%, so attempting these bonus
problems could add 6% to your final average.  Here are the details:
There are bonus questions in the online lecture folders. You should be able to
answer these after completing the assigned reading from the required text and
watching the online lectures. These bonus questions are programmed to look like
exam questions, as such, they are all multiple choice. In addition, some of
these bonus questions are questions used on previous exams for this course and
its traditional equivalent. Lon-Capa's feedback option is disabled, so unlike
regular homework problems, Lon-Capa will not tell you if you have the correct
answer until after the due date. In addition, the discussion board on these
questions has been disabled. These questions are meant for you to work out
yourself after having read the assigned reading and watched the online lectures.
All points earned here will be added to your total homework points as a homework
bonus (so, homework scores over 100% are possible). Hints and/or solutions to
the bonus questions will not be provided.

Correction assignment for the midterm exam done online as a homework assignment
can increase your midterm score and thus, you final average.  It will be
available from on Friday, 7/19 and is due on Tuesday, 7/23 along with homework set
5.  Here are the correction assignment details:
The midterm exam will have a correction exam assigned as a homework assignment
in Lon-Capa. 30% of the positive difference between the correction exam and the
in-class (or proctored) exam will be added to your in-class exam score as bonus.
As such, the correction exam homework assignment can only add points to your
midterm exam score. Only students taking the original exam will have access to
the correction exam. The correction exam will be available at noon two days
after the scheduled exam and will be due at the regular homework due date/time
the following week.

No other extra credit will be offered or given in this course.

Richard Hallstein (not available from 6/30 through 7/21)
BPS 1253, (517) 884-5509, hallstein@pa.msu.edu
And
Corey Musolff (contact for administrative course questions from 6/30 through 7/21)
BPS 1253, musolffc@msu.edu

 

PHY 232C summer session 2 is now available - general course information (message1 of 3)

Dear PHY 232C student,

Welcome to the summer session of PHY 232C.  From the start of the session until Monday, July 22 all administrative questions about the course must be sent to Dr. Corey Musolff musolffc@msu.edu.  This is the only message I will send to you via the registrar's mail system.  A copy of this message and all future messages sent to the class will come from the Lon-Capa mail system with a copy sent to your MSU email address.
 
You are receiving this message because you are enrolled in PHY 232C section 730 or section 731. All online course material will be delivered using Lon-Capa.  You can log in using your MSUnet ID and password (same as your email) here: https://loncapa.msu.edu/ This message will be resent today via lon-capa’s mail system and again on the official start of class, Monday, July 1 using both the Registrar’s system and Lon-Capa’s mail system.  I apologize in advance for these duplicate messages, but it is necessary for me to make all reasonable attempts to contact all enrolled in the course.
 
I realize this message is long, but you should read it carefully and in detail as it is part of the syllabus and it is copied in the announcement section of the syllabus for your reference.  You will also receive two additional emails today.  One is a section specific email about our two exams.  The other is an outline of all available extra credit (bonus points) available to you in this course.  There are some opportunities only available in the first week, so review this promptly!
 
We will cover all material usually covered in a fifteen week course in a little over six weeks.  This course runs only in the second summer session starting on July 1 and finishing with the final exam in mid August.  In general, there are two homework sets due each week.    Every week during the session will require a significant online time commitment with a reliable high speed internet connection. Extensions of the homework due dates will not be given.
 
There are two exams.  The midterm exam and final exam are traditional, multiple-choice paper and pencil type exams taken either here on the MSU campus (must enroll in section 730) or off-campus via your computer/web-cam for qualifying students (must enroll in section 731).  Qualifying means all three of these conditions must be met:
1. You must live greater than a 1 hour drive time from where you are living to MSU. 
2. You cannot be enrolled in any other course requiring you to drive to MSU during the session (if you are close enough to attend class here, you are close enough to take your two exams here). 
3. Your computer and internet connection meet all of the requirements outlined in the off-campus online proctored exam part of the syllabus.  Of course, if you meet all of these requirements and wish to take your exams at MSU, you can do so, but need to be in (or change to) section 730.
 
On the Friday following the midterm exam, a correction exam will open up in homework mode.  The correction exam is completed online just like all of the regular homework assignments.  This correction assignment allows you to do the same exam again with a different randomization for your assigned values.   30% of the positive difference between your correction exam score and your original exam score is added to your original score as a bonus.  The correction exam can only help your score on the exam; do nothing and your original score stays as-is.
 
The required text book is Rex & Wolfson: Essential College Physics, Volume 2.
 
It is sold at the MSU bookstore and at SBS on Grand River.  This class will use LON-CAPA. LON-CAPA is a computerized homework and exam management system developed right here at MSU. We will NOT use D2L or the Mastering Physics add-on to the textbook in this course.  Since this is an online class, you are not required to purchase an i-clicker.
 
