Course Times

  • Lectures: MWF 9-9:50 in Merrill 2
  • Labs: Monday or Tuesday 2-5 in Merrill 200
  • Problem Sessions: Monday evenings 8-10 PM, in Merrill 211 unless otherwise noted


Math 11 (the first semester of calculus) or its equivalent is required.  If you are not sure whether you meet this threshold, please see one of the instructors immediately.


Announcements, problem sets, solutions, and other course-related materials will be distributed via the course's web page.  It is your responsibility to check the site regularly for updates and changes.


Regular attendance at lectures is expected.  Persistent unexplained absences will be noted and reflected in your final grade.  In addition, all laboratory assignments must be completed to obtain a passing grade.  Since the experimental apparatus is normally set up only during the particular week of the lab, do not miss your lab section.

Resources outside of lecture and lab:

I strongly encourage you to use my office hours.  This will not only help you master the material, but – more importantly, from my point of view – will also help me adjust the level of the lectures.  We will have informal problem sessions before problem sets are due.  The Q Center (Merrill 202) offers drop-in help with math and problem-solving skills as well as more targeted help with physics per se.  The office of the Dean of Students runs a peer tutoring program that can provide additional one-to-one instruction.