 Whenever you finish using Lon-CAPA you should *ALWAYS* log out.  Staying logged in for an extended period of time will prevent you from seeing any new material added to the course i.e. correction exam, exam results, practice exam problems.   In addition, leaving Lon-Capa idle for a long time can cause access errors (i.e. getting a message when trying to answer a problem stating the system is not available).  No extensions will be given for such preventable errors.
 
Please visit www.loncapa.msu.edu and log in using your MSU Net ID and password.
 
Select the "PHY 232C, Summer 2019" class. The first item on the top is the syllabus.  You can also review the syllabus without logging in to Lon-Capa here: https://web.pa.msu.edu/courses/2019summer/PHY232C/   Read all sections of it carefully. This is the official syllabus of the class.

The next item is a folder containing the lectures for the course.   The Online Lecture folder contains the lectures specifically designed for this online course; they are in the form of narrated PowerPoint presentations with example problems and some lecture demonstrations.  A high speed internet connection and a computer with the ability to view flash video are required.  All of the online lectures for the course are currently available.
 
Embedded within the online lectures are bonus homework questions.  These questions are optional and can only help your score in the course.  Most of these questions, relate at least in part to the assigned reading and/or the online lecture immediately preceding the question.   These questions are programmed in exam mode (multiple choice) with correct/incorrect feedback disabled; the correct answer will be available after the due date.  The discussion board on these bonus questions is disabled and so.  In addition, hints and/or solutions to these extra credit bonus questions will not be provided.

The next folder will contain the homework for the course.  There are homework sets that are due, in general every Tuesday at 5PM and Thursday at 5PM.  The first homework set is due SATURDAY, July 6th at 5PM (this is the only set due on a Saturday).  All homework sets are currently available, so if you know you have a conflict at some point in the semester, you can work ahead.  Additionally, you should not wait until the last minute to do the assigned homework -- extensions on homework will not be granted.   There is an extra credit survey question due Wednesday, July 3 (this coming Wednesday) at 5PM – it addresses your enrollment in the proper section and this due date is necessary as open add ends at 8PM on 7/3; if you’re in the wrong section you can change sections.  This should take you seconds to complete and is worth 5 homework points of extra credit.
 
There is also a folder with three sets of practice exam problems.  One set of practice problems include every single problem from midterm exams I gave in this past academic year (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019).The next set of practice exam problems includes every single problem from midterm exams given in the previous academic year (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018)  The last set of practice problems include every single problem from midterm exams I gave in the academic year Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.  These problems are coded in Lon-Capa and appear in exam mode for zero credit (no due date is set and correct/incorrect feedback is disabled to allow you to return to the problem later). A second folder with each practice exam is available for you with correct/incorrect feedback enabled.  The solutions to these problems take on one of three forms:
1. A reference to a very similar problem in the required text.
2. A reference to a similar problem worked out in the online lectures.
3. A new video solution.
You are encouraged to use these to help prepare for the exams. Try solving the problems first before watching the solutions.  Even if you answer the questions correctly, as you may find some additional useful information in the solution.
 
You are encouraged to come to the help room (BPS 1248) with your questions.  Our Teaching Assistants are more than happy to answer your questions.  Starting July 1, the help room will be open for this course on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00AM-8:00PM; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00AM-5:00PM. During these help room hours, there will always be at least two TAs in the help room assigned to this course.  One is assigned specifically to provide online help using the course discussion board.  While this TA will be in the help room, the online support TA’s first priority is to give online assistance.  Only after all online questions are answered is this TA permitted to assist students in the help room.

You are also encouraged to use the discussion board inside LON-CAPA. If you don't understand a problem or you need help, just click on the "Post discussion" link and post your question. Please do not send questions about the homework via email – the discussion board should always be used for this purpose.  If you are seeking electronic help on a homework problem, use the post discussion option.  More likely than not, others will have the same question and unlike email, everyone can then benefit from your question and subsequent response(s).  If you know the answer to a question, just post your answer. Don't forget: The best way to learn is to teach.
 
Working and understanding the homework problems is a very important part of understanding the material.  While, you can likely find a quick, easy formula derived by someone else in the class or by someone online, which will yield the solution to a homework problem, going straight for this type of solution will not help you learn the material.  If you are faced with a similar problem that does not use the same end formula, that quick and easy homework solution will be of little help.  However, if you understand the underlying concepts and the process that went in to finding that end formula, that similar problem should not be difficult to solve.  Rather than using a quick and easy formula that someone else put the work into finding, a better course to follow is attempting to work the problems yourself after completing the assigned readings and watching the online lectures.  Only after an honest attempt at the problems should you seek further assistance.  Yes, this is more work, but my belief in the importance of working through the homework yourself to your success in the course is both emphasized and rewarded by its relative weight in determining your final grade.
 
To reiterate, two additional emails will follow this one.  Please read them both promptly.
 
Richard Hallstein (not available from 6/30 through 7/21)
BPS 1253, (517) 884-5509, hallstein@pa.msu.edu
And
Corey Musolff (contact for administrative course questions from 6/30 through 7/21)
BPS 1253, musolffc@msu.edu

 

 

 

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